Faith Evans
American actor and musician
Faith Evans
Faith Renée Evans is an American singer-songwriter, record producer, and actress. Born in Florida and raised in New Jersey, Evans relocated to Los Angeles during 1993 for a career in the music business. After working as a backing vocalist for Al B.
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Faith Evans announces Notorious B.I.G. duets album
CNN - 22 days
Twenty years after the unsolved murder of rapper The Notorious B.I.G, his wife is releasing an album of duets with him.
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A Letter To Tupac Shakur, 20 Years Later
Huffington Post - 5 months
Tuesday, September 13, 2016 Dear Tupac: There is a lot I want to say to you, so much so that I do not know where to begin. There is rarely a day or week that I do not think about your life, and your death, since that fateful day on Friday, September 13, 1996. I have tried, at times, and with great failure, to block you out of my head, to ignore the people who've asked me mad questions about you, about the circumstances of your death. I've been utterly frustrated, even, when it felt, during these past twenty years, like my life, in some ways, and for whatever reasons, is at least partially linked to yours. Maybe I should simply start at the beginning. When I first heard of you, it was when your debut album, "2Pacalypse Now," had just been released. We were still in what we now call the Golden Era of hip-hop, when an incredible and diverse range of rap music was being produced, it felt, every single month, from one new artist or another. At the time, groups like N.W.A and ...
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Most-anticipated music shows worldwide for fall 2016
Yahoo News - 7 months
The weather might be getting cooler, but the anticipation for some of this year's eagerly-awaited music shows is heating up. Whether you're a rocker, a popper or a rapper, fall has some exciting performances (and even some music-based movies) lined up. Kicking off on August 25, Puff Daddy will be taking the Bad Boy Records family on tour, featuring performances of the record label's greatest hits by Lil' Kim, MASE, Faith Evans, Mario Winans, 112, Total, Carl Thomas, The Lox, French Montana and Puff Daddy himself.
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Puff Daddy announces Bad Boy Records reunion tour
LATimes - 9 months
One show wasn't enough for Puff Daddy and the rest of his Bad Boy Records crew. The MC and label founder has announced that his Bad Boy reunion festival, which will include many acts on his influential and '90s-favorite record label, will take to the road for a full tour. Lil Kim, Faith Evans,...
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As the First David Bowie Tributes Roll In, Here's To 10 Other Artists Whose Deaths Inspired Music
Huffington Post - about 1 year
In an age where the whole world is a vidcam, it took only hours for the first breathtaking David Bowie musical tribute to go viral. Chris Nickol, organist at the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum in Glasgow, marked his sadness over the passing of the much-loved Bowie by sitting down at the organ and playing the artist's "Life On Mars." Soon it was echoing far beyond Scotland, and it goes like this: With Bowie as with most artists whose unexpected deaths leave us somewhere between shocked and numb, the first musical responses have tended to be renditions of his own music. But tribute songs are already beginning to surface. A Bowie fan band in Ohio, Modern Electric, is performing one this weekend, and Youtube is starting accumulate a few originals. That's a popular music tradition of its own, and a heartening one. Music is the language musicians speak, and song feels like the natural medium for a singer's sendoff. So even as we anticipate more songs about David Bo ...
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Faith Evans Knows 'Justice May Never Be Served' In Notorious B.I.G.'s Death
Huffington Post - about 1 year
Faith Evans is well aware that "justice may never be served" in Notorious B.I.G.'s untimely death, she told HuffPost Live on Tuesday. The Grammy Award-winning singer, who was still married to Biggie when he was fatally gunned down in 1997, still has her suspicions about the events surrounding the shooting.  "I just feel like in our hearts, we -- me and his mom -- feel like we know what happened," Evans told host Nancy Redd.  Evans pointed to the Los Angeles Police Department, which had been investigating the crime along with the FBI but never found the killer.  "We know he was murdered, but we believe that the LAPD knows who's responsible. That's what we believe," Evans said.  The songstress added that Biggie's family would "love" to see the investigation surrounding his death reopened one day: All we can do is hope that that happens. But we're just happy that we're here to preserve his legacy and [make sure] his kids are happy and they're living great l ...
