Debi Nova

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Debi Nova
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Background information
Birth nameDeborah Nowalski Kader
Born (1980-08-06) August 6, 1980 (age 39)
San José, Costa Rica
OriginEscazú, Costa Rica
GenresDance, Pop, Latin
Occupation(s)Singer-songwriter, dancer
InstrumentsPiano, guitar, bass, vocals
Years active2001–present
LabelsSony Music Latin
Decca Label Group
Associated actsBritney Spears, Sérgio Mendes, Boney James, Ricky Martin

Deborah Nowalski Kader, better known by her stage name Debi Nova (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈdeβi ˈnoβa]), is a Costa Rican singer-songwriter who resides in Los Angeles.

She was involved in six Grammy award nominated projects, including a dance song, "One Rhythm", which reached number one on the US Dance Club Songs chart, 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.

Early life[edit]

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,[1] with whom she had the chance to open for Deep Purple.[2] 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 2004 she scored the number one track on the US Dance Club Songs chart with "One Rhythm".[3] A remix of the song was featured on the soundtrack for the EA Sports video game FIFA Football 2005.

She was featured in projects by Illa J (brother of J Dilla) and Sa-Ra as well as Urban Legend's Tropical Techniques.

On April 20, 2010, she made her US television debut on Dancing with the Stars. Nova also participated in the Colgate MaxWhite Charging Up The Music campaign.[4]

She released her first studio album Luna Nueva in 2010, which featured her single "Drummer Boy".

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.[5] 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.


Studio albums[edit]


Year Single Peak chart positions[6] Album(s)
U.S. Hot 100 U.S.
/Club Songs
Club Play
2004 "One Rhythm" 13 1 One Rhythm
2010 "Drummer Boy" 5 25 Luna Nueva



Important Performances[edit]

FILMS featuring Debi’s Music[edit]

  • 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



Year Title Role
2016 Primero de Enero Cameo


Year Title Role Notes
2010 So You Think You Can Dance Guest Performance
2010 Dancing with the Stars Guest Performance
2016 Bailando con las Estrellas Colombia Herself Winner
2016 Aspireist Host TV show

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Nominated work Category Award Result
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

See also[edit]


1. *”5 questions for Costa Rican musician Debi Nova - The Tico Times - February, 2018” - “”

2. *”Feature – Debi Nova, Costa Rican Singing Sensation - Howler Magazine - May 2017”

3. *”Debi Nova, Costa Rican Singer-Songwriter - The Costa Rica Star - June 17, 2016” - “”

4. *”Debi Nova Among Tico Nominations At Latin Grammys - Costa Rica Extra - September 2014” - “”

5. *“UN DÍA A LA VEZ” DE DEBI NOVA DISPONIBLE YA EN iTUNES - People Music - December, 2013” “”

6. *”Noche de luna purpura - La Nacion - April 2012” - “”

7. *”Debi Nova, Biography by Andy Kellman - All Music - May, 2010” - “”

  1. ^ "Debi Nova Article". Nacion. Archived from the original on April 7, 2012. Retrieved May 9, 2010.
  2. ^ "Gandhi & Deep Purple". Nacion. Retrieved May 9, 2010.
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  6. ^ US Chart History. allmusic. Accessed May 25, 2010.

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