Keyshia Cole might not be one of those R&B artists who shot up to fame very quickly, but she is definitely one who’s managed to have some longevity in a this volatile business. So what keeps people coming back to see her? Her resilience, passion and her ability to wear her heart on her sleeve.
Cole grew up listening to her mentor Tupac Shakur. Cole cites Mary J. Blige as one of her greatest musical inspirations, along with R&B singers Brandy and Monica. In an interview, Cole spoke about artists from the 1980s that influenced her.
"Anita Baker, her voice is incredible and her lyrics are deep. And they were a great influence for her to go forward When you arrive to the show at the Jackie Gleason Theater, you’ll be blow away!! Keyshia Cole looks and sounds amazing. The soulful R&B singer with personal, with lyrics that are easy to relate to delivered like no other! This is going to be definitely one of the best R&B concerts you’ll ever been to in such a long time.
If there’s something that makes Keyshia Cole a great performer is the fact that she personifies whatever she’s singing. While other singers do that when they start moving down toward the ground or shutting their eyes while belting out that high note, Keyshia is a bit more dynamic.
When she’s singing an upbeat banger like ‘Rick James, she’s put her bitch mode into overdrive to show her diva side. Then if it’s a song like ‘Trust & Believe,’ she makes us feel like she’s just been heartbroken and makes you want to weep along with her achingly beautiful lyrics.
So if you’re in the mood to feel the music, not just hear it, Keyshia Cole might be the R&B artist for you.