More than two decades after the chart-topping success of her R&B classic, “Nobody’s Supposed To Be Here,” Deborah Cox has become the center of the latest social media challenge.
The #DeborahCoxChallenge took off online as celebs and church singers alike tried to master singing the song. Everyone from Melanie Fiona and Queen Naija to Keke Palmer, Tiffany Evans, and Lizzo have taken a shot at singing “Nobody’s Supposed To Be Here,” which was originally released on the Grammy-winning songstress’ sophomore album, One Wish, in 1998.
In a new interview with TMZ, Cox shared that she has been impressed by what she has seen so far. When asked for her thoughts on who she thinks has nailed the vocal challenge, Cox didn’t have a particular favorite.
“However you find inspiration is how you are going to perform the song. It’s going to come out of your truth. Honestly, it’s very hard to figure out who the best one is,” she told the outlet.
With that said, the Grammy-winning songstress did say she was particularly blown away by 11-year-old aspiring singer Liamani Segura’s cover.
“I have never heard someone that young sing with such control, clarity and her intonation. All of it,” Cox said. “Singing comes from the soul and you have to have a certain understanding to sing certain parts of that song. Old souls will know what I’m talking about. She really impressed me. Let’s just say that.”
The Toronto-born singer acknowledged that “Nobody’s Supposed To Be Here” is a challenging song to cover for even the most experienced of vocalists.
“The song really is a test of your vocal ability. The song takes you on a vocal journey. It tells a story and I think that’s important as a singer: to be able to establish and show that side as well,” she explained. “Sometimes the performance will not only come out of you trying to find the notes. Sometimes, the feeling comes out. That’s what makes you hit the note. It’s because of how you feel. It’s how you conjure up that emotion that makes you sing that note.”
She continued, “I know, for me, in the studio what's happened for me. I was just so overtaken by the mood and the vibe of it. It just makes you feel something and so that’s what poured out of me in that performance.”