Keyshia Cole Net Worth (Updated 2024)

What is Keyshia Cole’s Net Worth?

Keyshia Cole, the American R&B singer, songwriter, and record producer, has a net worth of $8 million. She started her career as a backup singer for MC Hammer and then signed with A&M Records. In 2005, she released her debut album, “The Way It Is,” which became platinum and got Soul Train Music Awards nominations.

Following her successful first album, Cole appeared in the reality TV series “Keyshia Cole: The Way It Is,” which aired on BET for three seasons. In 2007, she released her second album, “Just Like You,” with three number-one R&B singles and four Grammy nominations. Her third album, “A Different Me” (2008), debuted at the top of the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart and went platinum.

In 2010, Cole released “Calling All Hearts,” followed by “Woman to Woman” in 2012. Both albums contributed to her successful career with hit singles like “Enough of No Love.” She also starred in the reality series “Keyshia & Daniel: Family First” in the same year.

Cole has received awards and recognition for her soulful voice, including an ASCAP Award and a Billboard Music Award. She continued to release albums, including “Point of No Return” (2014) under Interscope and “11:11 Reset” (2017) under Epic.

Critics have called her the “Princess of Hip-Hop Soul.” Besides her music career, from 2019 to 2020, she hosted the Fox Soul syndicated television talk show “One on One with Keyshia Cole.”

Here’s the breakdown of her net worth:


Keyshia Cole

Net Worth:

$8 Million

Date of Birth:

Oct 15, 1981


$1 Million Per Year

Source of Wealth:

Singer, Singer-songwriter, Actor, Artist, Record producer, Musician, Music artist

Keyshia Cole Net Worth

Learn more: the richest singers in the world

Early Life

Keyshia Cole was born in Oakland, California, on October 15, 1981. Her biological parents are Francine “Frankie” Lons and boxing trainer Virgil Hunter. Keyshia has African-American and Mexican heritage. Her mother struggled with addiction to alcohol and crack cocaine.

When Keyshia was two years old, she was adopted by Leon and Yvonne Cole, leading her to take their last name. She has four siblings: brothers Sean and Sam, a younger sister named Elite Noel, and an older sister named Neffeteria Pugh.

Keyshia’s introduction to the music industry happened at age 12 when she met and recorded with MC Hammer, an opportunity provided by her brother Sean, also known as Nutt-So.

She also formed a close friendship with Tupac Shakur, who promised to help her music career. Unfortunately, Tupac was shot in a drive-by shooting and died six days later.

As a teenager, Keyshia was involved with the East Oakland Youth Development Center (EOYDC). She went to Fremont High School in Oakland and graduated from Tracy High School in Tracy, California.

At 18, Keyshia moved to Los Angeles to pursue her music career. She worked with Bay Area artists like D’Wayne Wiggins of Tony Toni Tone and Messy Marv. In 2002, at the age of 21, Keyshia was noticed by A&M Records A&R Ron Fair, who signed her to the label after hearing an unfinished song of hers.


Keyshia Cole’s music career took off with her first single, “Never,” featured in the “Barbershop 2: Back in Business” soundtrack in 2004. She included it in her debut album, “The Way It Is,” released on June 21, 2005. The album reached #6 on the “Billboard” 200 chart and #2 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. Hit singles like “I Changed My Mind,” “(I Just Want It) To Be Over,” “I Should Have Cheated,” and “Love” achieved Platinum certification. In 2007, she released another Platinum single, “Let It Go,” featuring Lil’ Kim and Missy Elliott.

Her second album, “Just like You,” came out in September 2007 on Geffen Records, featuring chart-toppers like “Let It Go,” “I Remember,” and “Heaven Sent,” all reaching #1 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.

Keyshia’s third album, “A Different Me,” in 2008, featured a posthumous appearance by Tupac on the track “Playa Cardz Right” and a collaboration with Monica titled “Trust.” In 2009, she embarked on her inaugural headlining tour, the “A Different Me Tour,” and graced the covers of magazines like “Vibe,” “Sister 2 Sister,” “WordUp!,” and “King.”

In December 2010, Cole released “Calling All Hearts,” featuring the album’s first single, “I Ain’t Thru,” with Nicki Minaj.

Her fifth album, “Woman to Woman,” was released in November 2012, reaching #2 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. The album featured the single “Enough of No Love,” a collaboration with Lil Wayne.

In 2014, her album “Point of No Return” secured the top spot on the R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart.

In 2017, her seventh album, “11:11 Reset,” was released under Sony’s Epic Records.

Keyshia has also collaborated with other artists on tracks like “Impossible” with Kanye West (2006), “Last Night” with Diddy (2007), “Game’s Pain” with The Game (2008), and “Legendary” with DJ Khaled (2011).

