I’m in a nostalgic mood so I decided to do an Old School Flashback battle for you today. Last time, I paired up Michelle Branch against Vanessa Carlton. Not surprisingly, Branch beat Carlton in that battle. I like Michelle much better too. This time I decided to match up two of my favorite Canadian R&B singers.
Canada has a long history of churning out international superstars- Celine Dion, Shania Twain, Justin Bieber, Sarah McLachlan, Alanis Morissette, Nelly Furtado and Nickelback (LOL). The list goes on. For some reason though, Deborah Cox and Tamia, while supremely talented, never really blew up big time. Each had a couple of Top 40 hits, but for the most part, they found bigger success on the R&B charts or dance charts thanks to some pretty wicked remixes. I’m not sure exactly why neither became a bona fide DIVA.
Cox burst onto the scene in 1995 with “Sentimental” which peaked at No. 27 on the Billboard 100. Arguably, her biggest hit was “Nobody’s Supposed to Be Here” which landed at No. 2 on Billboard’s main chart. That track, however, held the record for longest-running number one single on Billboard’s Hot R&B chart for nearly eight years. Currently, the 38-year-old singer is starring as Lucy in the Broadway revival of Jekyll & Hyde. She is married to her high school sweetheart and has three sons.
Tamia first appeared on Quincy Jones’ Q’s Jook Joint. She contributed vocals to two tracks. Both of which charted in the Top 20 on the R&B charts but failed to make much impact on the Billboard 100. Her biggest mainstream hit is her duet with Fabulous’ “Into You.” The track peaked at No. 4 and samples Tamia’s “So Into You” which only peaked at No. 30. The 37-year-old singer released a brand new album, Beautiful Surprise, last year independently. She’s currently married to NBA player Grant Hill. The couple has two children.
I dug through each lady’s discography and chose my five favorites from each of them. I also added in my favorite duet. Check out my rankings below and see if you agree with my choices. If not, sound off in the comments section. I’d like to know your favorite jam from them.
Album: Money Talks Soundtrack
Album: The Promise
Album: Deborah Cox
Album: One Wish
Album: Deborah Cox
Album: Ultimate Deborah Cox
Album: Q’s Jook Joint
Album: A Nu Day
Album: A Day in the Life