R&B Sensation Colete' Bates
by TeRenna Taylor
“If you put GOD first, great things will happen in your life”
Colete’ was born in Bellflower, California and began to notice that she had an interest in music at the age of eight years old. Colete’ listened and admired the vocal styling of the older generation and as a child mimic their style. She began to admire the styles of Aretha Franklin, Patti LaBelle and Tina Turner, to name a few.
Colete’ was raised in the church by her parents and that’s were she discovered she was blessed with the gift of song. Colete’ joined the church choir and realized, when she sang, she would bring the congregation to their feet. Sunday after Sunday, Colete’ would bring song and entertain the church. As Colete’ grew and matured in her song, she realized that she loved to entertain people.
Colete’ began to entertain outside the church and performed at local events in the city she resided in Compton, Ca. At age 8, there were small events and talent showcases that Colete’ was entered in and performed exceptionally for her age. She wanted to share her talents with the world and her passion for singing grew with every year she performed. As her career grew and began to blossom, tragedy struck Colete’, the woman she admired and inspired her fell sick and Colete’ had to put her dreams to the side and take care of her Grandmother. Colete’ put her life and singing career on hold to take care of her. When her grandmother passed, she told Colete’ to pursue her dream and no matter what she did in life, always keep GOD first, no matter what you do in life. That moment forth, Colete’ used her gift in multiple televisions productions, live stage plays and background singer for major artist.
She has starred along side R&B music artists Howard Hewitt and James DeBarge in hit gospel stage plays: “A Man That Finds A Wife Finds A Good Thing.” She has also performed with Gospel Legend Vanessa Bell Armstrong, from the Temptations – Ali Woodson, and Keith Washington from “Lords There’s A Stranger in My House.” She has done background singing for rapper YO-YO, KNOCTURNAL and many others.
Colete’ is currently a member of the female singing gospel group DIVINE PRAISE.
She has experience performing at live stage events and in loud clubs around the
Colete’ has been determined and never faltered in her goals. She stays focused and determined to achieve her goal, she never gives up on anything she has done. Whatever obstacles are placed in front of her, she leaps high and keeps faith underneath her. She has high morals and high disregards for others, never putting anyone down and keep GOD first. She allows GOD to use her in whatever ways HE sees fit.