Keyshia Cole Performs On Leno

Published: Tuesday 30th Nov 2010 by Sam

R&B star Keyshia Cole has hit the promotional trail for new single ‘Long Way Down’, moments ago performing the song on the Tonight With Jay Leno Show.

With an album a mere weeks away from release (and a lukewarmly received lead single in ‘I Ain’t Thru’ to boot), the new mother needs to ensure she nails every promotional spot she hits. Check out how she fared after the jump…

Following a somewhat shaky start, Cole found her wings to soar vocally during the performance.

That said, the roughness that used to be part of her appeal, now has her trailing behind her peers when it comes to working the stage and image. Put simply, the 29 year old looked like she walked on stage enroute from the mall or bus-stop. Not much in the way of finesse or polish. By no means the biggest of issues for the talented star; yet (unfortunately) being in such an image driven industry paired with the fact that this is her 4th studio album, one can’t be blamed for anticipating a better overall output from Cole.

Cole’s ‘Calling All Hearts’ album hits stores on December 21st.

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  1. wateva November 30, 2010

    *burp*

    *fart*

    *turns the page*

  2. MikeScorpio November 30, 2010

    It was ironic that the Tonight Show Band playing behind her is the American Idol band as well! I’m sure the judges would have mentioned her rough, pitchy start…lol. However, she’s grown on me & I hope this new album will be as good as “A Different Me”.

  3. Laqueeshahdla November 30, 2010

    This song is awesome!

    Congrats Keyshia, u saved your 4th project with this one!

  4. truthfully November 30, 2010

    she killed the ending, i luv her voice but yeah the beginning was boring.

  5. CHAMP November 30, 2010

    Great Job Keyshia super excited for your album!

  6. 123456 November 30, 2010

    She gets called talented but rihanna is not talented…

    lol

    rihanna in everything >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> keyshia

  7. royalkev November 30, 2010

    I’m not a Keyshia fan, but there’s something about her that makes me want to see her do well. I do like this song though and i’m glad she seems to have a hit on her hands. She did a great job doing this one live, despite the shaky start. 🙂

  8. Be BETTER not “Bitter!” November 30, 2010

    This Winter is Officially FLOP Season and I’m glad to see that All of these Un-Talented Female R&B singers are starting to FLOP i.e Keyshia Cole, Ciara, and Keri Hilson just like Ashanti faded away. I see these ladies Hopefully Fading away as well. Hope Ms. Cole has been saving her Reality TV and Album $$$. LOL

  9. BENJAMIN November 30, 2010

    She has a tendency to be off pitch in the first half of the song, doesn’t mean she can’t sing, she just needs to stay in melody sometimes. She sounded great at the Soul Train Awards though. Still luv the song though, and I REALLY like her new look.

  10. antertain November 30, 2010

    Wow this is the best she’s sounded in a loooooooong time.

    She killed from the middle of the song.
    This made me pay attention to the song so very good Keyshia.

    Hope she keeps this up.

  11. spunkypoop November 30, 2010

    YEAASSS!!!! K.C. You my girl. keep speaking to me through your music girl! Love ya.

  12. JAYLA November 30, 2010

    @Be BETTER not “Bitter!”

    SHUT UP GAY BOY

  13. Drew November 30, 2010

    One thing about Keyshia Cole is that every album her voice is gettiong more controled and its getting better she sounds great

  14. little kimberly DAMNIT November 30, 2010

    I donno what u all are talkin about. She sounds amazing compared to her singing on her 1st 2 albums when she was always straining. She definitely won me over with this performance can’t wait for the album.

  15. MrIncredible November 30, 2010

    WTF was that… she can’t sing for ish.

  16. cvt December 1, 2010

    LOVE ME SOME KEYSHIA

  17. Malik December 1, 2010

    Keep up the good work Mrs.Keyshia Cole-Gibson 🙂

  18. Kahari December 1, 2010

    I agree with @RoyalKev, I do want Keyshia to succeed as a person and an artist, but with a performance like this, there really isn’t much of a progression as an entertainer. She lacks stage presence, though she doesn’t have that bubbly personality that she can feed to the masses, she does have that urban appeal with can relate to her target audience (I can’t see too many White people rocking with KC as I do minorities). Keyshia does have a voice, but there still is a lot of pain in tender places; she tries to do too much with it, whereas blaring out notes on the majority of songs (maybe it’s a subliminal form to relief her of her troubles…). And it’s also very, very, very rare to hear the singer use falsetto, a way to soothe out her grit, rather than resorting to dropping the vibrato and howling, almost close to a break. I hope she can get it together…

  19. KeyshiaFan December 1, 2010

    @KAHARI, I’m not sure where you get your race based information on artist preference, but I am white and I have loved Keyshia from the start. So much so, that I bought two copies of her first album the day it dropped. It might be because I live in a State (MN) that is predominantly Caucasian, but I certainly don’t see a color line on Keyshia’s music. Sometimes the venue she performs at in MN affects the crowd mixture, but that happens with any artist.
    On last point, when is the last time you heard Rihanna or Mary J Blige use a falsetto? Not often, because that doesn’t sell to the mainstream. The only true falsetto I can remember breaking through to mainstream in recent years is Robin Thicke (no, sorry The Dream Falsetto doesn’t count). However, I understand where you are coming from; many of us miss the R&B falsetto’s of the 90’s with the likes of Maxwell , Jesse Powell, or even 112.

  20. ilikemango December 1, 2010

    SHE DELIVERED IT FOR ME. I LOVE AND WILL BE BUYING THIS CD

  21. james December 1, 2010

    why don’t they record her in a key she can actually rap her voice around. This sounds just a little too low for her

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