Deborah Cox is the first Black woman to receive this national honour. But that is just one of the many firsts this singer, songwriter, actress and advocate has accomplished over three decades, including her ground-breaking role as the first Black Lucy in Broadway’s Jekyll & Hyde and three studio albums released with the legendary Clive Davis.
“Becoming the first Black female artist to enter the Canadian Music Hall of Fame is a colossal moment, beyond anything that I could have ever dreamed,” said Deborah Cox. “I’m honoured to have my musical journey and many of the impactful moments in my career captured in this exhibition. I hope the next generation of aspiring artists who see this exhibition are inspired to make their dreams a reality.”
Over her 30-year career, Cox has released six critically-acclaimed albums that have generated chart-topping hits such as “Who Do U Love,” “We Can’t Be Friends,” and “Nobody’s Supposed to Be Here,” which earned her a Billboard Music Award nomination for R&B Single of the Year. She has racked up multiple JUNO Awards, as well as a National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) Image Award nomination, a Soul Train Award, and a Lady of Soul Award, among many other achievements.
This exhibition resembles a larger-than-life Hall of Fame magazine-style spread using digital technologies. Through storytelling, animation, and video clips, visitors will learn about Cox’s career in the entertainment industry, from her humble beginnings as a background vocalist and her work with other music legends, to her time on Broadway and in film, as well as her advocacy work with the LGBTQ community. Featured artifacts include a stunning outfit from Cox’s performance in the Broadway Musical The Bodyguard, and an outfit from her hit music video, “Who Do U Love,” as well as a huge selection of photographs of the artist from a career spanning more than 30 years.