Stunner Music: Keyshia Cole


by Claude Julian | ARCHIVES

Stunner Baby Magazine is overjoyed to shine the music spotlight on R&B singer-songwriter sensation Keyshia Cole.  “Woman to Woman” is the fifth studio album released on November 19, 2012. Cole’s first single “Enough of No Love” is a powerful song highlighting the ultimate disappointment of a young woman’s pain of a cheating, disloyal and empty love relationship.  Her vocals is full of pain, power, bold lyrics and controlled confidence as you can tell that Cole is taking her career to next level sound and achievement.  This album truly shows the maturity of this R& B diva’s direction and finally jumping out of the illuminating shadows of  Mary J. Blige.

Cole grew up listening to mentor Tupac Shakur along with R&B singers Faith Evans, Brandy, Monica. She cites Mary J. Blige and Brandy as her biggest inspirations. In an interview, Cole spoke about artists from the 1980s that influenced her. “Anita Baker, her voice is incredible and her lyrics are deep. Really listen to them.” Cole proclaims.

Cole worked with several record producers, including Harmony “H-Money” Samuels, Vidal, T-Minus, Eric Hudson, Daryl “DJ” Camper, Jr., Mel & Mus, Frederick “Toxic” Taylor, Powell, English III, Jerry “Wonda” Duplessis, Arden “Keys” Altino (co.), Akene “The Champ” Dunkley (co.), Olivier “Akos” Castelli (co.). The album also featured several guest vocalists, including Lil Wayne, Meek Mill, Ashanti, Elijah Blake and Robin Thicke.

“Woman to Woman” received generally positive reviews from music critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album received an average score of 79, which indicates “generally favorable reviews”, based on four reviews. Gerrick Kennedy of The Los Angeles Times says “Her raspy soprano and the pain and anguish communicated in her words garnered comparisons to Mary J. Blige when Cole arrived in 2005.” Ben Ratliff of The New York Timesstates, “Woman to Woman, Ms. Cole’s fifth album, is an R&B almanac of shaky romance, nearly every song a first-person narrative with gnarled details, endlessly recombining data about suspicion, jealousy, pride, punishment, self-respect, the led-up, the aftermath.”

On October 13, 2012, Cole performed “Trust and Believe” at the Black Girls Rock! Awards. The show aired on BET on November 4, 2012. On November 17, 2012 Cole performed in Chicago at WGCI’s Big Jam 2012 along side Usher, Rick Ross, Kelly Rowland, Fat Joe, and Future. Cole performed “Enough of No Love” and “Trust and Believe.” On November 20, 2012 Cole and Ashanti performed “Woman to Woman” at Best Buy Theater in New York City. Cole performed “Enough of No Love” and “Trust and Believe” at the 2012 Soul Train Awards, which premiered on November 26, 2012.

“In an interview with the Los Angeles Times, Cole revealed that she is planning a tour called the Woman to Woman Tour for 2013. “I want powerful singers, Brandy, possibly, Melanie Fiona, possibly. Just singers that can really blow but also have some things and records out right now. We’re working that out right now, so that could be a February-March.”


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