Soulful diva and ‘Smooth Touch’ cover girl, Keyshia Cole, is the latest celebrity to be interviewed by Cathy Hughes’ in an all-new TV One on One interview set to air Sunday, Sept. 21st at 10pm. The 26-year-old singer, songwriter and record producer talks with Ms. Hughes about her childhood, her future aspirations, her faith and what inspires her music in the revealing interview, which repeats at 1 AM (all times ET). Raised in Oakland and adopted by her foster mother because of her mother’s drug addiction, Keyshia met prominent rappers like M.C. Hammer, Snoop Dogg and Tupac at a young age and credits the late rap star as one of her early influencers, saying that Tupac told her at 13 that she was “going to be huge.” She also credits Mary J. Blige as one of her greatest inspirations and says,…”if I could walk in her footsteps just a quarter of the mile that she has already walked, it would be a blessing fulfilled.”
Ms. Cole talks to Ms. Hughes about her upcoming CD, saying it’s going to be very different,than her previous two albums “’cause I’m not talkin’about being so…hearbroken.” She tells Hughes…”it’s time to lighten up and have a good time for this album.” Ms. Hughes and Ms. Cole talk about her huge BET hit reality series, The Way It Is, the way her whole family is involved, how unusual it is to show African American families in therapy, and how important getting her family back in order is to Ms. Cole. She tells Ms. Hughes that she would like for the upcoming season to be the last one. When asked why, Ms. Cole says “Well, I’ve shown the beginning. I’ve shown the way that we’re tryin’ to change, and now this is what we’ve become.”
When asked if there’s a side of Keyshia Cole that we have yet to see, the singer tells Ms. Hughes that in the next five years she definitely wants to become a mother and a wife. She also talks about her love of animals and her lifelong dream of becoming a veterinarian, one she still hopes to fulfill later in life, and perhaps open a veterinary hospital. Ms. Cole talks about her relationship with God, saying, “…He’s a part of my life, and He’s the only thing that has kept me strong. And when there’s nothing else, when there’s no one else, when — you know, when everything’s gone, and has been gone, I’ve called on him, and I always will.”
She is joined at the end of the interview by Ron Fair, the chairman of Geffen Records, who has been instrumental in Ms. Cole’s successful recording career. “What makes Keyshia great is the same kind of thing that great stars like Sylvester Stallone and Madonna have,” Fair says. “…she knows who she’s supposed to be to her audience. No one knows her more than her.” “I think, in the future, I don’t want to speak for Keyshia, but, we talk about movies, fashion, continuing the musical pursuits, her wanting to bring other artists along and develop other talent.
And below you can check out Keyshia’s latest photo shoot for the Smooth Touch campaign.
Photo Credit: Only Keyshia