Despite all the apparent drama that surrounds her life, Oakland’s Keyshia Cole has shown herself to be an incredibly shrewd businesswoman and, most importantly, a remarkably consistent artist. Over the course of the last decade, Cole has put out five albums (most notably 2005’s The Way It Is and 2007’s Just Like You,) that range from good-to-great and two reality TV series that all serve to highlight her plucky, resilient nature in the face of a troubled past and an uncertain future. In the process, KC has exposed her fans to the sometimes transcendent highs and immanent lows of the Urban Woman’s American Dream with remarkable transparency, pathos, and the kind of charm that only comes from true talent.
Tue., July 29, 7 p.m., 2014
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on July 23, 2014