Canela (born Canela Cox in 1984 in Los Angeles, California) is a female R&B singer-songwriter from the 2000s.
Her mother was a backup singer who toured with Diana Ross. Canela was raised in the San Fernando Valley by her grandmother, but when she was 14 years old, her mother got married and she moved to Holland.
While living in Holland, Canela began working as a dancer and a backup singer for her mother and took studio session gigs with local Dutch musicians. When she was 18 years old, she moved back to Los Angeles to pursue a professional singing career.
In 2000, she was featured on Jennifer Lopez’s hit song “Love Don’t Cost a Thing” and even though she was uncredited on the song, Canela performed as a backup singer for J-Lo on her tours.
While performing with J-Lo, Canela was discovered by Rodney “Darkchild” Jerkins who brought her to Dreamworks Records and she was signed to the label in 2001.
In early 2001, she began recording her self-titled debut album and it was announced that it would be released in December of 2001.
Canela’s song “Sponsor” was released to radio as a buzz single while she was recording her album. Along with the single release, a remix featuring DJ Clue & Fabolous was released to mixtape circuits which received heavy underground play, but it failed to make any charts at all.
Her follow-up single “Everything” was released as the official lead single from her debut album. Even though a music video was made for the song and it received some airplay on the BET network show “106 & Park,” it failed to chart just like her previous single.
Due to the single not charting, DreamWorks Records put Canela’s debut album on hold and by December of 2001, Dreamworks Records folded after being bought out by Universal Music Group which caused her album to be shelved, but advanced promotional CD’s appear to have been released.
After that, Canela co-wrote singer Anastasia’s 2002 single “Why’d You Lie to Me” and in 2004, she was featured on rapper Won G’s single “Caught Up in the Rapture.”
During 2004, Canela was signed to Genuine Entertaiment (in conjunction with Monopoly Records) and she began recording another album. The buzz singles from the album “Blazed” & “Bedrock” flopped and due to lack of promotion, she left Monopoly Records.
After leaving Monopoly Records, Canela began songwriting & singing for other artists such as Swedish female singer Agnes’ 2005 self-titled album.
In 2005, she was featured as a background vocalist on the soundtrack to the film “Coach Carter” and was also featured on female rapper Ak’Sent’s song “Pick Up” which received moderate success online.
Canela would later provide vocals for Disney Channel soundtracks such as “Jump In,” “High School Musical 2,” “The Proud Family” and “The Cheetah Girls 2.”
In 2006, she joined a pop band called Anything but Monday, but according to research, it appears as if Canela is no longer with the band since they have a new line-up.
In 2007, Canela rejoined her former label, Monopoly Records and began working on her new album again, later releasing the singles “I’ll C U Later,” “I Want U for Me” and “Kiss & Tell.”
These days, according to research, Canela was still recording her album, songwriting and performing demo tracks for other artists, but it’s unknown whether or not her album will be released anytime soon.
To see a fan-made video for “Sponsor,” go to:
To see the music video for “Everything,” go to:
To see a fan-made video for the remixed version of “Sponsor,” go to:
To see a fan-made video for “Bedrock,” go to: