Cole moved to Los Angeles at 18 to pursue a music career.

During this time, Cole collaborated with artists from her native Bay Area, among them D'Wayne Wiggings of Tony Toni Tone and Messy Marv.

Cole's debut single, "Never", featuring Eve, was released on March 23, 2004 to promote the soundtrack to the film Barbershop 2: Back in Business.

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The album debuted at number two on the US Billboard 200 chart, selling 281,000 copies in its first week.

After four months of release, the album was certified platinum by the RIAA, just like her debut, and has since sold 1.7 million copies in the US alone.

In 2002, she was introduced to A&M Records A&R Ron Fair.

After listening to an unfinished version of her single "Love", which would eventually become her first platinum single, he signed her and began mentoring her.

Her second reality show, Family First premiered on October 9, 2012.

Her third reality show Keyshia Cole: All In premiered on February 24, 2015.The album stayed on the charts for over a year, selling over 1.6 million copies.Cole released her second album Just like You (2007), and the album debuted and peaked at number two on the Billboard 200.She was adopted at age two by family friends Leon and Yvonne Cole, changing her last name to Cole.At age 12, Cole was introduced into the music industry, along with her brother Sean (also known as Nutt-So), where she met and recorded with MC Hammer.It was nominated for Best Contemporary R&B Album at the 50th Grammy Awards.