R&B star Keyshia Cole is returning on two fronts – her new CD “A Different Me,” is due Dec. 16 via Imani/Geffen/Interscope, and her BET reality show, “Keyshia Cole: The Way It Is” begins its third season tonight at 10.
The singer tells Billboard that her new album marks a fork in the road.
“The first two albums were more … painful,” she says. “It’s a different me this time: a young woman who’s still growing and finding myself, exploring life through different routes musically and in other areas. I wrote more about other people’s situations than my own. I’m moving forward.”
“A Different Me” features Cole collaborating with Polow Da Don, the Runners, Neffu, Kwame, Orthodox & Ransom and the Trackmasters.
Tracks include the lead single “Playa Cardz Right,” featuring a posthumous Tupac Shakur; “Trust,” featuring real-life friend Monica, and the Polow Da Don-produced “Make Me Over.” Cole further hones her ballad skills on the track “You Complete Me” and flashes a sultry side on a cover of R. Kelly’s 1992 No. 1 R&B hit, “Honey Love.”
As part of a 360 deal she recently inked with Interscope, Cole is developing a movie based on her life. A screenwriter has been hired to go on the road with the artist in 2009 to begin developing the script.
Meanwhile, the new season of BET’s “Keyshia Cole: The Way It Is” finds the family making progress and discovering their own personal paths. Frankie, Neffie and Keyshia attempt to truly step above their past hurts. During the process, Keyshia finds herself on the road to becoming the woman she is destined to be, leading her family and her business toward success. This new direction also opens Keyshia’s heart and she is finally ready to allow herself to find love once again.