|Birth name||Deborah Nowalski Kader|
August 6, 1980 |
San José, Costa Rica
|Origin||Escazú, Costa Rica|
|Genres||Dance, Pop, Latin|
|Instruments||Piano, guitar, bass, vocals|
|Labels||Sony Music Latin
Decca Label Group
|Associated acts||Britney Spears, Sérgio Mendes, Boney James, Ricky Martin|
She was involved in six Grammy award nominated projects, including a dance song, "One Rhythm", which reached #1 on the Billboard Dance charts, which was featured on the EA FIFA 2005 video game. She has collaborated with artists including Boney James, Mark Ronson, Q-Tip, Sérgio Mendes, the Black Eyed Peas, Sean Paul, Ricky Martin, Franco De Vita and many more.
Debi was born August 6, 1980, in San José, Costa Rica and is of Polish Jewish descent. She started playing piano at age four, and played classical music for ten years. She became a singer-songwriter and a multi-instrumentalist at the age of 14. She moved to Los Angeles at 17 when she signed her first record deal. She is a graduate of LAMA College for Music Professionals.
Nova started as a backing vocalist for Gandhi, with whom she had the chance to open for Deep Purple. She has also worked with Ricky Martin, with whom she recorded a Spanish version of the song "I Don't Care". Nova sang background vocals for Britney Spears in her song "Lace and Leather", from her album Circus.
In 2011, MTV Latin America awarded her the prize MTV Chiuku for her work in the United Nations campaign "UNITE to end violence against women" organized by UN Women, and in April 2012 she was named ambassador of YUNGA (Youth and United Nations Global Alliance).
Nova was one-third of the group "LR1" (Latinos are One) for a while, along with Jean Shepherd (of the electro-Latin funk band, Navegante) and Velcro. Their single "Maña y Corazón" was produced by Andres Levin and released on September 13, 2011, to kick off Latino Heritage Month.
Nova was selected as the official voice of the Central American Games, San José 2013, with the song "Arriba Arriba" (Get Up, Get Up) and was also invited to participate in the TEDx Joven Pura Vida (Youth Pure Life) conference, where she shared her story, her music and encouraged young people to follow their dreams.
On December 17, 2013, she released her EP "Un Dia a la Vez". The project was entirely in Spanish and served as a preview for her next album, "SOY", which was released on June 24, 2014. The album was produced by Grammy-winning producer Cachorro López. The album released four singles, "Un Día A La Vez", "Amor", "Emergencia" and "Cupido". The latter was released in two versions, one featuring Puerto Rican singer Sie7e, and the other featured Jamaican Reggae/Dancehall singer Ce'Cile.
"SOY" was nominated at the 2014 Latin Grammy Awards in the Best New Vocal Pop Album category.
in 2016, Debi won the first season of Colombia's Version of "Dancing with the Stars".
She released her third album "Gran Ciudad" in 2017, on Sony Music Latin for which she was nominated at the Latin Grammys 2017 in the category "Best Singer-Songwriter Album". She performed her single 'No Nos Sobran Los Domingos' at the 2017 pre-Grammy show.
|Year||Single||Peak chart positions||Album(s)|
|U.S. Hot 100||U.S.
|2004||"One Rhythm"||—||13||1||—||—||One Rhythm|
|2010||"Drummer Boy"||—||—||—||5||25||Luna Nueva|
- 2002 : Won't You Stay by Norman Brown
- 2003 : Tomorrow by Mark Ronson
- 2004 : Appreciate by Boney James
- 2005 : Qué Más Da by Ricky Martin
- 2006 : Timeless by Sergio Mendes
- 2008 : Circus by Britney Spears
- 2014 : Latin Lovers
- 2003 : International Affair by Sean Paul
- 2003 : Latin Girls by The Black Eyed Peas
- 2005 : One Rhythm (Do Yard Riddim Mix), FIFA Football 2005
- 2011 : Si Quieres Decir Adiós de Franco De Vita
- 2012 : One Woman
- 2017: “Latin Grammy Pre-Show”
- 2017: “Sofar Songs from a Room & Amnesty International”
- 2016: “RiseUp AS ONE “
- 2015: “Dalai Lama's 80th Birthday”
- 2015: “South South Awards”
- 2014: “Sofar Songs from a Room”
- 2014: “Latin Grammy Person Of The Year”
- 2013: “TEDx Pura Vida”
- 2009: “Dancing With The Stars”
- 2010: “So You Think You Can Dance”
- 2010: “Despierta America”
- 2010: “LARAS”
- 2010: “World Youth Conference MX”
- 2007: “Miss Costa Rica”
- 2005: “Victoria's Secret Fashion Show (with Ricky Martin)”
FILMS featuring Debi’s Music:
- 2017: “Hombre de Fe”: Al Frente
- 2016: “First Lady of the Revolution”: Guerrera
- 2015: “Pr1mero de Enero”: Volver a Comenzar
- 2015: “Spare Parts”: Guerrero (Fonseca ft. Debi Nova)
- 2011: “From Prada to Nada”: Need 2 B Loved
- 2006: “Americano”: Naturale
- 2005: “Prime”: Lay Low
- 2004: “Mean Girls”: Let Me Let Go
|2016||Primero de Enero||Cameo|
|2010||So You Think You Can Dance||Guest||Performance|
|2010||Dancing with the Stars||Guest||Performance|
|2016||Bailando con las Estrellas Colombia||Herself||Winner|
Awards and nominations
|2011||Herself||Breakout Artist of the Year||Premio Lo Nuestro||Nominated|
|2014||SOY||Best Contemporary Pop Vocal Album||Latin Grammy||Nominated|
|2017||Gran Ciudad||Best Singer-Songwriter Album||Latin Grammy||Nominated|
- List of number-one dance hits (United States)
- List of artists who reached number one on the US Dance chart
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2. *”Feature – Debi Nova, Costa Rican Singing Sensation - Howler Magazine - May 2017” http://howlermag.com/2017/05/2516/
3. *”Debi Nova, Costa Rican Singer-Songwriter - The Costa Rica Star - June 17, 2016” - “https://news.co.cr/debi-nova/48029/”
4. *”Debi Nova Among Tico Nominations At Latin Grammys - Costa Rica Extra - September 2014” - “http://qcostarica.com/debi-nova-among-tico-nominations-at-latin-grammys/”
5. *“UN DÍA A LA VEZ” DE DEBI NOVA DISPONIBLE YA EN iTUNES - People Music - December, 2013” “http://www.peoplemusic.com/un-dia-a-la-vez-de-debi-nova-disponible-ya-en-itunes/”
6. *”Noche de luna purpura - La Nacion - April 2012” - “http://wvw.nacion.com/viva/1998/febrero/10/espec1.html”
7. *”Debi Nova, Biography by Andy Kellman - All Music - May, 2010” - “https://www.allmusic.com/artist/debi-nova-mn0000677245”
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