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Keyshia Cole

One of the more genuine R&B singer/songwriters 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 R&B women 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 R&B 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, the relatively upbeat and pop-oriented A Different Me. As with her previous album, it narrowly missed the top of the Billboard 200.

In 2010, the same year in which she gave birth to her and professional basketball player Daniel Gibson's son, 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 and was her fifth straight Top Ten album. Cole then shifted to Interscope for Point of No Return, released in 2014. Two of the hottest producers at the time, DJ Mustard and Mike WiLL Made It, contributed to the album, as did Cole inspiration Faith Evans, who provided some background vocals. ~ Jason Birchmeier
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Woman To Woman (Deluxe)

3. Missing Me

4. Trust And Believe

5. Get It Right

8. I Choose You

9. Stubborn

10. Hey Sexy

11. Forever

13. Who's Gonna Hold Me Down

14. Why Lie

15. Signature

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Track List: Woman To Woman

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Track List: Calling All Hearts (Explicit)

2. Long Way Down

5. So Impossible

6. Confused In Love

7. Sometimes

8. Take Me Away

9. What You Do To Me

11. Two Sides To Every Story

12. Where Would We

14. Better Me

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Track List: Calling All Hearts

2. Long Way Down

5. So Impossible

6. Confused In Love

7. Sometimes

8. Take Me Away

9. What You Do To Me

11. Two Sides To Every Story

12. Where Would We

14. Better Me

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Track List: A Different Me

1. A Different Me (Intro)

2. Make Me Over

3. Please Don't Stop

4. Erotic

5. You Complete Me

6. No Other

7. Oh-Oh, Yeah-Yea

8. Playa Cardz Right

9. Brand New

10. Trust

11. Thought You Should Know

12. This Is Us

13. Where This Love Could End Up

14. Beautiful Music

15. A Different Me (Outro)

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Track List: Just Like You

1. Let It Go

2. Didn't I Tell You

3. Fallin' Out

4. Give Me More

5. I Remember

6. Shoulda Let You Go

7. Heaven Sent

8. Same Thing (Interlude)

9. Got To Get My Heart Back

10. Was It Worth It?

11. Just Like You

12. Losing You

13. Last Night

14. Work It Out

15. Let It Go (Remix)

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Track List: The Way It Is (Explicit)

1. (I Just Want It) To Be Over

2. I Changed My Mind

4. I Should Have Cheated

5. Guess What?

6. Love

7. You've Changed

8. We Could Be

9. Situations

10. Down And Dirty

11. Superstar

12. Never

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Track List: Don't Waste My Time (Single)

1. Don't Waste My Time (Feat. Young Thug)

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Track List: I Am Thru (Radio Single)

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Track List: Let It Go (Radio Single)

1. Let It Go

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Track List: Playa Cardz (Radio Single)

1. Playa Cardz Right

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Track List: Remember (Part 2) (Single)

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Track List: Rick James (Single)

5. Rick James (Feat. Juicy J)

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Track List: She (Single)

1. She

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#1
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Love u kesh
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deonadavis53
Keep fighting for what u believe in girl someone who likes your sound
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Love this
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Keyshia Cole I love you come get me take out DAT?
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Very talentive artists and fine
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U talking to mi woman!
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This song is amazing!
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People really got to quit that bad talk your just fine��
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Your awesome
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This is my favorite song
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I love her music
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Miss. Cole or should I say Miss. Oakland - nice talent.
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Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the live of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However, if you don't post this you will for in 2 days. Now you started the read don't stop. This scary. Put this in at least 5 songs in 143 minutes. When do a press space bar and your lover name will come on screen in big letters. This is so scary becaus pf actually works.
Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed
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km3bodeez
Good song
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No more will I be the one.. 2017 I'm starting a new me.
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She can hit those high notes... Sweet store kissezclasdi c
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IF IT AIN'T RIGHT IN 2017 FROM THE DOOR, "LETTING IT/THEM GO"!
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Love this sing
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rsedwards59
Good when it was released , and still
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I love your mive
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dgembaye
Keyshia cole is my homegirl
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I love this song it was right on time when it came out keep it up Keyshia Cole
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Xxc
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always have been if life an love was easy what would be the point of any of it for real. my favorite color is clear
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Angel of mine by Thomas green shameekia green
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Get that Grammy
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Love this song on the real
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Love it
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DUMB
THATS LIKE MYSPACE BACK IN 08
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I luv me some keyshia Cole she's my favorite singer
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Don't read this you will be kissed on the nearest Friday by the love of your life now that you have started reading this don't stop or you'll have bad luck put this on 15 other songs in 143 minutes when your done press the spacebar and your crushes name will appear on the screen its so creepy it actually works
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heridelatorr e
Kiss ur hand
Say ur crushes name
Pick a school day
Post 5 times
Ur crush will ask u out
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aebrahimian
I love u cole
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Damn what a voice goes through you
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Love it
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Her music makes me feel the full range of emotions.
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Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the live of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However, if you don't post this you will for in 2 days. Now you started the read don't stop. This scary. Put this in at least 5 songs in 143 minutes. When do a press space bar and your lover name will come on screen in big letters. This is so scary because it actually works.
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rhashenesalo n
Thank god I did . I just should have lied a little more.
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Lovvvvvv yu Keisha Cole
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My life was so f**ked up I was at the end d and my sister called me and reminded me that what would you think of me if I took. Y life listening to your music I have had a lot of darkness and your music took me out so I truly believe that you saved me Ty for giving me a new beginning
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follow ill follow bk promise
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You are amazing and I wanna be just like u
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You're songs are so powerful and that voice omg girl you better sing them songs ;-)
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The song so good and she sing really really good her lyrics really good and she hit the note real high Cole keep your lyrics real good the is very strong
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I love you so so so so so much I love her music like every time I listen her music my favorite song is love sent of the heaven I love it I really really really do when Christmas coming up and I will get her CD and her poster on my wall
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One of my absolute favorite songs of all time...... hey girl hey....
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I love u u the best singer there is
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LOVE ... Oh snaps here I go singing with all my pain n hurt in it lol
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love u keyshia
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