Grammy- nominated R&B sensation, Keyshia Cole will be performing live at the Miss Jamaica Universe Coronation show, come April 12, at the National Indoor Sports Arena. Just this week, pageant producers confirmed that the starlet would indeed be in the island to perform some of her chart-topping hits.
A striking mix of sugar, spice, sexiness and sass, Keyshia Cole burst on the music scene with a powerhouse album The Way It Is, in 2005. From this album, Cole belted hits such as I Just Want It To Be Over, I Changed My Mind, I Should Have Cheated and her greatest solo hit Love. To further promote the album, Cole was a star of her own show in her own six-episode reality show, Keyshia Cole: The Way It Is.
In 2007, her compilation entitled Just Like You, debuted at #2 on the Billboard chart, selling about 281,000 copies in its first week. It has been certified platinum in the US and has sold over two million copies worldwide. The first single, Let It Go, featuring Lil’ Kim and Missy Elliott, became her first #1 on Billboard’s R&B chart, and her biggest hit on the Hot 100, peaking at #7. Keyshia’s current release, I Remember, is her second #1 on the Billoard R&B charts.
Her performance at the pageant is to be highly anticipated and the R&B star is sure to deliver.
Attractive and articulate, the selected 25 MJU beauties are equally poised to win. However, only one lucky girl will get the chance to represent Jamaica at the world’s most celebrated beauty spectacle – Miss Universe. Set to be staged in Nha Trang, Khanh Hoa, Vietnam, high hopes are in order that our beauty will bring the title home.
Competing for the Miss Jamaica Universe 2008 title are: Xinyu Addae Lee, 19 year old medical student at UWI; Lauri- Ann Ainsworth, 25 year old MBA student at the University of Leicester; Jesmaine Brown, 25-year-old published poet; Adrianna Bryan, 18-year-old entertainment coordinator; Kadia Campbell, 26-year-old model; Salome Campbell, 21-year-old entertainment coordinator; Sherene Duncan, 21-year-old student at UWI; Jhnnell Eastman, 21-year-old marketing student at UTECH; Cherrion Ebanks, 21-year-old nursing student at UWI; Nickela Garwood, 23-year-old administrative assistant; Crystal Gordon, 20-year-old tourism student; Kimberley Gunnings, 18-year-old student at UWI; Francine Hall, 24-year-old purchasing officer; Nicole Hopkins, 18-year-old education & business student at UTECH; April Jackson, 19-year-old student; Borzana Jones, 25-year-old geography teacher; Noelle Kerr, 26-year-old actress and presenter; Stasha Gaye Leon, 26 year old management studies student; Antoinette Ming, 20-year-old business development executive; Keren O’Neil, 20-year-old student at UWI; Doneika Plowright, 21-year-old insurance clerk; Latoya Samuels, 21-year-old dental clerk; Rebecca Silvera, 21-year-old make-up artist; Roshane Suarez, 18-year-old student at Moneague Community College and Jeseka Williams, 21-year-old student at UTECH.
Miss Jamaica Universe 2008 will drive away in style, courtesy of Stewart Motors, in a brand new, fully loaded 2 litre BMW 120i hatchback, receive one million ($1,000,000.00) dollars in cash, courtesy of title sponsor World Wise Partners, plus gifts and other prizes totaling approximately ten million dollars in value. Miss Jamaica Universe is produced by Pulse, with title sponsorship from World Wise Partners Ltd, in association with Stewart Motors, the BMW dealers in Jamaica, CVM TV, The Hilton Hotel, Gymkhana, FAME FM, Zip 103 FM and Irie FM.