Keyshia Cole to release A Different Me
Hugely successful Grammy nominated R&B singer and songwriter KEYSHIA COLE is set to close out 2008 with a bang. Three (3) songs from her second album reached number one (#1) status -- “Let It Go” (w/Missy Elliott and Lil Kim), “I Remember” and “Heaven Sent.” Her reality show “The Way It Is” became the most-watched program in BET’s history, and with season three having started yesterday, November 11th, Keyshia Cole is sure to make history again. Keyshia’s third album, A Different Me – Executive Produced by Keyshia, Manager Manny Halley and Geffen Records Chairman Ron Fair has been released on Tuesday, December 16, 2008.
KEYSHIA COLE is the definitive soul singer to emerge in this decade, and she is in good company. Over the past seven decades, precious few R & B females have touched the hearts of America. From Billie Holiday to Sarah Vaughn, Dinah Washington, Nina Simone, Aretha Franklin, Tina Turner, Gladys Knight, Whitney Houston, and Mary J. Blige - Keyshia possesses the same innate quality of telling the truth through song like her predecessors. Her pain becomes your pain, her joy, your joy.
Her first single, “Playa Cardz Right” featuring Tupac (an early mentor of Cole’s) has already garnered a top 15 chart position in its first three weeks. This single follows a host of seven (7) number one (#1) records that include “I Should Have Cheated;” “Love,” “Let it Go,” “I Remember,” “Heaven Sent,” “Last Night” (w/P. Diddy) and “Give it Up to Me” (w/Sean Paul.)
Artist: Keyshia Cole
Title: A Different Me
Release date: 12/16/08
Label: Geffen Records
Single: Playa Cardz Right
Buy at: Amazon
All of the songs for A Different Me were written or co-written by Keyshia with production from award-winning producers such as Ron Fair, Polow Da Don, the Trackmasters, The Runners, Kwame and Neffu. Guest appearances include Kanye West, Nas, a duet with Monica, and a posthumous appearance from Tupac. Keyshia was nominated for two Grammy awards in 2007 for “Best Contemporary R&B Album” for “Just Like You” and “Best Rap-Sung Collaboration” for “Let it Go” (w/Missy Elliott and Lil’ Kim). She has also received awards and or nominations from the American Music Awards, Music Choice Awards, NAACP Awards, BET Awards, Vibe Awards, and ASCAP Awards.
Born in 1981 in Oakland, California, Keyshia didn’t have it easy. The Cole’s adopted her after her mother Frankie, an addict at the time, could no longer take care of her. Twenty plus years later, she is still trying to put all of the pieces of the puzzle we call life together – discovering long lost siblings, mending the relationship with her mother who was recently released from jail and supporting her sister, Neffe, and her four children.
The road to riches wasn’t easy for Keyshia and still isn’t. Besides the release of a new album, new season of her BET reality show, touring and personal appearances, Keyshia is gearing up for the production of a movie based on her life. Be sure to catch her on BET every Tuesday night at 10PM.
What Keyshia Cole looks for in a man
Want to know how to scoop a honey like Keyshia? Here are 10 characteristics Keyshia looks for in a man!
"TOP 10 WAYS FOR A GUY TO GET ME TO LIKE HIM"
- Keyshia Cole
1. GENUINELY NICE AND PATIENT
2. KNOW WHAT YOU WANT OUT OF LIFE
3. LOVING YOUR BODY UNCONDITIONALLY
4. BEING CONSISTENT; DON’T CHANGE AFTER A FEW DATES
5. BEING CONTENT WITH THE MAN YOU ARE (BE CONFIDENT)
6. LOVE THY MOTHER
7. HAVE YOUR OWN THING GOING ON
8. NICE TEETH AND LIPS
9. SOMEONE WHO BELIEVES IN GOD
Plus... 3 Pick-Up Lines Keyshia Doesn't Want To Hear... Again!
"CORNIEST LINES I'VE HEARD"
- Keyshia Cole
1. I’LL GIVE YOU $100 TO RUB YOUR FEET
2. I THINK GOD PUT YOU IN MY LIFE FOR A REASON
3. I’M ON RODEO, JUST TELL ME ALL YOUR SIZES
Keyshia Cole biography
Wringing out pain and tears through searing, passionate vocals, KEYSHIA COLE has come a long way from the scrappy preteen who dreamed of a different life beyond the rough streets of Oakland, CA. In only three years, she’s become a four-time Grammy-nominated, multi-platinum-selling singer/songwriter and the star of a top-rated BET reality show.
Simultaneously, she’s also become a natural role model for a growing legion of fans who have anointed her the voice of a generation. Now, with the Dec. 16 release of her third album, the diminutive dynamo is ready to walk away from the pain and show the world A Different Me.
“There’s absolutely not as much pain on this album. I’m moving forward,” declares Cole. “It’s a different me this time. I’m a young woman who’s still growing and finding myself, exploring life through different routes musically. I wrote about other people’s situations as well as my own.”
A Different Me reunites the executive producing team of Cole, her manager Manny Halley and Geffen Records Chairman Ron Fair. Writing or co-writing all of the album’s songs, Cole collaborated with such award-winning producers as Fair, Polow Da Don, The Trackmasters, The Runners, Neffu and Kwame. The album’s guests include Tupac Shakur, Nas, Monica and Cole’s own artist, Amina Harris.
