Keyshia Cole

Biography

Keyshia Miesha Cole was born in Oakland, California in 1981. After her father died, her mother developed a drug addiction, and young Keyshia became a foster child at age 4. Despite her tumultuous childhood, young Keyshia displayed a fondness for singing at a young age. By the time she was twelve, she began appearing on tracks by local San Francisco Bay-area musicians, and even landed a recording session with MC Hammer at the top of his popularity. Her brother, Sean Cole, used to rap with East-coast powerhouse Tupac. Surrounded by music, it's no surprise she is where she is today.

Though she had begun recording at the age most kids still play kickball after school, Keyshia never took singing seriously. At the age of 21, after coming home from a long day of work at Nordstroms, Keyshia caught her then-boyfriend cheating on her. Furious, she took her last two hundred dollars in cash and drove to Los Angeles where she vowed to start a new life. Within months the sultry songstress was signed to a record deal with Interscope, after wowing music execs with both her captivating voice and candid, soulful songwriting.

In 2005, Keyshia released her first album, The Way It Is. The album was an unqualified success, selling over 1.4 million copies worldwide. Featuring appearances by Jadakiss and Eve, as well as production from Kanye West and E-Poppi, the album does far more than just showcase Keyshia's powerful, soulful voice. Singles like Love and I Changed My Mind charted high on the Billboard Hot 100, catapulting her into the spotlight. In early 2007, Keyshia was given her own reality show on BET, Keyshia Cole: The Way It Is, which went on to become one of the station's most successful shows of the year.

Her second album, 2007's Just Like You, has been even more successful in just a short time. Already certified gold, the album has been launched to coincide with the second season of her reality show. Blending her usual introspective songs about love lost (I Remember, Losing You) with upbeat, club-friendly tracks (Let It Go, Last Night), Just Like You is proof that there is much, much more to come from Keyshia in the future.

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Born October 15, 1981, Oakland, CaliforniaSister of gangsta rapper Nutt-So

From Lastfm:

Keyshia Myeshia Cole (born October 15, 1981) better known as Keyshia Cole is an American R&B/Soul/Hip-Hop 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. A fourth album, Calling All Hearts was released on December 21, 2010 becoming her fourth consecutive top ten album.

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Keyshia Cole (born October 15, 1981) is an American R&B singer-songwriter, actress and record producer. She gained nationwide acclaim when her 2005 debut album, The Way It Is, was certified platinum by the RIAA. Her sophomore album, Just Like You, went into production shortly after and was released in September 2007 and certified platinum four months later. Her third studio album, A Different Me, was released in December 2008 and has also been certified platinum. All three of these albums were supported by her record breaking reality/documentary series Keyshia Cole: The Way It Is which aired on BET from 2006-2008, giving viewers a closer look into Cole's career and family life with her biological mother and sister. After a two-year hiatus, she released her fourth studio album, Calling All Hearts, in December 2010. Her second reality show, Family First premiered on October 9, 2012 shortly before the release of her fifth studio album, Woman to Woman on November 19, 2012.

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