Deborah Cox’s 1998 hit song "Nobody’s Supposed To Be Here," wasn’t her first pick for a single on her sophomore album One Wish, but the powerful ballad swiftly turned into an anthem for the masses. "The story of ‘Nobody’s Supposed to Be Here’ is so unpredictable, and I think that’s what makes it one of the most special songs in my catalogue," Cox tells Houstonia.
Just recently, the song resurfaced on social media as a viral dance challenge where artists like Melanie Fiona, KeKe Palmer, and Lizzo gave their best renditions of Cox’s legendary deep cut. "It resonated with people the way that only a handful of songs do, and I’m so glad that it has touched the hearts and lives of so many. When I first heard the song, I knew it was something special," she said.
Now, the Canadian songstress is channeling her empowering energy to headline the biggest LGBTQ event in Texas, Pride Houston LGBT+ Montrose Block Party. The highly anticipated event is returning this weekend after being postponed due to both COVID and inclement weather. The celebration will mark Cox’s 25th anniversary in the music industry and the known LGBTQ advocate is delighted to spend some time with her fans here in the Bayou City.
"I’ve always found that the most special part about performing in celebration of Pride is the energy that exists amongst the crowd. My fans have been there for me throughout every stage of my career. Their support is the reason why I’m able to do what I do, and any chance that I get to celebrate with them is incredibly special to me."
Performing at Pride Houston allows the Grammy nominated singer the unique opportunity to connect with her fans on a deeper level. Cox exclaims that she’s always had a passion to support LGBTQ+ rights, and advocates to stop the stigma and bullying that the community endures.
"My goal has always been to create music that makes people feel inspired, empowered, and strong. The LGBTQ+ community holds so many of these traits in everything that they do, and I just hope that my music is able to lift them up when they might need a reminder of how courageous and powerful they are," says the entertainer. "They inspire me each day with their tenacity, and I hope that I can be as strong of an ally to them as they’ve been to me."
The Pride Houston LGBT+ Montrose Block Party will take place all day on October 9 around the local bar BUDDY’S, Hamburger Mary’s, and Barcode. For more information on the celebration, follow Pride Houston on Facebook.