The CoKo Cure
Interview with COKO
By Sheila J. Kennedy

Tell us about what you're doing right now in your career?

Right now I'm finishing up my second solo record. It includes tracks produced by Tim and Bob, Shep Crawford, Missy Elliot, Gene and Bishop, and a duet with Dave Hollister.

Did you write any of the songs on the album? Do you have a title for the album yet? When do you expect it to be released?

The album is not yet titled, but is to be released in March. I co-wrote four songs on this album.

I understand that you were born and raised in the Bronx, NY, and that you grew up singing in the church. Who influenced you?

I was influenced by Natalie Cole, Tramaine Hawkins, The Clarke sisters and many more.

How has success changed your life?

I have a lot more money, no privacy and there are a lot of rumors that get on my nerve sometime. But there are a lot of people and places that I've been to that I love. If I weren't successful, I probably wouldn't have been able to do all of this.

How has your son, Jazz changed the way you look at life?

I have a much more positive outlook. Everything I do, I think about my Jazz. I have someone that depends on me so I have to make sure my decisions are right.

Where do you see yourself ten years from now?

I plan to be singing gospel on my own gospel label and maybe married with another kid.

What hair styling products do you like to use?

I use Aveda Pomade.

What is your worst hair experience?

A beautician dyed my hair for a video and it all fell out. So I had it cut off all my hair and start from scratch. So I had to wear a weave for a minute.

How do you describe your fashion style?

Sexy but classy. I'll show a little skin but not too much. I can't overdo it.

Where do you shop for clothes?

All over. I don't limit myself. But I love Saks and Neiman Marcus.

Do you have any favorite designers?

Gucci and Fendi and Teri Jon and so many more!
Do you have any beauty tips you want to share with us?

I'm pretty basic, I wash my face with cleansing foam by Shiseido. I then use a moisturizer by Carol's daughter.

What is the difference in the way you make-up at home with Jazz, and when you're on stage?

I don't wear make up at home with Jazz only when I'm going out. But if it's not for stage it's very light but pretty. For stage it's heavy.

Do you use the same products, or have you found that certain products add more glamour than others?

I use the same products Iman face powder and Mac Lipsticks.

We're now in the holiday season, what makes it special for you? Will there be any New Years resolutions?

Just spending time with my family is special enough. I have no New Year's Resolutions this time.

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