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Xaque Gruber: The Many Faces of Harry Lennix
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Harry Lennix is an actor's actor, and 2013 is proving to be a banner year with a string of starring roles including NBC's highly anticipated new series The Blacklist alongside James Spader. This summer alone, Lennix has appeared as General Swanwick in the blockbuster, Man Of Steel, as well as in the soon-to-be-released suspenseful found footage feature, Evidence, and on September 6th, Mr. Sophistication, a film he executive produces/stars as fictitious comedy legend, Ron Waters -- in a tour de force performance that's sexy, subtle and commanding. Danny Green, director of Mr. Sophistication calls Lennix, "one of the most consummate artists we have in America today. He becomes the characters he's playing." And what a pantheon of characters it is. I've been a huge fan of Lennix ever since his robust, should've-been-Oscar nominated performance as Aaron The Moor in Titus, Julie Taymor's edgy 1999 big screen adaptation of Titus Andronicus, one of Shakespeare's most cont ...
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The Most Dominant Summer Songs Of All Time
Business Insider - over 3 years
It's fun to debate whether a "song of the summer" is actually any good, but there's usually total agreement on what that song is. It's the one you can't escape from — where every bar or club, every radio station you turn to, every party is playing it. This year, it is unquestionably "Blurred Lines," also known as the song from the Radio Shack Commercial. It's already spent five weeks on the top of the Billboard Hot 100, and is in the top 30 on six other Billboard genre charts.  We wanted to go back and look at what were the most dominant summer songs of all time, as measured by ubiquity. To do so, we looked at the songs  that spent the most consecutive weeks at No. 1 on Billboard's Hot 100 (or its equivalent prior to that measure's advent). Some deranged Wikipedian laid out every single No. 1 song for every year going back to 1940. We started when summer songs became legit summer-y, in the mid-50s. For songs that spent equal amounts of consecutive weeks, we also looked at what ...
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Mike Ragogna: From Summer Horns to Napa Jazz: Conversations with Dave Koz and Brian Culbertson
Huffington Post - over 3 years
A Conversation with Dave Koz Mike Ragogna: Dave, it looks like you've got some friends with you on this new project! Dave Koz: Indeed! Old friends, dear friends, amazingly talented friends, but strangely enough, as long as we've known each other, we've never actually worked together on a project before. I'm talking about Gerald Albright and Richard Elliot and Mindi Abair, three phenomenal saxophone players at the top of their game. This album, the Summer Horns project was an album that was kind of floating around in my head for a long time. It was kind of in my musical DNA because the first record that I ever bought was Tower Of Power and that horn section sound kind of seeped into my musical psyche from the earliest days. It was my passion, my love, and it's actually what brought me to the saxophone to begin with. So I knew that at some point, there was going to be this album that would pay tribute to the horn section as part of modern music, and if you look at that ...
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Hip-Hop Rumors: Does Nas Want That Old Thing Back With Kelis?
All Hip Hop - over 4 years
Nas bared his soul on his failed marriage to singer Kelis on his song, “Bye Baby”, and it seems as if the god MC is still hurting over their divorce. During a recent show in London on October 1, Nas admitted to still wanting to do the deed with Kelis. Check out what he said below: “You know, I text her the other night. I said, can we make love one more time? Seriously! It still hurts bad. the pain is real, y’all That s**t is real.” Poor Nas! But wait a second, I thought he had moved on and was dating Antonique Smith, the girl who played Faith Evans in Notorious. Source: NME Email me your rumors at SydneyLaceAHH@gmail.com GET INTERACTIVE WITH ALLHIPHOP.COM! Follow us on Twitter! Like us on Facebook! Email Sydney Lace rumors: SydneyLaceAHH@gmail.com Filed under: MOBILE, Rumors Tagged: Hip-Hop Rumors: Does Nas Want That Old Thing Back With Kelis?
