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Keyshia Cole

Background information
Birth name Keyshia Michelle Cole[1]
Born October 15, 1981 (1981-10-15) (age 28)
Origin Oakland, California, U.S.
Genres R&B, hip hop
Occupations Singer–songwriter
Instruments Vocals
Years active 2004–present
Labels A&M, Geffen
Associated acts Ron Fair, Manny Haley, Remy Ma, Monica, Daniel Gibson
Website www.keyshiacole.com

Keyshia Michelle Cole (born October 15, 1981)[2] is an American recording artist. She released her platinum selling debut album The Way It Is in June 2005, and her sophomore platinum album Just Like You in September 2007. Cole's third studio album, A Different Me was released on December 16, 2008, and is also certified platinum. She is also known for her reality show Keyshia Cole: The Way It Is which aired on BET from 2006 to 2008. Season Three premiered on Tuesday, November 12, 2008. The season concluded on December 30, 2008. This season showed her in the stage of making A Different Me. She has disclosed that there will not be a fourth season.

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Life and career

Early life and career beginning

Keyshia Miesha Johnson was born on October 15, 1981 in Oakland, California, where she was also raised.When she was adopted she was renamed Keyshia Michelle Cole. Cole was born to an African-American mother, Frankie and her late Italian father, Sal. Cole traveled to Los Angeles when she turned 18. When rejected from Santa Monica College, she pursued a music career. In 2004, after releasing a mixtape, she attracted the attention of A&M Records executive Ron Fair[3]

2004–2005: The Way It Is

Keyshia's debut single, "Never", featuring Eve, was released on March 23, 2004 to promote the soundtrack to the film, Barbershop 2: Back in Business. The single failed to chart, and Keyshia proceeded to record her debut album for the rest of 2004 and in early 2005.

On November 9, 2004, Keyshia released her first single, "I Changed My Mind", featuring Kanye West. The single reached #71 in the US, and was not a huge hit for Cole. The second single from the album, "(I Just Want It) To Be Over", was released on April 5, 2005, and reached #1 on the Billboard Bubbling Under Hot 100 (#101).

Keyshia completed her debut album in early 2005. The Way It Is was released on June 21, 2005. It debuted at number six on the Billboard 200, selling 89,000 copies in the first week of release.[4] It has since sold 1.4 million copies in the US, receiving a Platinum certification from the RIAA.

The third single from the album, "I Should Have Cheated" was released on August 3, 2005, and reached #30 on the Hot 100. The fourth and final single, "Love" was released on January 6, 2006 and reached #19 on the Hot 100. It has been regarded as Cole's "breakthrough single" by many.

2006-2007: Just like You

Cole began work on her second album in early 2006, shortly after the release of her debut album. She was featured on the single "Last Night" by Diddy, which was the third single from his fourth studio album, Press Play. The recording of her second album was documented on her reality TV show, Keyshia Cole: The Way It Is in late 2006 and early 2007.

Cole's sophomore album, Just like You, was due for a release on July 8, 2007, but wasn't released until September 25, 2007. It featured the singles "Let It Go" featuring Missy Elliott and Lil' Kim, "Shoulda Let You Go" featuring Amina, "I Remember", and "Heaven Sent". Other guest artists included Too $hort, Anthony Hamilton, Young Dro, and T.I.

Just like You debuted at #2 on the US Billboard 200 chart, selling 281,000 copies in its first week, and has proceeded to sell 1.6 million copies in the US, earning a Platinum certification from the RIAA, like her debut. The album was nominated for four Grammys, Best Contemporary R&B Album and Best Rap/Sung Collaboration at the 2008 Grammy Awards and Best Female R&B Vocal Performance and Best R&B Song at the 2009 Grammy Awards, however Cole failed to win any of them.

The lead single from the album, "Let It Go", featuring Missy Elliott and Lil' Kim, was released on June 19, 2007. The single is Cole's most successful single to date, as it reached #7 in the US. The second single, "Shoulda Let You Go", featuring and introducing Cole's best friend Amina, was released on October 19, 2007, and was mildly successful, by reaching #41 in the US.

The third single from the album, "I Remember" was released on December 5, 2007. The single was highly successful, by reaching #24 in the US. The fourth and final single was the critically acclaimed "Heaven Sent", was released on March 7, 2008. It reached #1 on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart for nine weeks, and #28 in the US.

Cole was featured on Jaheim's 3rd Single, "I've Changed", off his fourth Album, The Makings of a Man.

2008–2009: A Different Me

In 2008, Cole made guest appearances on songs such as "I Got a Thang for You" with rapper Trina on her album Still Da Baddest and "Boyfriend/Girlfriend" with hip-hop band C-Side on their album Class In Session. She also made a guest appearance in the music video for "She Got Her Own", by singers Ne-Yo and Jamie Foxx and in the song "Game's Pain" by Compton-based rapper The Game.

