Jermaine Cole (J. Cole)

Jermaine Cole (J. Cole) biography
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Interesting Biography Facts

Real name

Jermaine Lamarr Cole


rapper, singer, songwriter

Birth Date

January 28, 1985


38 years

Zodiac Sign



Frankfurt, West Germany


Terry Sanford High School; St. John’s University



Jermaine Cole (J. Cole) family members

Mother's Name

Kay Francis Cole

Siblings names

Zachary James Cole (older brother)

Is Jermaine Cole (J. Cole) a gay/bisexual?


What is Jermaine Cole (J. Cole) marital status?


Who is Jermaine Cole (J. Cole) wife?

Melissa Heholt-Cole

When did get married?


How many children does he have?

1 son

Each talented person discovered and developed his skills with the help of their family members. J. Cole is not exclusion. Let’s look at his relatives, who were near him while he was struggling for his stardom.

Jermaine Cole (J. Cole) wife

Melissa Heholt-Cole (wife since 2015)

Jermaine-Cole-(J.-Cole) wife Melissa Heholt

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Date of birth: December 17, 1985

Jermaine Cole (J. Cole) kids


The rapper tries to keep his personal life out of the limelight. In spite of his star status, Jermaine managed to hide from his fans the fact that he tied a knot with his long-term sweetheart Melissa. The same happened when he fathered his first kid. During about a year he kept in secret that he welcomed a son. The boy’s name is not publicized. As for now, he is about a year or two.

Who are Jermaine Cole (J. Cole) parents?


Jermaine’s father was a US black soldier, who had just been sent to the American military base in Frankfurt, Germany, when he welcomed his first son, Jermaine. Then he was married Kay Francis, the rapper’s mother, who also served in the army. After several years of married life, Mr. Cole left the family, and Kay raised her sons (the hip-hop artist has an older brother) as a single parent during some period.

Jermaine is not so close to his father, that’s why not much info about him is available. J. Cole was brought up by a stepfather.

Kay Francis Cole (mother)

Jermaine Cole mother

Date of birth: May 1, 1961

Jermaine’s mother is one of his closest friends. She was the first one to appreciate her son’s musical talent. Cole wrote his first songs and started to perform them at the age of 12. To support the teen’s interest in hip hop, Kay gave him a music sampler for Christmas.

She spent her early years in Olivet, Michigan. There she attended the local high school. The woman got married at an early age and moved to Germany with her then-husband. Kay gave a birth to two boys. After the divorce with Mr. Cole, she moved to Fayetteville, an army recruitment town in North Carolina. There she raised her sons by herself.

Nowadays she enjoys the positive results of her work as a parent. She lives in Anderson, South Carolina and serves as a manager at Dales Florist Inc. She is married to Mr. Williams.

Jermaine Cole (J. Cole) siblings

Zachary James Cole (older brother)

Date of birth: April 9, 1981

He is Jermaine’s full sibling. In his teens, Zach studied at E. E. Smith High School, which is located in Fayetteville, North Carolina.

In his young years, Zach had some law issues and was arrested. His brother J. Cole mentioned this fact several times in his songs. The man still resides in North Carolina.


Jermaine Cole (J. Cole) bio

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The legend says that many years ago then-unknown rapper J. Cole was waiting under a heavy rain for a music mogul Jay-Z in order to give him the just-recorded demo. Then Jay-Z didn’t take Cole’s CD and pushed the young ambitious musician away. But a year later Beyoncé’s husband phoned J. Cole himself. He was impressed by the obvious talent of “the kid”, whom he rejected previously. Thus, J. Cole became the first artist, signed by Jay-Z’s recording label “Roc Nation”.

Now need to prove that nowadays Jermaine is a phenomenon in the hip-hop industry. He is responsible for 5 hit studio albums. His debut set of songs “Cole World” received a platinum status in the USA. Jermaine’s subsequent three albums reached the same level, too.

The secret of musician’s success is in big love to what he is doing. He began to rap in his teens and launched his career as a part of the duo “Bomm Sheltuh”, which was based in Cole’s hometown Fayetteville. With the support of Jay-Z, the rapper presented his first album, which brought him international popularity and love.

Interesting and fun facts

  1. Previously the rapper J. Cole had an altercation with an aspiring hip-hop artist Lil Pump. Then Jermaine phoned to his young colleague and invited for a long interview, where they finally reconciled and shared their experience.
  2. Obviously, Jermaine is an incredibly talented musician. In 2009 he was the violinist at a high school orchestra, named after North Carolina notable politician Terry Sanford.
  3. In 1996 J. Cole passed through a hard soul experience. He was frustrated after the murder of his idol – rapper Tupac. Then-teenager, Cole passed through “a real shit”, as he said. After that, he decided to put his pain into music. Aside for Tupac, he was also a big fan of Eminem.
  4. In his young years, the hip-hop artist was a big sports lover. He played basketball during his years at the school. After school, he entered St. John’s University, from where he graduated with honors.
  5. The rappers Young Thug and Jaden Smith (Willow Smith brother) were openers at some of his shows.
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