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Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Who is Keyshia Cole

Who is Keyshia Cole? She was (born October 15, 1981). She is an American R&B singer-songwriter, and record producer known for her soulful voice. Cole cites singers Mary J. Blige and Brandy as her biggest influences and inspirations.

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. Keyshia's third studio album, A Different Me, will be released on December 16, 2008. The lead single "Playa Cardz Right" features rapper Tupac and was officially released on October 8, 2008.

Cole currently wrapped filming the third season of her BET reality series, Keyshia Cole: The Way It Is, which premiered on November 11, 2008.

Keyshia Cole was born in Oakland, California to an African-American mother, Francine (Frankie). Keyshia does not know who her biological father is. Cole entered the ACS[citation needed] system because her biological mother's drug addiction made her incapable of caring for Keyshia. She was adopted by her mother's friends Yvonne and Leon Cole Jr. at two years old. She is the younger sister of Oakland based rapper Nutt-So.[citation needed].

Cole's first experiences with the music industry began at the age of twelve, when she recorded with MC Hammer and associated with 2Pac.

In 2004, she attracted the attention of A&M Records executive Ron Fair.[2] The following year, her Platinum-debut album The Way It Is was released, featuring the hit singles "I Changed My Mind", and "I Should Have Cheated", and "Love". The album debuted at #6 on the U.S. charts and sold 89,000 copies in the first week of release.

Her sophomore album, Just Like You, was released in 2007. It features the singles "Last Night" featuring Diddy, "Let It Go" featuring Missy Elliott and Lil' Kim, "I Remember", "Shoulda Let You Go", and "Heaven Sent". It debuted at number two on the U.S. Billboard 200 chart, selling 300,000 copies in its first week.

At the 50th Grammy Awards, Cole was nominated for two Grammys, Best Contemporary R&B Album and Best Rap/Sung Collaboration.

Keyshia Cole has worked on numerous projects over the years. She has been on soundtracks for productions such as Barbershop 2: Back in Business, Step Up 2, Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married, and others. She also released her debut platinum album on A&M Records titled The Way It Is, featuring artists such as Kanye West, Alicia Keys, Chink Santana, Metro City and Eve. She has also released numerous singles, including "I Changed My Mind" featuring Kanye West, "(I Just Want It) To Be Over", "I Should Have Cheated", and "Love".

Keyshia released the first single from her sophomore album titled "Let It Go" released on July 19, 2007, her second single "Shoulda Let You Go" in October, her third single "I Remember" on December 5, 2007, and her fourth single "Heaven Sent" on March 7, 2008. "Heaven Sent" was #1 on the U.S. Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart for nine weeks. On the Billboard Hot 100, the song peaked at #28.

Keyshia graced the October 2007 covers of Sister 2 Sister, Essence, VIBE and Jet magazines[3] and December 2007 Dub magazine.

She released her sophomore album Just Like You in September 2007 with guest artists Missy Elliott, Lil' Kim, Too Short, Amina, Diddy, T.I., and Young Dro. more

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