Cole is also featured on the charity song "Just Stand Up", which was released in August of 2008 and raises money for cancer research along with various pop, hip-hop, and R&B artists that year. As a result of SU2C fund raising endeavors, the SU2C scientific advisory committee, overseen by the American Association for Cancer Research was able to award 73.6 million dollars towards novel, groundbreaking cancer research.[5]

Cole embarked on the I Am Music Tour with Keri Hilson, Lil' Wayne, and T-Pain from December of 2008 to February of 2008.

She released her third studio album, A Different Me, on December 16, 2008. It debuted at number two on the US Billboard 200, selling 322,000 copies in its first week.[6] The album has gone on to sell 980,000 copies in the US, receiving a Platinum certification from the RIAA, like her first two albums. The album is Keyshia's least successful album to date.

The album was preceded by lead single "Playa Cardz Right", featuring the late rapper 2Pac, which was released on October 28, 2008, and reached #63 on the Hot 100. The second single from the album, "You Complete Me", was released on January 20, 2009, and reached #62 on the Hot 100, making the first and second singles mild hits.

Cole released the third and final single from the album, "Trust", a duet with Monica, on May 5, 2009, and reached #5 on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, and #70 on the US Hot 100. The fourth single from A Different Me was confirmed as "This is Us", and was due for a release in September of 2009, but it was never released, due to Cole's pregnancy and the commercial underperformed success of the album.

Cole was on the cover of the March 2009 issue of Vibe, and was on the cover of the Summer 2009 final double-cover issue of King. Keyshia and Yvonne Cole appeared on the June issue of Sister 2 Sister magazine.

In 2009, she also made a guest appearance on Keri Hilson's "Get Your Money Up" from her debut album In a Perfect World…. Keyshia began work on her fourth studio album in early 2009.

She also toured with Keri Hilson, The-Dream and Bobby Valentino on the A Different Me Tour.

2010-present: Fourth studio album

In August 2009, Keyshia Cole announced that she was beginning work on her self-titled fourth studio album which was due for release by Valentine's Day of 2010, but is now delayed and in post production. The new album is said to contain production from KrucialKeyz, The Runners, Kanye West, and Missy Elliott.[7]

Cole was featured on the Remix of R. Kelly's single "Number One" along with T-Pain. She is also currently listed as one of the inspirations for Pepsi: We Inspire.[8]Cole also worked with Gucci Mane on the song "Bad, Bad, Bad" from The State vs Radric Davis.

Keyshia Cole: The Way It Is

In conjunction with her album release, BET began airing the second season of Cole's reality show Keyshia Cole: The Way It Is on October 30, 2007. The show premiered to record breaking ratings for BET. It is the top returning series premiere in BET history, as well as the number one original series premiere of the year. A reported 2.9 million viewers and 2.0 million households watched the season 2 finale. It is now the #1 series telecast in BET history.[9] Season 3 of the series was filmed in Summer 2008 and premiered on November 11, 2008. The show was rumored to be having a fourth season, however; Cole has concluded that there will not be a fourth season. On Tuesday, August 25, 2009, Cole's mother and sister debuted their own reality show titled Frankie & Neffe on BET. Their show's season finale aired on Tuesday, October 6, 2009.

Personal Life

Cole had previously been linked to rapper Young Jeezy. Even rumors that Keyshia had proposed to Jeezy.

In March 2009, Cole began dating Daniel Gibson of the NBA's Cleveland Cavaliers. [10] On February 4, 2010, the pregnant Cole was hospitalized for precautionary reasons.[11] On March 1, 2010 Cole was admitted into the hospital with labor pains. One of Keyshia's closest friends, R&B singer Monica, confirmed the labor situation via her official Twitter page.[12]

On 2 March 2010, Cole gave birth to her first child, a boy, named Daniel Hiram Gibson Jr. [13]

Keyshia cites Mary J. Blige and Brandy as her biggest influences and is highly compared to the vocal sensations as a combination of the two. Cole also appeared on Chelsea Lately in 2009, and she stated that she would love to tour and record collaborations with the two.

Discography

Tours

Filmography

Television

Year Title
2005 All of Us (Guest Appearance)
2006–2008 Keyshia Cole: The Way It Is
2008 Snoop Dogg's Father Hood (Guest Appearance)
Paris Hilton's My New BFF (Guest Appearance)
BET's 106 and Park (Guest Appearance)