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TV One's Most Watched 'R&B Divas'
Huffington Post - over 4 years
This week has been quite an eventful for R&B singer Faith Evans. Not only did the Grammy Award-winner reveal the release date of her October 2 album, “R&B Divas,” she also made history with her new TV One reality show of the same name. Today the network announced that the Monday’s debut of the series, which also stars R&B singers Nicci Gilbert-Daniels, Monifah Carter, Syleena Johnson and Keke Wyatt, delivered the most watched original premiere in channel’s history netting nearly 900,000 total viewers. "We were confident in the quality of production and that the compelling storytelling deriving from the Divas' willingness to present their lives so openly and honestly would result in an entertaining series,” TV One EVP of Programming and Production, Toni Judkins, said in a statement. “We're pleased that the ratings reflect the viewers' interest in and support of the show and TV One." In addition to serving as the show’s co-producers the New Jersey native i ...
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Win Some Celebrity Swag! We’re Giving Away The Gift Bag From The BET Awards
Bossip - over 4 years
You too can be a star!  Win the same bag given to celebrities like Samuel L Jackson, Faith Evans, LaLa Anthony and Kevin Hart at the 2012 BET Awards with items including: A Thousand Words DVD - A heartwarming and hilarious comedy starring Eddie Murphy, A Thousand Words is available on DVD with deleted scenes, as well as on Blu-ray with deleted and extended scenes and an alternate ending. www.thousandwordsmovie.com   BowensBergeron was created with the vision to bridge the gap between fashion and art by creating hand-crafted, eco-friendly, limited edition handbags using the most exotic and visually stunning woods from around the globe.  True wearable art in its most evolved sense, BowensBergeron is classic, contemporary, and collectible.  As such, BowensBergeron seamlessly sits at the intersection of art, fashion, and design.www.bowensbergeron.com 46664 Fashion- Built on Nelson Mandela’s legacy — 466 is Nelson prison # and 64 is the year– this line Africa’s first aspira ...
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“It’s (Not) Over Now”: R&B Group 112 Reunites This Summer on “For the Fans” Tour
All Hip Hop - over 4 years
Though members Slim and Q Parker have been attempting solo careers, the entire group, including Daron and Mike, have come back together in the “For The Fans” tour. The group enjoyed ’90s hits including “Only You (Bad Boy Remix)” and “Cupid”. Their popularity skyrocketed in the early 2000s with “It’s Over Now” and the ever-popular “Peaches & Cream”. The tour is open and is still adding dates. Confirmed dates are: June 23 – House of Blues with Faith Evans, Atlantic City, NJ July 14 – Chene Park Amphitheater with Jagged Edge, Dru Hill and Da Brat, Detroit, MI September 8 – ShoWare Center with Blackstreet and Faith Evans, Kent, WA September 15 – Koka Booth Amphitheater, Cary, NC Filed under: Alternatives, MOBILE Tagged: 112, 112's For The Fans Tour, bad boy records, P. Diddy, Q Parker, Slim (Of 112)
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Celeb birthdays for the week of June 10-16
Yahoo News - over 4 years
June 10: Singer Shirley Alston Reeves of The Shirelles is 71. Actor Andrew Stevens is 57. Bassist Kim Deal of The Pixies and The Breeders is 51. Singer Maxi Priest is 51. Actress Gina Gershon is 50. Actress Jeanne Tripplehorn is 49. Drummer Jimmy Chamberlin (Smashing Pumpkins, Zwan) is 48. Actress Kate Flannery ("The Office") is 48. Model-actress Elizabeth Hurley is 47. Guitarist Joey Santiago of The Pixies is 47. Guitarist Emma Anderson (Lush) is 45. Country guitarist Brian Hofeldt of The Derailers is 45. Singer Mike Doughty (Soul Coughing) is 42. Singer JoJo of K-Ci and JoJo is 41. Singer Faith Evans is 39. Singer Lemisha Grinstead of 702 is 34. Actor DJ Qualls ("Hustle & Flow") is 34. Actor Shane West ("ER," ''Now and Again") is 34. Singer Hoku is 31. Actress Leelee Sobieski is 30.
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Faith Evans Owes Uncle Sam BIG TIME!
