Keyshia Cole

Keyshia Cole (American singer)

Keyshia Cole BIOGRAPHY

Born on October 15, 1981, Keyshia Myeshia Cole (née Johnson) is an American singer, songwriter, actor, and television personality. She was reared in Oakland, California, and started out as MC Hammer’s backup vocalist before signing with A&M Records, where she put out her 2005 debut studio album, The Way It Is. The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) certified the album platinum, and it received two nominations for Soul Train Music Awards in 2006. Riding high on the success of her record, Cole started filming Keyshia Cole: The Way It Is, a reality television series for BET that followed her personal, professional, and familial life. The three-season series became one of the most watched shows in the network’s history.


On October 15, 1981, Keyshia Myeshia Johnson was born in Oakland, California.She is the daughter of boxing trainer Virgil Hunter and Francine “Frankie” Lons 

At the age of two, she was taken in by family friends Leon and Yvonne Cole, who gave her the last name Cole.Cole is one of four siblings: Neffeteria Pugh, the older sister, Elite Noel, the younger sister, and two brothers, Sean and Sam.[10] Following her brother Sean’s introduction to MC Hammer at the age of twelve, Cole recorded with him (also known as Nutt-So).


Collaborating with American rapper Eve, Cole’s debut single “Never” was released in March 2004 as the second single from the soundtrack of Kevin Rodney Sullivan’s comedy film Barbershop 2: Back in Business (2004).Cole and DJ Green Lantern issued a mixtape, Team Invasion Presents Keyshia Cole, in February 2005, featuring remixes of hip hop instrumentals and samples, as a prelude to her then-upcoming album.On June 21, 2005, Cole’s debut album, The Way It Is, was released by A&M Records. In its first week of release, the album sold 89,000 copies and debuted at number six on the Billboard 200. Jadakiss, Chink Santana, Metro City, and Eve are among the guests on the album, which was produced by Cole, Ron Fair, Sean Garrett, Kerry Brothers Jr., John Legend

On September 25, 2007, Cole released her second album Just like you to generally favorable reviews from music critics.

On December 16, 2008, Cole’s third album, A Different Me, was made available.After selling 322,000 copies in its first week of sales, the album debuted at number two on the US Billboard 200 list. The RIAA certified it platinum for sales of more than one million copies.

Cole began work on her fifth studio album not long after the publication of her fourth album, Calling All Hearts. When the project’s production got underway, she collaborated with producers Boi-1da, Cool & Dre, Bangladesh, J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League, Toxic, Mave, and Earl Powell after working with authors Ester Dean and Betty Wright. On November 19, 2012,she released her fifth album, Woman to Woman, which was her first release without A&R executive Ron Fair and manager Manny Halley, who had supported her throughout her career.It became Cole’s sixth consecutive top 10 album when it opened at number 10 on the Billboard 200, selling 96,000 copies in its first week of release in the US.

In February 2015, Cole told Rap-Up TV that she was contractually free from Interscope and intended to pursue her career as an independent recording artist after the release of Point of No Return, which did not sell well. Cole also disclosed that she was halfway through recording her seventh studio album, which will have ten tunes in total.

Cole’s first single since “I Don’t Wanna Be in Love,” “Forever is a Thing,” was released on June 23, 2023. The song was released in support of her Lifetime original biographical television film Keyshia Cole: This is My Story, which debuted on June 24. The passing of Cole’s mother and other significant moments in her life and career served as inspiration for both the song and the movie.


Keyshia Cole is an American R&B singer-songwriter and record producer who has a net worth of $8 million.