Films

Awards and nominations

Year Award/nomination
2005 Win Vibe Award (Tied with Young Jeezy) for Next Award
Vibe Award Nomination for R&B Voice of the Year & Vibe Vixen
NAACP Image Awards Nomination for Best New Artist
2006 BET Awards Nomination for Best Female R&B Artist & Viewer's Choice
Soul Train Awards Nomination for Best Female R&B/Soul Single & Best Female R&B/Soul Album
American Music Awards Nomination for Favorite Female Artist
2007 Soul Train Music Awards Nomination for Best Female R&B/Soul Single
Urban Music Awards Nomination for Best Collaboration 2007
BET Awards Nomination for Best Collaboration
Win ASCAP Award for R&B/Hip Hop Song ("Love")
2008 Grammy Awards Nomination for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration ("Let It Go")
Grammy Awards Nomination for Best Contemporary R&B Album (Just Like You)
BET Awards Nomination for Best Female R&B Artist
BET Awards Nomination for Best Collaboration ("Let It Go")
BET Awards Nomination for Viewer's Choice Award
Early Entertainment Awards Win for Video of The Week (Heaven Sent)
2009 Grammy Awards Nomination for Best R&B Song (Heaven Sent)
Grammy Awards Nomination for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance (Heaven Sent)
BET Awards Nomination for Best Female R&B Artist
American Music Award Nomination for Favorite Female R&B/Soul Artist
Soul Train Music Award Nomination for Best Collaboration (Trust feat. Monica)

References

  1. ^ Joyner, Joyner. "Radio Host Knows Who Keyshia Coles father is". Telewatcher. http://telewatcher.com/reality/radio-host-knows-who-keyshia-coles-father-is. Retrieved 2009-09-07. 
  2. ^ Birchmeier, Jason. "Keyshia Cole Biography". Allmusic. http://allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&searchlink=&sql=11:axfixq8aldhe~T1. Retrieved 2008-11-02. 
  3. ^ Keyshia Cole Profile – Biography
  4. ^ Whitmir, Margo (2005-06-29). "Coldplay Logs A Third Week A No. 1". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media. http://www.billboard.com/bbcom/esearch/article_display.jsp?vnu_content_id=1000970331. Retrieved 2009-05-27. 
  5. ^ AACR, Stand Up To Cancer
  6. ^ Cohen, Jonathan (2008-12-24). "Taylor Swift Trumps Big Debuts To Stay No. 1". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media. http://www.billboard.com/bbcom/news/taylor-swift-trumps-big-debuts-to-stay-no-1003924895.story. Retrieved 2008-12-24. 
  7. ^ "Keyshia Cole - New Album Due Out in Early 2010". http://www.soulofrnb.com/?p=1602. 
  8. ^ {{cite web|url=http://www.pepsiweinspire.com/keyshia-cole|title=Keyshia Cole - Pepsi: We Inspire.
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  10. ^ Eskridge, Sonya (2009-05-29). "Keyshia Cole is dating a baller". Sister 2 Sister. http://www.s2smagazine.com/entertainment/news/2009/0529/Keyshia-Cole-is-dating-a-Cleveland-Cavalier. Retrieved 2009-06-03. 
  11. ^ Withers, Tom (2010-02-24). "Cavs’ Gibson out to be with fiancee". Yahoo Sports. http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/news;_ylt=Ap7ZPQBBSWcKDwFomef9.i.8vLYF?slug=ap-cavaliers-gibsonout&prov=ap&type=lgns. Retrieved 2010-02-04. 
  12. ^ Arnold, Monica (2010-03-02). "Keyshia Cole in Labor". Twitter. http://twitter.com/MonicaMyLife/status/9887135939. Retrieved 2010-03-0. 
  13. ^ "Keyshia Cole Welcomes Baby Boy". TVGuide.com. http://www.tvguide.com/News/Keyshia-Cole-Welcomes-1015620.aspx. 

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Keyshia Cole
File:Keyshia
Background information
Birth name Keyshia Miesha Cole
Also known as KC, The Princess of Hip Hop Soul
Born October 15, 1981 (1981-10-15) (age 29), Oakland, California, US
Origin Oakland, California, US
Genres R&B, hip hop soul, neo soul
Occupations Singer-songwriter, reality television celebrity
Years active 2004-present
Labels Interscope-Geffen-A&M (2004-present)
Imani Entertainment (2004-present)
Associated acts Kanye West, Floyd Mayweather, Remy Ma, Diddy, Mary J Blige
Website www.KeyshiaCole.com

Keyshia Miesha Cole (born October 15 , 1981)[1] is an African-American R&B singer-songwriter, and record producer known for her soulful voice. She released her platinum selling debut album The Way It Is in 2005, and her second album Just like You in 2007. She is currently in the process of making a third album entitled "A Different Me" coming out in December 2008.

Contents

Discography

Albums

  • 2005: The Way It Is
  • 2007: Just like You
  • 2008: A Different Me

Singles

  • 2004: "Never"
  • 2005: "I Changed My Mind" (featuring Kanye West)
  • 2005: "(I Just Want It) to Be Over"
  • 2005: "I Should Have Cheated
  • 2006: "Love"
  • 2007: "Last Night" (featuring Diddy)
  • 2007: "Let It Go" (featuring Lil' Kim and Missy Elliott)
  • 2007: "Shoulda Let You Go" (featuring Amina)
  • 2007: "I Remember"
  • 2008: "Heaven Sent"
  • 2008: "Fallin' Out"

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