In 2020, she was set to participate in a Verzuz battle with Ashanti, but it was postponed to January 21, 2021, due to Ashanti’s COVID-19 diagnosis. In February 2021, Cole released the single “I Don’t Wanna Be in Love,” which she debuted during her Verzuz battle.

Other Ventures

Reality Television

Keyshia Cole entered the world of reality TV in July 2006 with “Keyshia Cole: The Way It Is,” a six-episode docu-series on BET. The show drew a huge audience and offered a glimpse into Cole’s life as an artist, daughter, and sister. It showcased her performances, visits to her hometown, and the making of her next album.

In mid-July 2011, Cole revealed her involvement in a new reality show, “Keyshia & Daniel: Family First,” featuring her then-husband Daniel and James DeBose. This eight-episode docu-series, filmed in the summer of 2011, not only captured the creation of her follow-up album to “Calling All Hearts” but also included her re-wedding ceremony with Daniel. It premiered on BET on October 9, 2012, attracting 2.9 million viewers.

In November 2014, BET confirmed Cole’s return to reality TV with “Keyshia Cole: All In.” Originally planned for a fall 2014 release, the show eventually aired on February 24, 2015. In 2019, BET announced the fourth installment of Cole’s reality series, titled “Keyshia Cole: My New Life,” which premiered in November 2019.

Shoe Line with Steve Madden

In September 2013, Keyshia Cole announced a collaboration with fashion designer Steve Madden to launch her own shoe collection. This collection included a variety of high heels, wedges, and boots. Cole was very excited about this partnership, saying, “I am super excited to collaborate with Steve Madden. It’s something I’ve wanted to do for a long time. I love his style, and I think we came up with an amazing vibrant collection. We have something for every fashion diva!”

Personal Life

In May 2009, Keyshia Cole began dating former NBA player Daniel Gibson. Their relationship grew, and they got engaged on January 1, 2010. Their happiness multiplied when they welcomed their first child, a son, on March 2, 2010. The couple tied the knot on May 21, 2011, and later renewed their vows in Hawaii in September 2011. Keyshia was thankful for her dream wedding, which her husband made possible by flying in their family members, saying, “My husband wanted me to have my dream wedding, so he flew all of our family members here. He’s giving me something I will never forget! Amazing.” Their wedding was documented and aired on their BET reality TV series, “Keyshia and Daniel: Family First,” in October 2012.

However, their relationship took a turn, and on March 21, 2014, Keyshia revealed during an interview that she and Gibson had separated but had not yet filed for divorce. In May 2016, she had a significant personal moment when she met her biological father, Virgil Hunter, confirmed through a paternity test. In April 2017, Cole officially announced their divorce, which was finalized on September 3, 2020.

On May 3, 2019, Keyshia shared the exciting news of her second pregnancy, expecting a son with her then-boyfriend, Niko Khale. She welcomed her second son on August 1, 2019. However, in October 2020, her relationship with Khale came to an end.

Tragically, on July 18, 2021, Keyshia Cole’s mother, Frankie Lons, passed away due to a drug overdose.


Feud with Lil’ Mo

In August 2005, a feud began between Keyshia Cole and Lil’ Mo. It started during the “Star and Buc Wild Morning Show” on the radio. Lil’ Mo made comments criticizing the vocal skills of new R&B artists, suggesting they relied too much on dancing instead of singing. Keyshia Cole felt insulted by these remarks and confronted Lil’ Mo’s manager, Phil Thornton, and a stylist at the Dream Hotel in New York City. Cole reportedly said, “You all are traitors. [Lil’ Mo] is the enemy.” Lil’ Mo later played down the incident, suggesting that Cole might have been intoxicated at the time, a claim that Cole strongly denied.

Clash with Gucci Mane

In March 2012, Keyshia Cole was involved in a dispute with rapper Gucci Mane because of his song “Truth.” In this song, Gucci Mane suggested that Cole had relationships with both Young Jeezy and Diddy at the same time. Cole responded to these claims during a radio interview. She expressed her disappointment with what she called “Hood Rappers,” criticizing them for spreading false rumors just to boost their mixtape sales. She questioned their artistic talent and advised them against relying on lies in their music.

Twitter Feud with Beyoncé’s Fans

In March 2013, Keyshia Cole faced backlash from urban media outlets when she expressed her critical views of Beyoncé’s song “Bow Down/I Been On” on Twitter. This disagreement sparked a Twitter feud between Cole and Lil’ Mo in the days that followed. Despite the heated exchanges, Lil’ Mo clarified in May 2013 that there was no real beef between them. However, this led to another round of hostile messages exchanged via Instagram and Twitter.

If you have doubts about our figures, you can read how we calculate a celebrity's net worth here. To stay updated with the latest celebrity news and changes in their net worth, subscribe to our newsletter.

Leave a Comment

Got a Tip About a Celebrity's Net Worth?