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 2004 she scored a #1 track on Billboard Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart with "One Rhythm". A remix of the song was featured on the soundtrack for the EA Sports video game FIFA Football 2005.
More recently, she has featured on 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.
She recently released her first studio album Luna Nueva in 2010, which features her new 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 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 2017.2010: Luna Nueva
2017: Gran Ciudad
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