Keyshia Cole Biography

(American Singer, Songwriter and TV Personality Known for Her Albums ‘The Way It Is’ and ‘Just Like You’)

Birthday: October 15, 1981 (Libra)

Born In: Oakland, California, United States

Keyshia Cole is an American singer, songwriter, entrepreneur, and television personality. Nominated for the Grammy Awards four times, Cole was passionate about music from her childhood, and did some recording with Bay Area resident MC Hammer when she was only 12. Her music career took off in the early 2000s when she sang on Messy Marv's ‘Nubian Queen’ remix. Critics praised her voice for having a good range of R&B tones, with a husky texture and soulfulness. The R&B singer then worked her way up the music industry ladder with sheer determination and hard work. Her lyrics usually touch upon topics like empowerment, love, and heartbreak. Mostly all her albums have been critically and commercially successful. Besides her music career, she had also ventured into reality television, but as her music career took off, her career in television took a backseat. Keyshia is also an astute businesswoman, and has been praised for her fashion sense. Handling her success with a degree of modesty, she says that success would never change her as a person and if it ever does, then she would prefer to leave the music industry.
Quick Facts

Also Known As: Keyshia Myeshia Johnson

Age: 42 Years, 42 Year Old Females


Spouse/Ex-: Daniel Gibson

father: Sal Gibson

mother: Yvonne Cole

siblings: Neffeteria Pugh, Sean Cole

children: Daniel Hiram Gibson Jr.

Rhythm & Blues Singers American Women

Height: 5'2" (157 cm), 5'2" Females

U.S. State: California

City: Oakland, California

  • 1

    What genre of music does Keyshia Cole sing?

    Keyshia Cole is known for singing R&B music.
  • 2

    What was Keyshia Cole's breakthrough album?

    Keyshia Cole's breakthrough album was "The Way It Is," released in 2005.
  • 3

    Where was Keyshia Cole born?

    Keyshia Cole was born in Oakland, California.
  • 4

    How many albums has Keyshia Cole released?

    Keyshia Cole has released a total of 7 studio albums.
  • 5

    What is Keyshia Cole's most popular song?

