Actress Yaya DaCosta portrays Whitney Houston in the Lifetime biopic, Whitney, which airs January 17 at 8pm. But it’s Canadian R&B singer Deborah Cox who provides the vocals for the songs including “I’m Your Baby Tonight” and “I Will Always Love You” for the film.
Cox chose a very different personal and professional path than Whitney. Cox hasn’t released a studio album since 2008. She’s been busy raising three children (she’s homeschooling them!) with her high school sweetheart husband and manager Lascelles Stephens. “A tutor comes for six hours a day,” Cox explained, “but the schedule is flexible. So the kids can fly to where I am on a Sunday, and I can spend my day off, Monday, with them and most of Tuesday. … We’re still navigating our way through it. But I love being onstage at night and doing the creative thing and then being a mommy or working on recording during the day.” She’s found a balance so many working women desire, including Whitney.