Host | Executive Producer | Founder
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 eclectic one, which is why the music 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 25-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 ideally to be 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 5 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 since 2011 his hosting journey has led him to all facets of production both with opportunity of growth both in front of an behind the camera. He currently resides as Host/Executive Producer of the indie entertainment news magazine show entitled inD Films Monthly™ (filmed on location from the TCL Chinese Theatre) currently streaming on his company's inDtv|inDspotlight Television™ channel on Universe Network TV | Ch 140 (Roku, App Store, Google Play &Apple TV). He is the official media host for the HollyShorts Film Festival. He was the Official Host of the Artists in Music Awards (Season 4) after 2 years working as the official Red Carpet and After Party Host, 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. With all of this, in addition to his former radio programs inDspotlight Countdown™: Top 20 Weekly Indie Music Countdown & SportSpeak™, H.R. has established inDspotlight Productions™ in 2011 named after his award-winning radio series, putting all of his programming under one umbrella, in the hopes of bringing some great programming from independent artists of all genres in media. As his company's flagship series inD Films Monthly™ grows, the return of the inDspotlight Countdown™ w/ H.R. Cole now as an indie music video series, and being slated to produce a few independent online series, H.R. is doing more than he ever expected. And this is only the beginning... now he's ready to Welcome HIS...FIRST...CONTESTANT!!! GAME ON!