Keyshia Cole

Birth Name: 
Keyshia Cole Gibson
R&B, Hip Hop, Soul
Music Category: 
Best Known For: 

Her debut album "The Way It Is" in 2005
Star of two reality series on BET "The Way It Is" and "Family First"

Short bio: 

Keyshia Cole Gibson was born on October 15, 1981 in Oakland, California. Cole was first introduced into the music industry at age twelve (along with her brother Sean -also known as Nutt-So) when she met and recorded with MC Hammer. Cole moved to Los Angeles at 18 to pursue a music career. It was at this time, Cole collaborated with artists from her native Bay Area, among them D'Wayne Wiggings of Tony Toni Tone and Messy Marv. In 2002, she was introduced to A&M Records A&R Ron Fair, and after hearing an unfinished version of her single "Love", which would eventually become her first platinum single, he signed her and began mentoring her.

Cole released her debut album, The Way It Is in 2005 with five singles: "Never", "I Changed My Mind", "(I Just Want It) To Be Over", "I Should Have Cheated", and "Love". It was certified gold within 17 weeks, and then platinum just eight weeks later. The album stayed on the charts for over a year, eventually selling over 1.6 million copies. Cole's second album, Just Like You, was released in 2007. It debuted and peaked at number two on the Billboard 200, has been certified platinum in sales, and has sold 1.7 million copies in the U.S. A Different Me, Cole's third album, released in 2008. It debuted at number two on the Billboard 200 with first week sales of 322,000, the highest of Cole's career. The album has been certified platinum. Calling All Hearts released in 2010, debuted and peaked at number nine on the Billboard 200, with first week sales of 129,000. The album has sold 400,000 copies in the .S. as of November 2012. Coles fifth album Woman to Woman released in 2012, debuted at number ten on the Billboard 200, and has sold 329,000 copies as of September 2013.

In 2006, Cole signed a deal to star in a reality/documentary series called "Keyshia Cole: The Way It Is." It aired on BET from 2006 until 2008, giving viewers a closer look into Cole's career and family life with her biological mother and sister. Her second reality show, "Family First" premiered on October 9, 2012.


Keyshia Cole
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Santa Monica, CA 90404-3506


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Submitted by Tammy Rodway (not verified) on

I really look at u as a role model i have 8 kids dont know how i am going to do it day by day but i manager.I look at u and see some of the same story come from Nothing to the top.i dont want to be on top if i can just make it to at least having a room for my grls and rooms cor my boys and a nice suv than i would feel like i am on top i work so hard and can only afford a bedroom so everyone sleep together but i thank god for that everyday. I keep looking at u u push me to do better everyday who know maybe next year i will move on up to a three bedroom i love my Kiesha keep up your good work and u will push me to do better everyday

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Submitted by Michelle B. Pr... (not verified) on

Keyshia, I just wanted to say how happy I am for you that you have been blessed with the other part of who you are. I'm sure your dad was just as happy to see you as you him. You are a good person and a good mom, and don't even get me started on your singing. Since you found your dad the pics I have seen online show happiness on your face I never saw before so please take the time to love each other, catch up and keep on being strong. God is so good........ Michelle B. Pritchett P.S. We have more in common when it comes to our family and ourselves then you know so I hope this reaches you.

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Submitted by Shahira (not verified) on

Keyshia Cole you have been my favorite every since I’ve been a little girl! I am really looking forward to meeting you one day in the future!! You are beautiful and congrats on your pregnancy !! You are wearing it well! ❤️❤️👶🏽

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