Perez Hilton - almost 5 years
The last time Faith Evans, the late Notorious BIG's former wife, was making headlines, it was because of her 2010 D.U.I. arrest, but apparently, that's not all the legal drama in which she's embroiled herself, because she reportedly owes over $60,000 to the State of California in back taxes! According to The State of California Tax Franchise Board, the R&B singer failed to pay up from 2008-2010, and if she doesn't soon, the state has free reign to seize up her assets...including her homes! Not good, gurl! We're not sure what's going on with you these days, but we suggest getting it together ASAP! Before you lose everything! [Image via WENN.]
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Faith Evans
    FORTIES
  • 2014
    Age 40
    Faith Evans released her sixth studio album "Incomparable" on November 24, 2014.
    More Details Hide Details On TMZ, Evans had announced that she is working on a posthumous Notorious B.I.G. album titled The King & I, which will feature duets with the two. She initially stated that it had been planned to release sometime in 2017. Having previously appeared in stage plays as a teenager, Evans began acting with a supporting role in director Robert Adetuyi's 2000 music drama Turn It Up, featuring Pras Michel from The Fugees, Jason Statham and Ja Rule. Released to generally negative reviews from critics, who noted it "patently absurd in both the details and larger aspects", the indie film had a short play and became a financial disappointment, gaining US$1.24 million during its U.S. run only.
    Evans also revealed guest appearances for the album are slated to include Missy Elliott, KeKe Wyatt, B.Slade and Karen Clark Sheard of The Clark Sisters. "I Deserve It", a record featuring recurring collaborator Missy Elliott and her protégée Sharaya J, was released via iTunes on August 25, 2014 as the album's lead single.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 2013
    Age 39
    On August 6, 2013, Evans confirmed she had begun work on her 6th album, tentatively titled Incomparable.
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  • 2012
    Age 38
    The album R&B Divas Atlanta, led by Evans was released on October 2, 2012.
    More Details Hide Details Proceeds from the album will benefit the Whitney E. Houston Academy of Creative & Performing Arts in East Orange, New Jersey.
    In 2012, Evans became a cast member of TV One reality show R&B Divas Atlanta alongside Nicci Gilbert, Syleena Johnson, Keke Wyatt and Monifah.
    More Details Hide Details Evans also co-executive produces the show.
  • 2011
    Age 37
    In May 2011, Evans and Russaw announced they were getting a divorce, and stated they would like to keep it quiet for the children's sakes.
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    In 2011, Evans filed for divorce against Russaw.
    More Details Hide Details The couple agreed to spend 13 weeks in a drug-treatment program in exchange for halting any further prosecution of their drug-possession case.
  • 2010
    Age 36
    Her fifth studio album Something About Faith was released on October 5, 2010 in the United States, where it debuted and peaked at number fifteen on the Billboard 200 and number one on the Independent Albums chart.
    More Details Hide Details Something About Faith has spawned the leading single "Gone Already", which spent over thirty-three weeks on the US Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, where it peaked at number twenty-two.
    Following a 5-year hiatus Faith Evans created her very own record label imprint in 2010.
    More Details Hide Details She named the imprint Prolific Music Group and hired top talent to build the record label from scratch. Evans began recording songs with Keyshia Cole, Redman, Snoop Dogg and Raekwon, among others for the labels freshman album. Evans signed a deal with independent record label E1 Entertainment later that year.
    In August 2010, Evans was arrested on suspicion of misdemeanor drunken driving, after being stopped at a checkpoint in Marina del Rey, California.
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  • 2007
    Age 33
    The effort would become her last release on Capitol Records as the company was bought during 2007.
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  • 2004
    Age 30
    During January 2004, Evans and Russaw were arrested and charged with possession of marijuana and cocaine and an improper tag violation during a traffic stop in Hapeville, a suburb of Atlanta, Georgia.
