Who is Faith Evans?
One of the greatest R&B singers of all time, Faith Evans is a Grammy Award winner who began to sing at the age of two. She is one of the most muti-talented singers and musicians in the music industry. A hip-hop vocalist and a composer, Faith Evans is one of the most gifted and skillful songwriters. A victim of the many violent crimes in the hip-hop music industry, she witnessed all the grueling violence to which she lost her husband, rapper The Notorious B.I.G, who was murdered mysteriously. In order to pay tribute to her slain husband she performed for the song, ‘I'll Be Missing You’, which became one of the most popular and bestselling songs of all time. She is also one of the most successful record producers and has managed to achieve great success in that arena. She has also been an actress and has worked in a few films and minor television roles. Her autobiographical book titled, ‘Keeping the Faith’, was one of the bestselling books featured on The New York Times bestsellers list.
Childhood & Early Life
Faith Ren�e Evans was born to Richard Swain, an Italian musician and Helene Evans, an African-American singer. He was raised by her aunt and uncle Johnnie Mae and Orvelt Kennedy.
She began singing since she was two years old and by the time she turned four she sang at the congregation of the Emmanuel Baptist Church, Newark. At University High School in Newark, she sang with jazz bands.
In 1991, she graduated from high school and began to study marketing at the Fordham University in New York City, but eventually dropped out.
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In 1995, she came out with her debut album, ‘Faith’, which was released by the Bad Boy Records label. The album featured the hit singles, ‘You Used to Love Me’ and ‘Soon As I Get Home’.
In 1997, she worked with Puff Daddy on the Grammy Award winning single, ‘I'll Be Missing You’. The song went on to become one of the bestselling songs of all time.
Released in 1998, her second album, ‘Keep the Faith’, peaked at the music charts. Some of the tracks featured in the album include, ‘Faith’, ‘Love Like This’ and ‘All Night Long’.
In 2000, she starred in the hip hop drama film, ‘Turn It Up’, which was directed by Robert Adetuyi. The film received only moderate success.
In 2001, her third album, ‘Faithfully’ was released by the Bad Boy Records label. The album featured the hit track, ‘I Love You’, which peaked at the music charts.
In 2005, she came out with her fourth studio album, ‘The First Lady’, which was released by Capitol Records. The album was well received by most of the music critics and peaked at the music charts.
On October 25, 2005, her holiday album, ‘A Faithful Christmas’ was released by the Capitol Records label. The album featured the holiday songs, ‘White Christmas’ and ‘Santa Baby’.
In 2007, she was featured in the single, ‘Got 2 Be Down’, which was from Robin Thicke's second album, ‘The Evolution of Robin Thicke’. However, the song did not do that well on the music charts.
In 2010, she came out with the album, ‘Something About Faith’, which was her fifth studio album and was released by the Prolific Music Group label. The featured the hit single, ‘Gone Already’.
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Released in 2012, her compilation album titled, ‘R&B Divas’, featured the works of other R&B singers. The album contained a total of twelve tracks, out of which she performed for seven.
‘Keep the Faith’, her second album received immensely positive reviews and was one of her biggest successful albums. The album peaked at the number 6 position on the U.S Billboard 200 and the 3rd position at the U.S. Top R&B/Hip-Hop chart.
Her album, ‘The First Lady’ was one of her highest selling ones and peaked at the number two position on the U.S Billboard 200 and the number one position on the U.S. Top R&B/Hip-Hop chart.
Awards & Achievements
In 1996, she was the winner of the Lady of Soul Awards for the category of ‘Best Female R&B/Soul Album’ for the album, ‘Faith’.
In 1997, she was the recipient of the MTV Video Music Awards for the category of ‘Best R&B Video’ for ‘I'll Be Missing You’.
In 1998, she received the Grammy Award for the category of ‘Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group’ for ‘I'll Be Missing You’.
Personal Life & Legacy
She has a daughter named, Chyna, with music producer, Kiyamma Griffin.
On august 4, 1994 she got married to rapper Christopher ‘The Notorious B.I.G.’ Wallace, with whom she had a child named, Christopher Wallace Jr. in 1997. She separated from Wallace in 1997 before he was murdered mysteriously.
In 1998, she had a son named Joshua with a record company executive Todd Russaw. In 2007, the couple got married and subsequently had their second child. In 2011, she filed for divorce.
In 2008, she came out with her autobiography titled, ‘Keep the Faith: A Memoir’.
This Grammy Award winning R&B singer was once arrested for drunken driving in California.