Faith Evans


Though a successful R&B artist in her own right, Faith Evans is perhaps best known for her tumultuous relationship with her first husband Christopher Wallace - better known as The Notorious B.I.G.. The Lakeland, Florida native honed her vocal skills in the church choir and at county fairs, eventually moving to Newark, New Jersey at age 18 where she met budding record producer Sean "Puffy" Combs, who signed her to his Bad Boy label in 1994 as the imprint�s first female artist. That same year she met The Notorious B.I.G. at a photoshoot; the pair married just three months later.

Faith turned down a scholarship to Fordham University in New York City to pursue a singing career, eventually releasing her debut album Faith in late 1995. The album proved to be a success, with singles "Ain't Nobody" and "Come Over" receiving a respectable amount of airplay. By the time Faith reached Platinum status in 1996 her marriage to Biggie had taken a turn for the worse, amid rumors of infidelity and the East Coast/West Coast rap rivalry between Biggie and Tupac Shakur. Tragically, The Notorious B.I.G. was shot dead after an awards show by an unknown assailant in early 1997 (just a few short weeks after Tupac's assassination), putting an end to their relationship once and for all.

Puffy assisted Faith in dealing with her husband's death by pushing her to record a second record, which saw a 1998 release in the form of Keep The Faith. Keep The Faith peaked at #6 on the Billboard 200, producing a handful of hits ("Love Like This", "All Night Long") and eventually selling over a million copies domestically. She married record producer Todd Russaw, her current husband, that same year.

No doubt always an attractive woman, Faith made the decision to lose over 50 pounds for the release of her third album, Faithfully, which saw a 2001 release. Though widely considered by fans to be her weakest album, Faithfully still performed well in the marketplace, moving almost 2,000,000 units and producing five hit singles, among them "Can't Believe", "I Love You", and "Burnin' Up". She released her fourth studio album The First Lady four years later in 2005 on Capitol Records; widely considered a return to form for the newly svelte R&B starlet, The First Lady debuted at #2 on the Billboard 200 and has since shown no sign of slowing down. Standout tracks from The First Lady include "Hope", "Again", and "Mesmerized".

Evans' most recent release was not an album, but a tell-all autobiography entitled Keep the Faith: A Memoir. The book hit store shelves in summer 2008, and deals extensively with the singer's life - including her highly publicized marriage to The Notorious B.I.G..

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Born: June 10, 1973, Lakeland, FloridaFemale American R&B-artist. Widow of the late Notorious B.I.G.

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Faith Renée Evans (born June 10, 1973) is an American singer-songwriter, record producer, actress and author. Born in Coral Gables, Florida and raised in Newark, New Jersey, Evans moved to Los Angeles in 1993 for a career in music business. After working as a backing vocalist for Al B. Sure, she became the first female artist to be signed to Sean "Puff Daddy" Combs' Bad Boy Entertainment label in 1994, on which she released three platinum-certified studio albums between the years of 1995 and 2001.[1] In 2003, she left the label to sign with Capitol Records.[2]

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Faith Renée Evans, (born June 10, 1973), is an American singer-songwriter, record producer, occasional actress and author. Born in Florida and raised in New Jersey, Evans relocated to Los Angeles in 1993 for a career in the music business. After working as a backing vocalist for Al B. Sure and Christopher Williams, she became the first female artist to be contracted with Sean "Puff Daddy" Combs' Bad Boy Entertainment recording company during 1994, for which she collaborated with several label mates such as Mary J. Blige and Carl Thomas and released three platinum-certified studio albums between the years 1995 and 2001, including Faith (1995), Keep the Faith (1998) and Faithfully (2001).

During 2003, she ended her relationship with the company to contract with Capitol Records. Her first album released on the label, The First Lady (2005) became her highest-charting album then, reaching the top of the US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart, while the holiday album A Faithful Christmas, released the same year, would became her last release on the album as the company was bought during 2007. Following a longer hiatus, Evans releasd her fifth album Something About Faith on the indepdendent label Prolific/E1 Music in 2010.

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