    Keyshia Cole's most popular song is "Heaven Sent."
Childhood & Early Life
Keyshia Cole was born on October 15, 1981 in Oakland, California, to Francine Lons and Virgil Hunter, who is a boxing trainer. Her father was absent from her life and her mother's drug addiction landed her in prison. Thus family friends Leon and Yvonne Cole adopted her when she was two, and changed her last name to Cole.
Cole met her biological father for the first time in 2016, after a paternity test confirmed their relationship. Her biological mother is still struggling with drug addiction problems.
At the age of 12, Keyshia ventured into the music industry where she met hip-hop recording artist MC Hammer. She also became friends with rapper and actor Tupac Shakur who promised to help her start a singing career. Unfortunately, he died shortly after been shot.
When she was 18, she moved to Los Angeles to pursue a music career. She collaborated with artists from her native Bay Area, like Messy Marv and D'Wayne Wiggings.
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In 2002, Keyshia Cole was introduced to Ron Fair, an A&R executive. He listened to her unfinished single ‘Love’—which eventually became her first platinum single—and signed her. He also started mentoring her.
‘Never’ was her first single, featuring Eve, which was released on March 23, 2004 as a promotional song for the film ‘Barbershop 2: Back in Business’. However, the single failed to reach the US charts. It was eventually incorporated in her debut album, ‘The Way It Is.’
On November 9, 2004, she released her first single, ‘I Changed My Mind’, from the album ‘The Way It Is’. It was a radio remix, and reached No. 71 in the US. The second single from the album, ‘I Just Want It To Be Over,’ was released on April 5, 2005, and reached No. 1 on the Billboard Bubbling Under Hot 100.
Before launching her debut album, she released a mixtape ‘Team Invasion Presents Keyshia Cole’ with DJ Green Lantern in June 2005, which included remixes of hip-hop instrumentals and snippets from her album.
She released her debut studio album ‘The Way It Is’ on June 21, 2005. The album, which debuted at No. 6 on the US Billboard 200, and sold 89,000 units in the first week, had five singles, including ‘Love’, ‘Never’, ‘I Just Want It To Be Over’, ‘I Changed My Mind’, and ‘I Should Have Cheated’. It eventually sold over 1.6 million copies. She next featured on a single titled ‘Last Night’ by Diddy from his album ‘Press Play’.
Besides her music career, she ventured into reality television as well. She participated in a reality/documentary series called ‘Keyshia Cole: The Way It Is’, which aired on BET from 2006 to 2008. It featured her career and family life; her biological mother and sister also appeared in it. The show had record-breaking views.
Her second studio album ‘Just Like You’ was released on September 25, 2007. Two months later, it was certified platinum by RIAA. It eventually sold over 1.7 million copies, becoming her highest-selling album so far.
She was also featured on Jahiem's single ‘I've Changed,’ from his album ‘The Makings of a Man’. In early 2008, she made several guest appearances on songs like ‘I Got a Thang for You’ with rapper Trina; and ‘Boyfriend/Girlfriend’ with C-Side, a hip-hop group. She also featured in ‘Game's Pain’.
‘A Different Me’ is her third studio album, released on December 16, 2008. It debuted at No. 2 on Billboard 200, and sold 322,000 in the first week. It was certified platinum by RIAA.
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Her fourth studio album, ‘Calling All Hearts’ was released on December 21, 2010. It peaked at No. 9 on Billboard 200, selling 129,000 units in the first week. Eventually, it sold 400,000 copies in the US in the next two years.
Her second reality show was ‘Keyshia & Daniel: Family First’, which premiered on October 9, 2012. The show was about Cole and her husband, Daniel, and her work as a singer.
Woman to Woman’, her fifth studio album, was released on November 19, 2012. It featured guest singers like Meek Mill, Lil Wayne, Ashanti, Robin Thicke, and Elijah Blake. The album received positive reviews from critics, and Cole's vocal performance was appreciated. The album debuted at No. 10 on the US Billboard 200 chart with 96,000 copies sold in the first week.
Keyshia’s sixth studio album, ‘Point of No Return’, was released on October 7, 2014, and featured works of many music producers like Tim Kelley, DJ Mustard, WillieDonut, Mike Will Made It, Amadeus, and Stargate. It also featured guest appearances from Juicy J, Gavyn Rhone, Wale, August Alsina, Faith Evans, and Future. However, commercially the album was unsuccessful, and sold only 45,000 copies—her lowest selling album to date.
Keyshia Cole: All In’ was her third reality show, airing from February 24, 2015. It was about her ‘Point of No Return Tour,’ while she was coming to grips with her broken marriage and issues with her mother and sister.
She has teamed up with fashion designer Steve Madden to create her own shoe line, which includes wedges, high heels, and boots.
Major Works
Her debut album ‘The Way It Is’, and her second studio album ‘Just Like You’ were certified platinum and were appreciated by the music critics as well. In fact, the second album remains her highest-selling album till date.
Her fourth studio album, ‘Calling All Hearts’ is another major work of hers which eventually, sold 400,000 copies in the US. Her vocal performance in the ‘Woman to Woman’ album was also highly praised.
Awards & Achievements
In 2005, Keyshia Cole won the Vibe Award. In 2007, she bagged an ASCAP award for the song ‘Love’. The following year, she won BMI Urban Award for ‘Let it go’.
In 2008, she won an Early Entertainment Award for ‘Heaven Sent’, a single from the album ‘Just like You’.
Keyshia has been nominated for the Grammy Awards four times.
Personal Life & Legacy
In May 2009, Keyshia Cole started dating ex-NBA player Daniel Gibson, and had their first child, Daniel Hiram Gibson, Jr. on March 2, 2010. Their wedding took place on May 21, 2011. The couple divorced in 2017.
She faces a $4 million lawsuit for allegedly attacking a woman at Birdman's House.
Facts About Keyshia Cole
Keyshia Cole is known for her unique sense of style, often mixing high-end designer pieces with streetwear fashion to create her own distinct look.
In addition to her successful music career, Keyshia Cole has also dabbled in acting, appearing in various television shows and films over the years.
Despite her tough exterior in her music, Keyshia Cole is known to have a kind and compassionate heart, often using her platform to raise awareness for important social issues.
Keyshia Cole has a strong connection to her fans and values their support, often interacting with them on social media and showing appreciation for their loyalty throughout her career.

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