These creative components add up to an album that captures the fun and playful sides of KEYSHIA COLE, while remaining true to the singer’s emotional realness. Or as Geffen’s Fair describes Cole’s signature brand of heartfelt soul: “fearless R&B.”
Right from the start, listeners will hear they’re in store for something quite different from Cole. And her smoldering intro leaves no doubt: “I would like to introduce a sexier side of me.”
From there, she lets loose with a lay-your-troubles-down fervor on the pulsating “Make Me Over.” Prefacing the Polow Da Don-produced track is a spoken-word opening that symbolizes Cole’s new mantra: “It’s better to love than give in to hate.” That song, in turn, provides the perfect lead-in to the joyful love proclamation, “Please Don’t Stop.” Another noteworthy track is Cole’s duet with real-life girlfriend Monica on the mid-tempo girl-talk song “Trust.”
Already poised to become another Cole top 10 hit is the melodic lead single, “Playa Cardz Right” featuring Tupac Shakur. Originally appearing on the late rapper’s 2006 album, “Pac’s Life,” the song sports a new verse and arrangement. In just six weeks, it rocketed into the top 20 on Billboard’s Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.
Beyond the album’s up-tempo thrust, however, Cole still knows how to get under people’s skin. That is evidenced on the moving ballads “You Complete Me” and “Brand New.” Chosen as Cole’s second single, “You Complete Me” is signature Cole: frank, gut-tugging professions of love and support subtly underscored by a spare, hauntingly melodic track.
Throughout A Different Me, Cole exhibits a stronger command of her emotion-packed voice, one that places her in the footsteps of such iconic predecessors as Billie Holiday, Aretha Franklin, Whitney Houston and Mary J. Blige.
It was Cole’s angst- filled songs—a unique balance of vulnerability and fierce confidence—that initially brought her to the national arena in 2005. Her A&M/Interscope debut, The Way It Is, delivered no-holds-barred truths about life and love that resonated with an audience desiring more than just sugarcoated pop fantasies and hip-hopped bling. So much so that Cole hit a homerun her first time out: two #1 R&B singles, “I Should Have Cheated” and “Love,” plus more than 1.5 million albums sold.
Her second album, 2007’s Just Like You, also rang up million-plus sales. It was propelled by the Missy Elliott-produced lead single “Let It Go“--featuring Elliott and Lil’ Kim--which ascended to No. 1 on Billboard’s R&B/Hip-Hop chart. It was followed by two more No. 1s from that sophomore set, “I Remember” and “Heaven Sent.” Still on Billboard’s Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart after 36 weeks, “Heaven Sent” recently garnered Cole two Grammy nominations for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance and Best R&B Song.
Cole also had #1 hit songs collaborating with Diddy on “Last Night” and Sean Paul on “Give It Up To Me,” giving her the grand total of 7 #1 songs under her belt to date.
Now KEYSHIA COLE is back with a creative vengeance a year later with A Different Me.
Despite her seemingly overnight success, it’s been a hard-won journey for the 27-year-old artist. Born in Oakland, CA in 1981 to a drug-addicted mother and adopted at two, she began singing at 12. Her early credits include recording with MC Hammer, while being mentored by rap poet laureate Shakur. “I think more people recognized my talent before I did,” says Cole. “Hammer, Pac and other people from around my way would say, ‘That little girl can sing.’”
But it took Shakur’s untimely death and a cheating boyfriend for Cole to fully embrace her musical dream. Moving to Los Angeles, a broke Cole met her future manager. Hard work and many gigs later, she auditioned for Fair who signed her to A&M/Interscope in 2004. Cole displayed her scrappiness and determination early on at the label. Anxious to shoot a video to build more awareness for her music, she made a name tag identifying herself as the only artist on Interscope without a video and wore it at the label--even walking into Chairman Jimmy Iovine’s office.
“They laughed and said I was crazy,” says a smiling Cole as she recalls the incident. “But I was serious.”
KEYSHIA COLE’s visual profile reached unforeseen heights, however, when BET debuted a reality show inspired by her family life. Borrowing its title from her first album, “The Way It Is” averaged 1.8 million viewers during its second season and has become the most-watched program in BET’s history. Having kicked off its third season Nov. 11, the show finds Cole, biological mother Frankie, alcohol-battling sister Neffie and adoptive family the Coles continuing their struggle to mend family relationships and face what else life holds in store.
In the meantime, Cole is stretching her entrepreneurial wings. She and manager Halley are partners in the Imani Entertainment label, whose first artist is Cole’s childhood best friend Amina Harris. Slated to release her first album in 2009, Harris was first introduced on Cole’s second album.
Also in the works is a biopic based on Cole’s life. She, Halley, Ron Fair and Jimmy Iovine have hired a screenwriter to begin developing a script. Cole and Halley are eyeing other business ventures as well, including more commercials and endorsements beyond Cole’s current role as spokesperson for the Luster’s Pink hair care line.
The young girl with a dream who left home, followed her heart and worked hard despite personal and career setbacks, has never lost sight of who she is—a determined dreamer whose future visions include owning a pet store and a coffee shop. But she’s far from done when it comes to reinventing herself musically.
“I’m still the same as when I got here,” says Cole. “I love recording; I love expressing my thoughts. I have the time and energy, and still have more musical goals to accomplish. To quote Tupac, ‘I got my money right, I got my mind right and now I want war.’”
"A Different Me" by Keyshia Cole - release date: 12/16/08..