Singer Keyshia Cole
birth name: Keyshia Michelle Cole

Keyshia Cole

October 15, 1981, Oakland, CA

Cole was first introduced into the music industry at age 12, when she met and recorded with MC Hammer. She later formed a friendship with Tupac Shakur, who promised to help her start her singing career, asking her to write a hook on his upcoming project, the night he died unexpectedly. Cole moved to LA at 18 to pursue a music career. During 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. After hearing an unfinished version of her her single ‘Love,’ which would eventually become her first platinum single, he signed her and began mentoring her. ~ Wikipedia: Keyshia Cole ~ retrieved October 10, 2013 © Wikipedia

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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-Popppi. 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. ~ Allmusic: Keyshia Cole ~ retrieved October 10, 2013 © Allmusic

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