2013 HFA Recipient Interviewer – 23rd Annual LA Music Awards
Only son and first born of 3 children to Dr. Gibril (PhD) & Kadi Cole, H.R. along with his two younger sisters, are first generation US born kids to their grade school sweetheart parents from Sierra Leone, West Africa.
His love of music stems from home, as his father, who was a DJ in his youth, would use the weekends to play records dating back as far as the 1960s. This exposure to what is now referred to as “Old School” hits, spans a variety of genres: from both African/Island Reggae, to Classic Motown (R&B), to Generational Pop, to Classic Rock and everything in between. This melting pot of genres is what makes H.R.’s taste in music an ecletic one, which is why the ‘inDspotlight’ features artists in Rock, Pop, Hip-Hop, R&B, Jazz & Spoken Word.
H.R. was a “band geek” for his entire high school career (Mid/Jr. High & High School) as a Tuba/Sousaphone player. He marched and competed as a 4-year member of the (current) 22-Consecutive Time LAUSD Championship Band & Color Guard of Los Angeles Senior High School, directed by Mrs. Darnella Davidson.
H.R. Cole’s dream is to keep this show running for years, at the same time reaching for the mountaintop. That being, one of a television host, ideally a Game Show Host. He states, “growing up, during sick days and school break, I would watch game shows from 9am to around 3pm.” Having been on 4 game shows, calling himself the “perennial runner-up”, he would like to realize a childhood dream and be on the other side of the mic. “What other job can you have fun with a stranger, playing games and possibly change their life for the better? I guess you can say I’m a game show geek.”
H.R. Cole is now living the dream as he starts on his hosting journey. He is the Official Host of the Artists in Music Awards (Season 4) after 2 years hosting the Red carpet, former Host of the Welcome2Music TV channel on YouTube as well as the 2013 #BurnItDown, We Care Potpourri Night Fashion Show/Charity & CPC Concert 4 A Cause Events. Most recently, he was the spotlight reporter for the Music TV series Platinum Drop . All of this, in addition to his radio programs inDspotlight Countdown & SportSpeak, H.R. has established inDspotlight Productions, putting all of his programming under one umbrella, in the hopes of bringing some great programming from independent artists of all genres in media. With the inDspotlight Countdown w/ H.R. Cole now in syndication, on 4 stations; SportSpeak.org taking off heavily on Social media, and new shows in the work on the NEW “inDtv” channel, H.R. is doing more than he ever expected. And this is only the beginning!!!