Saturday, June 29th, 2013 at Voinovich Bicentential Park, behind the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum
CLEVELAND,?May 28, 2013?/PRNewswire-iReach/ — On?June 29, 2013?Cleveland PRIDE?will celebrate its historic?25th Silver Anniversary Parade, Rally & Festival?at?Voinovich Bicentennial Park, behind the?Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. This year’s event’s theme is “Honoring our Founders & Preparing our Future Leaders.”
In honor of our 25th?Silver Anniversary, Cleveland PRIDE is excited to present the legendary?Deborah Cox?as this year’s headliner. A Grammy-nominated, multi-platinum selling and multi-talented entertainer, Cox has earned three Juno Awards, conquered the R&B and pop charts, including six top-20 Billboard R&B singles, and an impressive ten #1 hits on Billboard’s Hot Dance Club Play chart.? She played the lead role in?Elton John?and?Tim Rice?’s Broadway musical, Aida, and Co-starred as Lucy in?Frank Wildhorn?’s “Jekyll & Hyde”.
“Celebrating our 25th Silver Anniversary Parade, Rally, and Festival means a great deal to our organization and our LGBT community,” shared?Todd J. Saporito?, Board President/CEO.? “We have undertaken a Heritage Video Project, capturing ourCleveland Pride?founders,?Martha Pontoni?and?Andrew Cari?, historical account of the troubling times which caused them to take action and publicly demonstrate in 1989.? We have been releasing segments of this series over the past 8 weeks mobilizing our community for this event.”
Since its inaugural rally in 1989, Cleveland PRIDE has become one of the fastest growing PRIDE celebrations.? This year’s event takes place on?Saturday, June 29th?from 12:00?NOON until 8:00 PM?in the heart of?Downtown Cleveland, Ohio?at a scenic lakeside park located at 800 East 9th Street, Cleveland, OH? 44114.? The event will feature multiple stages boasting a large variety of Midwest entertainment including Musicians, Deejays, Drag Performers, Dancers, Performance Artists and more.
While singing with?Celine Dion?, Cox was discovered by the infamous?Clive Davis?and instantly signed to Arista Records. Her platinum selling debut album,?Deborah Cox?was released in 1995 and garnered her first JUNO award for Best R&B Soul Recording.? In 1998 she followed up with the release of her second CD,?One Wish?.? From this CD came the double platinum, “Nobody’s Supposed To Be Here,” which held the record for being the longest running #1 R&B Single for 14 consecutive weeks. She earned her third JUNO, a Lady of Soul and a Soul Train Award. Her second single, “We Can’t Be Friends,” also went to #1 on Billboard’s singles chart and sold over 500,000 copies. “Things Just Ain’t The Same” and “It’s Over Now” followed.? In 2000, Deborah recorded the duet “Same Script Different Cast” with?Whitney Houston?. The Morning After was released in 2002 with “Up & Down (In & Out),” co-written with Jimmy Jam &?Terry Lewis?.
In addition to roles in both film and television, Deborah also released a Grammy Award nominated tribute album to the legendary?Dinah Washington?in 2007 (Universal) as well as an independent R&B album release of The Promise (Deco Recording Group) in 2008 where she earned her 10th #1 spot on the Billboard Dance Chart with the international hit “Beautiful U R”. Behind the scenes, Deborah has recorded singles for several film soundtracks including Akeelah and the Bee, Hotel Rwanda, Kingdom Come, Money Talks, A Good Man is Hard To Find and most recently?Tyler Perry?’s “Meet the Browns.”
In 2010 Deborah was invited by?Andrea Bocelli?to sing three duets with him at the O2 in?London. She also toured with?David Foster?on his Foster & Friends Tour
Deborah Cox?will headline the Cleveland PRIDE Main Triangle Stage located in the Southwest section of Voinovich Bicentennial Park during the Pride festival. Cleveland PRIDE’s 25th?Silver Anniversary event is expected to draw an estimated 25,000- 30,000 people this year.
For additional information, please contact?Jessica Rosenblatt?, Director of 2013 Festival Main Stage Entertainment at Jessica.Rosenblatt@clevelandpride.org.
Cleveland Pride?, Inc. acts as a catalyst to bring awareness, education and knowledge of the queer community to the public to eliminate prejudice and discrimination on the basis of a person’s actual or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity.