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Keyshia Cole

One of the more genuine urban songstresses to emerge in the 2000s, Keyshia Cole worked her way up the industry ladder diligently yet quickly, making her major-label debut in 2004 at age 21. Born on the other side of the California Bay -- the often tough and troubled streets of Oakland -- Cole aspired from an early age to make music her life, so much so that she started working the angles while still a preteen. For instance, she did some recording with fellow Bay Area resident MC Hammer way back in the day, when she was only 12 or so. Her singing aspirations really began to take flight during the early 2000s, however. In particular, she sang on Messy Marv's "Nubian Queen" remix in 2001, and Tony! Toni! Toné! member Dwayne Wiggins featured her on his soundtrack to the film Me & Mrs. Jones, also in 2001.

Following Bay Area opportunities such as these, she began contemplating a leap for the big time: Los Angeles. So when she discovered that her then-boyfriend had cheated on her, she immediately packed her bags and never looked back. In Los Angeles she quickly impressed many with her golden soprano voice and thus made plenty of industry contacts, among them A&M Records president Ron Fair, who immediately signed her to a solo deal. And to work she went on her debut album, The Way It Is, co-writing a number of songs and working alongside a number of hitmakers: the trendiest talent in hip-hop at the time, Kanye West, collaborated with her on "I Changed My Mind," the album's lead single, and other big-name collaborators included 112 group member DaRon, Murder Inc. rapper Chink Santana, and veteran producer E-Poppi. Plus, she got the chance to collaborate with one of her inspirations, Eve, for a song on the Barbershop 2 soundtrack, "Never," which was released as a single in early 2004.

When Interscope/Geffen/A&M was ready to release The Way It Is in the spring of 2005, Cole found herself positioned alongside fellow young urban female singers like Brandy, Monica, and Beyoncé. Yet Cole had an edge over her peers -- a street edge. Having grown up in Oakland and lived there most of her young life, she knew life wasn't all glitter and gold like it was in Hollywood. She knew the streets, and that inner-city viewpoint informs many of her songs, which are generally a bit rougher and less naïve than those of your typical young female urban vocalist. Two singles released from The Way It Is, "I Should Have Cheated" and "Love," reached the Top Ten of the R&B chart, and the album eventually sold a million copies in the U.S. The wait for her second album, 2007's Just Like You, was broken up by memorable appearances on Diddy's Press Play ("Last Night") and R. Kelly's Double Up ("Best Friend"). The album was a smash, topping the R&B albums chart and missing the top of the Billboard 200 by one spot, and its release coincided with a BET reality series of the same name. Just after its second season started, in late 2008, Cole issued her third album, A Different Me. As with her previous album, it narrowly missed the top of the Billboard 200. Two years later, she released her fourth set, Calling All Hearts, which peaked at number nine. Woman to Woman, directed at her fans -- and her first album away from Fair, who left his position at Geffen -- followed in 2012. ~ Jason Birchmeier, Rovi
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Track List: I Am Thru (Radio Single)

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Track List: Next Time (Won't Give My Heart Away) (Single)

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Track List: Playa Cardz (Radio Single)

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Track List: She (Single)

Comments

you go girl I believe you will make it through anything
Ur an amazing Artist... Even though it's been awhile ur music is still HOT... Ur fans love u n keep up the great work...
Mindy24
joebonnerlll
love love love keisha cole so beautiful and can truely sing oice amazing..... . . s o sexy too
Hi
Keisha is 1 of the flyers ladies out there, her voice takes a backseat to no 1
I love you Keyshia Cole. You are my inspiration. Keep doing what you are doing much love.
What's Up Keisha Coles
You are my love
Love trust and believe
Love this song if a man ant treating u wright let him go
Love this song
"So impossible!! ! ! ! "
Good signs
That is my jam and you go girl
My go to artist when love is driving me crazy best heart breaking artist around
Love her music:-). Good for loving hard, making love, breakups, get revenge. Got to love her.
If I Fall In Love Again. Good song, good song.
Love me some keyshia cole
I love you
Should let u go
I'm in love with KEYSHIA COLE
Ride. Or die. Girl
Let it. Go. Girl
Have mercy
This song right here explains my breakup a year ago to a t... I feel you Keyshia...en o u g h of no love...
I love "Love"! Music is supposed to move you and there are two artist that have ever done that for me no matter what they sing... Keyshia Cole is one. Collaboratio n with Lyfe Jennings is a must!
SuperStar! I love Keyshia
Best singer
1kiss ur hand 2 say ur crushes name 3say ur name 4pick a day 5post this on 15 other songs 6on tht day ur crush will kiss yhu
Say iPhone 5 times
Pick a color
Post on 5 songs
I love your so much❤️������
Go f**k yourself b**ches! BROKE BACK Marlett sucks!
My s**t
I was sent from heaven
I love you
Love her
chopticon22
Twtw
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Yetq
Dis my ish with younge mula n keyshia cole
Why would you put your phone number @tenisharobi n s o n 0
But anyway I this song
antoriansdad
I paradise loves thi song some ones else's page but I love this song
Love this song
8326413590. Call me Lameica
I like your song
Chaff
Love it so much!
nikkarikel
Keyshiacole me and my sister and mom and brother loves you songs
nikkarikel
Rikel Buck I love you Keyshiacole and me and my mom and sister loves you songs
Love heaven sent so much
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