By: Denise Warner / Photos by Keith Major
Remember the amazing voice who provided the soundtrack to
your coming out years? Yeah? Well now, the one and only Deborah Cox
will be headlining Miami Beach Gay Pride April 10-12! I was thrilled to have the
chance to speak with Deborah Cox about her latest hits, Whitney Houston,
and her experience being a part of our queer lives.
You’re headlining Miami Beach Gay Pride this year! Are you
excited? Are Pride Fests still as fun as the first ones
I am! I’m really excited! I’ve never done Miami Beach Pride and I live here,
so it’s extra special and you know, with all that’s happening in each
state, it’s such a liberating thing to see people able to be themselves.
It’s always amazing, the Pride festivals. They’re all equally
exciting in their own way.
You’ve been doing Pride Fests for a long time. Gosh, I remember
seeing you back in 2006 in Orlando, so it’s just dawning
on me how much change you’ve witnessed. What a perspective
Yeah, to really see a movement have such a great impact—it’s been
really liberating. I can remember not long ago doing my shows in
these little underground clubs because everything was so taboo.
Now, the festivals are huge, the clubs are big, and people will come
up to me and tell me these amazing stories about how my music
has helped them come out. It means so much to me.
Will you be singing your new song “Kinda Miss You” along
with our old favorites? Whenever I want to get gay-stalgic
I put on “Nobody’s Supp osed to Be Here” and re-live
those dance club days, but I listened to “Kinda Miss You”
and I felt that same rush. I feel like you make “memorymaking”
music because we hear it at Prides and clubs, on
the dance floor and with friends.
Awww! (laughs) Wow, thanks! Yeah, I’ll probably do a really long
medley of my big hits and then I like to do a few obscure ones that
were big in Europe. I usually can gauge what the audience wants to
hear and plus my fans tweet me now. They send me messages and
request songs and that’s so cool with social media being what it is.
It makes each show personal and I love it.
Your One Wish album is iconic, so is it hard that when you come
out with new music, we’re still clinging mercilessly to the
Yeah, but I’m okay with that. I try to stay true to myself, but ultimately people
will always want to hear the songs that changed their lives and I get it, that’s
cool. I mean those are the songs that made their mark, that, like you said,
made a memory. But people appreciate the new stuff, too. I, in turn, appreciate
that they still come out and they still want to hear me sing and do a show,
but yes, (laughs) they do get a little territorial about what they want to hear...
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