|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|
Decca Label Group
|Associated acts||Britney Spears, Sérgio Mendes, Boney James, Ricky Martin|
Deborah Nowalski Kader, better known by her stage name Debi Nova, is a Costa Rican singer-songwriter who resides in Los Angeles.
She has been involved in six projects nominated for a Grammy award, a dance song, "One Rhythm", which reached #1 on the Billboard Dance charts, and has collaborated with artists including Boney James, Mark Ronson, Q-Tip, Sérgio Mendes, the Black Eyed Peas, Sean Paul, Ricky Martin and Franco De Vita.
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 age 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 also has 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 is one-third of the group "LR1" (Latinos are One) along with Jean Shepherd (of the electro-Latin funk band, Navegante) and Velcro. The single "Maña y Corazón" was produced by Andres Levin and released on September 13, 2011, to kick off Latino Heritage Month.
Recently, 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 is entirely in Spanish and serves as a preview for her upcoming album, "SOY", which was released on June 24, 2014. The album is being produced by Grammy-winning producer Cachorro López. The album has 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 one featuring Jamaican Reggae/Dancehall singer Ce'Cile.
"SOY" was nominated at the 2014 Latin Grammy Awards on the category of Best New Vocal Pop Album.
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, for which she was nominated at the Latin Grammys 2017 under the category "Best Singer-Songwriter Album".
|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
|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|
- List of number-one dance hits (United States)
- List of artists who reached number one on the US Dance chart
- "Debi Nova Article". Nacion. Archived from the original on April 7, 2012. Retrieved May 9, 2010.
- "Gandhi & Deep Purple". Nacion. Retrieved May 9, 2010.
- US Chart History. allmusic. Accessed May 25, 2010.