    More Details Hide Details After ending with Bad Boy Entertainment Evans contracted with Capitol Records company, becoming the first contemporary R&B artist to do so, and started work on her fourth studio album The First Lady, named after her nickname on her former label. As opposed to having an in-house team of producers who supplied most of the previous material, she and Russaw were able to gain more creative control of the album and consulted producers such as Bryan-Michael Cox, Jermaine Dupri, Mike Caren, Pharrell Williams, and Chucky Thompson to contribute to it. Upon its release in April 2005, The First Lady scored at number two on the Billboard 200 and number one on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart, becoming Evans' best-charting album to date. It was eventually certified gold by the RIAA. At the end of the year, Evans released A Faithful Christmas, a holiday album of traditional Christmas songs and original tracks.
    Released amid Bad Boy Records' transition from distributor Arista Records to Universal, Evans felt Faithfully received minimum assistance by the company, and during 2004, she finally decided to end her business with Bad Boy as she was convinced Combs couldn't improve her career any more due to his other commitments.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 2003
    Age 29
    During 2003, Evans acted in the MTV-produced romantic comedy The Fighting Temptations in which she appeared in a brief but major role portraying a single mother and night club singer.
    More Details Hide Details Filmed in Columbus, Georgia and headed by Cuba Gooding, Jr. (her character is his mother) and Beyoncé Knowles, the film garnered mixed reviews by critics, but scored top three of the U.S. box office, resulting in a domestic gross of US$30.2 million. In addition, Evans recorded a contemporary cover version of Donna Summer's 1978 success "Heaven Knows" for the film which her characters performs during one of the first in sequence in the film. The accompanying soundtrack scored the top twenty of the U.S. Billboard 200. During 2004, Evans earned a brief guest stint on the UPN situation comedy Half & Half. Evans announced that she had been working on a synopsis for her own situation comedy that would be based largely on her life but with a more comedic aspect. It is unknown whether she has officially pitched the sitcom to any television networks at this time.
    In 2003, she ended her relationship with the company to sign with Capitol Records.
    More Details Hide Details Her first album released on the label, The First Lady (2005) became her highest-charting album at the time, reaching the top of the US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums charts, while the holiday album A Faithful Christmas, released the same year, would become her last release before the company was bought in 2007. Following a longer hiatus, Evans released her fifth album Something About Faith on the independent label Prolific/E1 Music in 2010.
  • 2000
    Age 26
    Also an actress and writer, Evans made her screen debut in the 2000 musical drama Turn It Up by Robert Adetuyi.
    More Details Hide Details Her autobiography Keep the Faith: A Memoir was released by Grand Central Publishing in 2008 and won a 2009 African American Literary Award for the Best Biography/Memoir category.
  • 1998
    Age 24
    Two years in the making, Evans' second studio album, Keep the Faith, was released in October 1998.
    More Details Hide Details Almost entirely written and produced by her, Evans considered the album difficult to complete as she had initially felt discouraged about the progress at first. Upon its release, however, the album earned generally positive reviews by music critics, with Allmusic noting it "without a doubt a highlight of 1990s soul-pop music". Also enjoying commercial success, it eventually went platinum and produced the top ten singles "Love Like This" and "All Night Long" (released March 30, 1999) prompting Evans to start an 18-city theater tour with Dru Hill and Total the following year. Evans' third album on the Bad Boy label, named Faithfully (2001), involved her working with a wider range of producers, including The Neptunes, Mario Winans, Buckwild, Vada Nobles, Cory Rooney, and others. Her first project with husband Todd Russaw as executive producer and creative partner, the album scored number 14 on the Billboard 200 album chart and number two on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart, eventually being certified platinum, but yielded moderately successful singles, with the Jennifer Lopez-written "I Love You" becoming the only top twenty entry.
    It eventually won Puffy and Evans the 1998 Grammy Award for Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group.
    More Details Hide Details The next year, she received another two Grammy nominations for "Heartbreak Hotel", a collaboration with singers Whitney Houston and Kelly Price, that scored number two on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
    During the summer of 1998, Evans and Russaw were married, and on March 22, 2007, they had their second son Ryder Evan Russaw.
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  • 1997
    Age 23
    The song, which featured Combs, Evans, and all-male group 112, became a worldwide number-one success and debuted at number one on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart during 1997, scoring that for eleven weeks.
