Who is Melissa Heholt?
Born on October 10, 1987 in New York City, USA, Melissa Heholt is an event planner as well as a businesswoman, but perhaps best known as the wife of rapper J. Cole. Her husband rose to fame in the early 2010s with the release of his album “Cole World: The Sideline Story”. Since then, he has released numerous hits and collaborated with various popular artists.
Melissa Heholt’s net worth
As of the beginning of 2020, Melissa Heholt’s net worth is estimated to be over $700,000, largely earned through a successful event planning career.
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She is also likely benefiting from her husband’s success, with J. Cole having an estimated net worth of over $35 million, with numerous successful albums and singles to his credit.
Early life, education and career
Melissa is of multiracial descent and grew up in New York. She attended the private Archbishop Molloy High School. She had no clear direction for her career at a young age, but after graduating from college, she enrolled at St. John’s University where she would eventually meet her future husband J. Cole.
After completing her studies, she started a career as a teacher, but it didn’t last long, as she soon discovered that she leaned more towards event planning, and was very interested in it.
She first worked for Makini Regal Designs as an apprentice, learning from the Brooklyn event design company that specializes in wedding events. After staying there for a few years, she left the company to start her own event planning company, Statice Events, in 2014. Since then she has planned numerous events ranging from seminars to weddings. She also works as one of the executive directors of the Dream City Foundationa charitable organization founded by her husband.
Husband – J. Cole
Jermaine Cole is of African American descent, born in Frankfurt, West Germany, where his father served on a US military base as a member of the US Army, and his mother worked for the US Postal Service.
It was a mixed ethnic family as his mother was white and father African American who later deserted the family and he settled with his mother in Fayetteville, North Carolina where he grew up with an older brother.
At a young age he developed a love for sports, basketball and music, and learned to play the violin, which led him to perform with the Terry Sanford Orchestra. At the age of 12, he became interested in rap and eventually focused more on it as it became a possible career in his eyes. He learned more about production and adopted the name Therapist for his productions. He performed well in high school and wanted more opportunities in New York City, which led him to accept a scholarship to St. John’s University.
Career start – J. Cole
While in college, J. Cole became interested in a career in computer science, but later switched to business and communications, as he became discouraged by witnessing the life of a lonely computer science professor. He was very active in the university community and graduated magna cum laude, although he did not receive his degree until 2015 due to an overdue library book, which caused the university to withhold it. For a time, he worked at numerous odd jobs, including as a mascot and newsboy.
He kept several song samples with him and also had a notebook of songs he had written over the years.
After making a full CD of work, he traveled to Roc the Mic Studio, hoping to catch the attention of rapper Jay Z. He was turned down by the famous rapper, but that motivated him to make even more music, and in 2009 he released the mixtape “The Warm Up” which eventually helped him to get the attention of Jay Z, leading him to be featured on Jay’s album “The Blueprint ” popped up. 3″.
The success of J. Cole
After teaming up with Jay Z, J. Cole was signed to the Roc Nation imprint and would go on to release another mixtape “Friday Night Lights”. He gained fame for his mixtape releases, as well as his constant feature films and work with other popular artists.
In 2011, he released his debut album – “Cole World: The Sideline Story” – which was certified Platinum in the US by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). His album debuted at the top of the US Billboard 100 and he received acclaim for both his musical skills and his production work.
He followed up his debut album with “Born Sinner”, and then another project – “2014 Forest Hills Drive” – through which he continued to build his fame. His second and third albums also achieved platinum certification and led to his first Grammy nomination. In 2016, he had another top hit with “4 Your Eyez Only”, which became another platinum-certified hit.
Two years later he produced “KOD”, making it his fifth number one album in five album releases.
In addition to his music, he also works as a producer for Janet Jackson and Kendrick Lamar. He created the Dreamville Records label and also launched the Dreamville Foundation non-profit organization.
Melissa met J. Cole while they were both students at St. John’s University. They kept their relationship private and secret, even with one secret wedding in 2015.
It wasn’t until a year later that J. Cole surprised many of his fans by admitting that he was married to his high school sweetheart, revealing in an interview with director Ryan Coogler a year later that he and his wife had a child. .
Aside from their relationship, the couple is very active in supporting young women and single teen mothers through the Dreamville Foundation. J. Cole focused on these endeavors after growing up with his mother. He even bought his childhood home and later offered the accommodation to young teenage mothers, free of rent.