Keyshia Cole is a multi-award-winning R&B singer-songwriter, producer and television personality. Cole was born in Oakland, California, to Francine "Frankie" Lons and famed boxing trainer Virgil Hunter. At the age of two, she was adopted by Leon and Yvonne Cole, subsequently changing her last name to Cole as well. Cole started her music career at the age of 12 after meeting MC Hammer. She has grown to be one of the top R&B singers of our time.
It's alleged that Keyshia Cole made a friendship with late rapper Tupac Shakur. The rapper even asked her to write a hook for him the night of his untimely death. At a young age, Keyshia's gift was seen by all of the talented musicians in the industry. In 2002, Keyshia was signed to A&M Records after impressing A&R Ron Fair, who loved her song "Love." That song would later go on to be her first platinum single.
Keyshia Cole's debut album, The Way It Is, was released in June 2005 but spawned her debut single, "Never," featuring Eve on March 23, 2004. The song was used on the soundtrack of Barbershop 2: Back in Business. Though this song was released first, Keyshia's official debut single was "I Changed My Mind" featuring Kanye West. The single debuted on November 9, 2004. The radio remix featured rapper Shyne and peaked at No. 71 on Billboard Hot 100 and No. 23 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.
Keyshia Cole has done music with many icons but one legend she's done music with is Missy Elliott. Missy is one of the top female rappers and hip-hop icons. Keyshia and Missy have also worked on music before as Missy was featured on Keyshia's "Let It Go" single alongside Lil' Kim.
We've let you know that Missy Elliott is one of Keyshia Cole's coolest connections, so it's only right that she's also part of one of Keyshia's best collaborations. Keyshia Cole's "Let It Go" single featuring Missy and Lil' Kim sold millions of copies upon it's release in 2007. Take a listen to the classic above.
Keyshia Cole is still keeping the music scene hot! Her newest album 11:11 Reset was released on October 20. Her single "Incapable" is a true R&B jam. Listen above!
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