Khani Cole's assent into the national and international consciousness began after relocating to Phoenix, Arizona from her native Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 1992.
The move, which initiated many personal changes, sparked the inception of her very first release, Piece Of My Soul, on Fahrenheit Records. Piece Of My Soul was an album with great depth harmonically and lyrically and was quite a departure from the production and performance trends heard on NAC (Smooth Jazz) radio at that time. The release caught on nationwide; specifically in markets with a more liberal radio philosophy. Piece Of My Soul featured jazz greats, Brian Bromberg, Joey DeFrancesco and Marc Russo among others, as Khani and her band toured the summer of '97 and were met with an overwhelming positive response.
"...Khani Cole's soulful alto reveals uncommon emotion and strength...." -- JazzTimes Magazine
Khani's follow-up release, Places (Grammy winning producer, Michael Broening’s first outing) yielded a top 20 NAC Radio hit, a cover of the classic Blood Sweat & Tears' hit, "You've Made Me So Very Happy". Khani performed in 28 US cities including, some of the most prestigious festivals and events throughout the country. Khani also made her first trek into Europe playing Germany, as Places was met with fantastic reception on European radio and with Euro- audiences.
"...Khani Cole emerges as a remarkably adaptable, versatile interpreter, even when traveling to more popular Places."-- JazzTimes Magazine
Khani's most recent Expansion Records' (Sony/3MV - UK) release, Lifetime - produced by veteran New York based writer-producers, Chris Parks & Vivian Sessoms (Lalah Hathaway, Rob Thomas, Pink) quickly ascended the European radio charts and picked up where Places left off.
Khani states: “European audiences can be very discerning and tend to be drawn to harmonic and lyrical depth.”
In 2007, after an unprecedented 10.5 year run at the world renowned Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs, Khani realized another dream when she opened her own music venue in Scottsdale, Voce Lounge. Voce featured some of the finest regional, local and international talent.
Khani states: “We booked great artists and let them be "artists" without the restraints often associated with venues that book music as an after-thought.”
"Khani Cole is so consistently solid that it's a little too easy to take her for granted." -- Arizona Republic
Recent highlights for Khani have included, a performance with the legendary, George Benson at the Hollywood Bowl (2010 Playboy Jazz Festival) as well as, a three week Spring 2012 tour of Demark and Germany.
"Khani Cole, "the voice" of Phoenix!" -- George Benson
Khani keeps an active schedule, gigging at top resorts and clubs in the greater Phoenix area. She's a featured vocalist in the musical production, "Live From Laurel Canyon ~ Song & Stories Of American Folk Rock," has a greatest hits compilation slated for release (February 2015 ) as well as, a Fall 2016 Euro-tour in the works.