Vocalist / Lyricist / Writer / Performer
With his amazing creative talent, one-of-a-kind signature sound and unbelievable vocal range (4 octaves), Eugene Cole has the ability to capture an audience and make even the largest venue feel like an intimate gathering. As vocalist, songwriter, lyricist, and self-taught musician, Eugene, also known as "Gene-o" in some circles, shares his gift of song that is so transformative, it will make you believe not only in the power of love, but in the possibility of magic. His incomprehensible style will stay with you long after the show is over. Since his early childhood, Eugene has performed, honed, and infused the passion of gospel into every aspect of his musical performances. This gospel background provides a passion to his music that is evident in everything he does. As Eugene grew, he listened to and admired the talents of Luther Vandross, Jeffrey Osborne, Phil Perry, Celine Dion and Patti Labelle. Their influences and his own unique gift have combined to create a style that is undeniably smooth, sexy, and seductive. Eugene has been fortunate to share his gifts through stage performances with a variety of artists including, but not limited to, The Jets, Lenny Williams (former lead singer for Tower of Power) and the legendary Patti Labelle.
After spending years performing around the world (China, Japan and the EU) and throughout the United States, Eugene found himself in Los Angeles where he shot his first television pilot. The show was scheduled for broadcast in Japan, but without explanation the project was never released. Being in Southern California rekindled Eugene's passion for music and he quickly found himself writing, recording and performing throughout the SoCal area. Soon, he was performing at local and national venues ranging from The Triad, The Westgate Lounge, Humphrey’s By the Bay, Spaghettini's Jazz Club and various regional jazz festivals, as well as private and corporate events.
In recent history, Eugene has shared the stage with such artists as The Bus Boys, Ricky Lawson, Eric Darius, Dru Hill, Howard Hewitt, Joe and the amazing Phil Perry. Collaborating on new music with Felton Pilate, Tank, Monty Seward, Cal Harris Jr., Darryl Williams and many other renowned musicians, he has not only been working on his own projects but has been writing for many others including music for the 2016 documentary Lady Diana from United Foreign Media, Inc. What About Forever, released under his artist name "Gene-o", was his first solo project, and was mastered in 2007 however because the record label he was under folded it was never released. In 2013, it was remastered and released to much industry buzz. The amazing sound landed Eugene the honor of Best New Artist for the Month of September 2014 on Talking Smooth Jazz Radio. Signed by the Spectra Music Group in 2015, Eugene's project, Born to Love, was released in October of 2015 along with a Christmas CD, Christmas with Gene-o. Currently Eugene has been working on several new projects including a new book, Five Steps Black, which was released under the author name Gene-o this summer of 2022.