Keyshia Cole Talks New Album, Love, & K. Michelle on ‘The Breakfast Club’

Keyshia Cole

“I didn’t fall back, I went harder,” said Keyshia Cole about recording her new album Woman to Woman. After her last album Calling All Hearts underperformed, she went back to the drawing board, giving her fans more of what they want. With her husband Daniel “Boobie” Gibson by her side, the soulful songstress appeared on Power 105.1’s “The Breakfast Club,” where she discussed her new music, marriage, her mother Frankie and sister Neffe, K. Michelle, and Steve Madden shoe line, in stores in November.

On why her last album didn’t do as well: “[A&R executive] Ron Fair left Interscope. He was a part of every album, so it was really hard [with] him not being there. I was pregnant, I recorded happy music. It was a number of things.”

On whose relationship she admires: “I love to look at Jay-Z and Beyoncé. I think that he is a guy that’s hood, but got his business together. And I think he respects his woman regardless of what that is. He respects her doing her thing. If that’s her wearing sexy clothes, if that’s her singing whatever songs she wanna sing, heartbroken, happy, he supports his woman. I respect that 100%.”

On her new music: “I was a lot more happy and content with my happiness through my music, so now I am channeling the pain, the frustration, being upset about being cheated on. … This album is not about me. The album is about the fans that really want to hear things that help them and give them inspiration to get over dudes that do them wrong.”

On accolades: “I don’t think I’ve ever gotten an award in my 10 years of being an artist and I still made millions and millions of dollars. It’s just an awkward position to be in being that the awards didn’t bring money. I’m in my place and I’m happy in my place.”

On her Steve Madden shoe deal: “The reason why I wanted to do a deal with Steve Madden is because when I didn’t have any money, before I got my deal, I used to buy Steve Madden shoes. My demographic, of course they’re not put on like I am, so they can afford them. I just want to make sure that I can do really cute shoes that my demographic can afford.”

On fellow singer K. Michelle: “When I came in the business, you have that somebody that you like, ‘Yo, she set limits for me and know that I could reach that plateau,’ and I feel like I am that for K. Michelle, like Mary was that for me. If it’s not K. Michelle, if the fans aren’t receptive to K. Michelle, whoever comes after K it’s gon’ be all G. I’ve already done a lot of things that people are trying to do and I’m gonna give you the best advice I can hand to you.”

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  1. yeetv

    love Keysh.. bay area stand up


  2. [email protected]

    Wait so watt was she sayin about k Michelle ??? Was she throwing shade ???


    J.Renee Reply:

    @[email protected], No, Keyshia Cole is NOT throwing shade at K.Michelle, people always wanna start drama. Keyshia Cole has NEVER been the one to hold her tongue so if she wanted to throw shade at KMichelle, it would be clear as a mf. Keyshia Cole is simply saying she open the door for KMichelle just like MaryJ.Blige opened the for her (Keyshia Cole).


  3. Dro

    Keyshia’s second album was her bests music wise. Emotion wise her first was dope. The third was too polished but it was still good. She needs to innovate and not just do R&B. She should shoot for innovation and taking R&B further.

    Not gon lie. Them live vocals be kinda rough tho. I remember when I went to Wayne’s I Am Music tour. Kinda rough when she moved around & especially when she tried to sing and dance during make me over. Rough times.

    Pulling for her tho!


    D.A. Reply:

    @Dro, I agree with your assessment of her first 3 albums, and after giving her explanation for why the 4th flopped adds more validity to why things didn’t go so well for that one. I think she is going to go back to her roots on this new joint and she is going to go hard too. I’m kinda anxious to hear it.


  4. D.A.

    This is the second time I’m hearing K. Michelle think someone is throwing shade at her. This musy be the era of catching shade because a lot of people are doing it (but that’s not to say it’s something new). Seeing how Keysh responded to it makes me believe that Tamar really wasn’t going at K. Michelle with that one tweet about the ‘fairytale’ because the only reason K. went at her is because she thought the tweet really was about her. Keyshia isn’t the type to hold her tongue.

    It looks like K. is about to be the Lil Kim of R&B in a minute.


    southernboss Reply:

    @D.A., I think you’re right because everyone just loves to throw shade at K.Michelle. I’m a huge fan of her’s from back in the day but this is crazy. Keyshia really didn’t say anything nice about K.Michelle but K.Michelle is on twitter saying they are cool so I’m confused


    credits Reply:


    Charlamagne doing what he does best. Starting a mess. K. Michelle was on the show not too long ago saying her and keyshia spoke and she would to collaborate with her etc…


    credits Reply:


    *like to*


  5. TheDreamer

    She should mix happy and more emotional records for this album, to please her fans and make music that she wants to at the same time. I like this interview.


  6. Angelica

    Aww loved how she spoked about B and Jay they are my favorite couple I love me some beyonce and jayz keyshia has my support welcome to the beyhive fam


  7. Laura

    K. Michelle has a beautiful voice point blank period I wonder y her music videos don’t be on 106& park


  8. whattt

    I would like to think that Keisha Cole did not throw shade on K. Michelle. It just sounded to me like Keisha was saying K. Michelle would be the new face of R&B music and because they appeal to similar audiences, Keisha feels her music opened the door for K. Michelle the same way Mary J Blige’s music opened the door for Keisha Cole….but I could be wrong….



    Her last album was quite good actually, I guess I was one of the few people to buy it. It had a mixture of sadness and happiness. It to me was just not promoted with the right singles. @Biggibenzo


  10. rae

    whoever does her hair and makeup needs to hit me up cause she be on point! loving her new look… #props


  11. 4/4/2012 Part Bulioeez

    Nice interview keyshia “key”


  12. pamelakaythoma1

    Hey Keyshi keep doing your thang.We love you and your music.


  13. im so bossybadazz

    im tryna buy keashia cole shoes not with the drama let them do they music evryBDY STOP HATIN


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