Keyshia Cole Through The Years

In 2004, when Keyshia Cole declared that she'd changed her mind, us girls had nothing to do but grab our radios and hold on. The feisty Oakland, Calif., native wowed us with sassy songs like "Let It Go," wailing romantic ballads like "Love," and wedding anthems like "Heaven Sent." Get ready for Keyshia's ESSENCE Festival performance by looking back at the petite songstress' style.

Essence May, 30, 2012

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Bursting onto the music scene with her Kanye West-produced “I Changed My Mind” in 2004, Keyshia Cole flew into our hearts with her orange hair and feisty spirit.

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Wearing red ringlets, Keyshia Cole took her gritty brand of R&B to MTV’s “TRL” countdown show in 2006 in New York City.

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In 2007, Keyshia Cole released her sophomore album “Just Like You,” and introduced us to her flattering bob haircut.

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In addition to singing, Keyshia Cole’s life was captured on the BET reality show, “The Way It Is.”
The series ran from 2006-2008 and the cast included her mother Frankie, sister Neffie and then-manager Manny Halley.

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In 2008, Diddy’s Prince-esque “Last Night” featuring throaty vocals from Keyshia was at the top of the charts. Here the petite songstress attended the Bad Boy head’s birthday party while channelling a 1920’s look.

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In early 2008, Keyshia Cole visited New York City with a golden short cut to promote her third album “A Different Me.”

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In 2008 and 2009 Keyshia received Grammy Awards nominations. Here she is in 2009, when she earned nods for Best R&B Song and Best Female R&B Vocal Performance.

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After an on-and-off relationship with Atlanta rapper Young Jeezy, Keyshia began dating basketball player Daniel “Boobie” Gibson. Here are the two at Mr. Chow’s Restaurant in 2009.

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In 2011, Keyshia Cole performed in a form-fitting gown with a single flower in her hair, during the 4th annual BET Honors in Washington, D.C.

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Following the release of her fourth album “Calling All Hearts,” Keyshia shows us that love is all about family as she poses with her husband Daniel “Boobie” Gibson and their son DJ in 2011. The group have a BET reality show called “Family First,”, which also shows Keyshia recording her fifth album.