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    After Biggie's murder on March 9, 1997, Combs helped Evans produce her tribute song named "I'll Be Missing You", based on the melody of The Police's 1983 single "Every Breath You Take".
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    During early 1997, after her separation from Wallace, but before his death, Evans' friend Missy Elliott introduced her to record company executive Todd Russaw.
    More Details Hide Details Faith began dating Russaw during her and Wallace's separation and after Wallace died, Evans became pregnant by Russaw. The couple had their first son Joshua on June 8, 1998.
    Additionally, it led to Evans' involvement in the East Coast - West Coast hip hop rivalry which dominated the rap music news at the time and ended with Wallace's murder in a yet-to-be-solved drive-by shooting in Los Angeles, California in March 1997.
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    A 1997 tribute single featuring Puff Daddy and the band 112, named "I'll Be Missing You", won Evans a Grammy Award in 1998.
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    The turbulent marriage resulted in Evans' involvement in the East Coast–West Coast hip hop rivalry, dominating the rap music news at the time, and ended with Wallace's murder in an unsolved drive-by shooting in Los Angeles on March 9, 1997.
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  • 1994
    Age 20
    A year before, on August 4, 1994, Evans married rapper and label mate Christopher "The Notorious B.I.G." Wallace, after having met him at a Bad Boy photo shoot. The couple had one child together, Christopher Jordan Wallace, born October 29, 1996, but the marriage was turbulent as Wallace reportedly had several affairs during their union, including relationships with fellow rappers Lil' Kim and Charli Baltimore.
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    Impressed with her, Combs contracted her as the company's first female artist to his Bad Boy Entertainment during 1994.
    More Details Hide Details Newly contracted to Bad Boy Records, Evans was consulted by executive producer Combs to contribute backing vocals and writing skills to Mary J. Blige's My Life (1994) and Usher's self-titled debut album (1994) prior to starting work on her debut studio album Faith. Released on August 29, 1995 in North America, the album was a main collaboration with Bad Boy's main producers, The Hitmen, including Chucky Thompson and Combs, but it also resulted in recordings with Poke & Tone and Herb Middleton. Faith became a success based on the singles "You Used to Love Me" and "Soon as I Get Home". The album was eventually certified platinum with 1.5 million copies sold, according to RIAA.
    Other than her recording career, Evans is mostly known as the widow of New York rapper Christopher "The Notorious B.I.G." Wallace, whom she married on August 4, 1994, a few weeks after meeting at a Bad Boy photo shoot.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1993
    Age 19
    In 1993, she relocated to Los Angeles, where she worked as a backup vocalist for singer Al B. Sure!, when she was noticed by musician Sean "Puff Daddy" Combs.
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  • 1991
    Age 17
    After graduating from high school in 1991, Evans attended Fordham University in New York City to study marketing but left a year later to have daughter Chyna with music producer Kiyamma Griffin.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1973
    Born
    Evans was born on June 10, 1973, in Lakeland, Florida to an African American mother, Helene Evans, a professional singer.
    More Details Hide Details Her father, Richard Swain, who was Caucasian, was a musician who left before Evans was born (Evans has said "I've heard people mumble something about him being Italian, but I don't know for sure"). A half-year later, 19-year-old Helene returned to Newark, New Jersey and left Faith with her cousin Johnnie Mae and husband Orvelt Kennedy, the foster parents of more than 100 children they raised during the time that Faith lived with them. Faith had known Johnnie Mae and Orvelt Kennedy as her grandparents. It was not until a couple of years later that Helene's career floundered and she tried to take Evans back home. Faith, however, was afraid to leave what she'd "been used to," and instead, Helene relocated next door. Raised in a Christian home, Evans began singing at church at age two. At age 4, she caught the attention of the congregation of the Emmanuel Baptist Church in Newark when she sang The 5th Dimension's song "Let the Sunshine In". While attending University High School in Newark, she sang with several jazz bands and, encouraged by Helene, entered outside pageants, festivals and contests, where her voice would be noticed and praised.
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