Deborah Cox, 'More Than I Knew': Exclusive Song Premiere

When Billboard chatted with Deborah Cox in February about her first studio album in seven years, the Grammy-nominated singer and Broadway star noted she was "focusing on well-penned songs... something I can really sink my teeth into."

Cox does just that on "More Than I Knew." The sparkling R&B/pop ballad is about a woman realizing the love she's lost. Before it's released on iTunes on April 14, check out the exclusive premiere of "More Than I Knew" below.

The song is the first official single from Cox's forthcoming sixth album, Work of Art. A mixture of ballads, up-tempos and dance tunes, the album is due Aug. 15 through Cox’s Deco Recording Group/Primary Wave BMG.

Produced by Thadeuis Dixon, "More Than I Knew” showcases the versatile range and emotion of Cox’s crystalline vocals. You can feel the angst as Cox sings, "I miss you so much/ More than I ever loved you... Maybe I just loved you/ More than I knew."

"This song is classic me; lots of emotion about a scenario I believe a lot of women find themselves in," says Cox. The singer, who signed with Primary Wave Music for management in February, also released a surprise buzz track that same month, "Kinda Miss You." The soulful dance groove was produced by The Rascals.

Cox, who re-created several tracks for Lifetime’s 2015 biopic, I Will Always Love You: The Whitney Houston Story, will next play the lead role of Josephine Baker in the Broadway-bound musical Josephine. Best-known for the No. 1 R&B/No. 2 pop anthem "Nobody's Supposed to Be Here," Cox counts six top 20 Billboard R&B singles and 12 No. 1 hits on Billboard’s Hot Dance Club Play chart.