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Faith Evans

In spite of the fact that Faith Evans carved out a lengthy recording career in her own right, her name will forever remain linked in the minds of many to her late husband, the Notorious B.I.G. Evans was an active session singer and songwriter before signing her own solo deal and marrying Biggie, and while she never matched the level of his stardom, she continued to come into her own as a vocalist in the years after his untimely death. Each one of her first four studio albums reached the Top Five of Billboard's R&B albums chart, and she attained twice as many Top Ten R&B singles.

Evans was born on June 10, 1973, and grew up in Newark, NJ, where she began singing in church at the mere age of two. A high school honor student, she sang in her school's musical productions before winning a full scholarship to Fordham University. After just one year, though, she left college to put her jazz and classical training to use in the field of contemporary R&B. It didn't take her long to find work, and over the next few years, she sang backup and wrote songs for artists like Hi-Five, Mary J. Blige, Pebbles, Al B. Sure!, Usher, Tony Thompson, and Christopher Williams. Thanks to her work on Blige's 1994 sophomore effort, My Life, Evans met producer/impresario Sean "Puffy" Combs, who signed her to his Bad Boy label. In 1995, Evans released her debut album, Faith, which went platinum on the strength of the hit R&B singles "You Used to Love Me" and "Soon as I Get Home." The same year, she met fellow Bad Boy artist the Notorious B.I.G. (some accounts say at a photo shoot, others a phone conversation) and married him after a courtship of just nine days; shortly thereafter, she guested on a remix of his smash single "One More Chance."

Over the next couple of years, Evans continued her behind-the-scenes work, performing and writing for records by the likes of Color Me Badd and LSG. She and Biggie also had a son, Christopher Wallace, Jr., in late 1996; however, by that point, their marriage had already become strained. Biggie had publicly taken up with rapper Lil' Kim and rumors had been spreading about an Evans liaison with Biggie's rival 2Pac (alluded to on 2Pac's venomous "Hit Me Off"). The couple had unofficially separated when Biggie was shot and killed in March 1997. A grief-stricken Evans was prominently featured on the Puff Daddy tribute single "I'll Be Missing You," which with its cribbed Police hook zoomed to the top of the charts and became one of the year's biggest hits.

Evans' sophomore effort, Keep the Faith, followed in 1998 and spun off several R&B hits over the next year, including "Love Like This," "All Night Long," and the Babyface-produced R&B number one "Never Gonna Let You Go." In the meantime, she worked with Aaron Hall, Tevin Campbell, and DMX, among others, and also made high-profile guest appearances on two 1999 hits, Whitney Houston's "Heartbreak Hotel" and Eric Benet's cover of Toto and Cheryl Lynn's "Georgy Porgy." She eventually married record executive Todd Russaw, who took an active role in helping manage her career.

In 2001, Evans released her third album, Faithfully, a more uptempo record that received her strongest reviews to date; it also produced hit singles in "You Gets No Love" and "I Love You," and her duet with Carl Thomas on "Can't Believe" was nominated for a Grammy. However, it would be her last Bad Boy album. The First Lady, released on Capitol in 2005, missed the top spot of the Billboard 200 by one position. Singles-wise, it didn't perform nearly as well. After a five-year hiatus from recording -- during which she penned the African American Literary Award-winning memoir Keep the Faith -- Evans released Something About Faith on the independent eOne label. It topped Billboard's Independent Albums chart, went Top Five R&B/Hip-Hop, and debuted at number 15 on the Billboard 200. Its first single, "Gone Already," was nominated for a Grammy in the category of Best Female R&B Vocal Performance. After appearing on El DeBarge's "Lay with You" and Rahsaan Patterson's "Crazy (Baby)," she starred on the 2012 TV One reality series R&B Divas beside Nicci Gilbert, Monifah, Syleena Johnson, and Keke Wyatt. A tie-in compilation for the show was released by eOne that October; its proceeds went to the Whitney E. Houston Academy. ~ Steve Huey & Andy Kellman, Rovi
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Comments

Don't have the awards but "Queen of Soul"! When I say this Understand! Areatha"Matr i a c h ! Over all even Queen! But when she goesFaith!!( T o me!)- I know she's not flashy! No Big hair Or skimpy outfits! To Me a distraction! - All about Music!!!- Love Her!!!
I'm listening to Faith Evans live...Singe r s back then could sing in concert these days singers aren't even singing.
we dont really have any songs that can even amount to this melody...
Real music, my favorite song by Faith
I love you. This is cool. All my old school favorites are playing. Thank you Pandora. I'm loving it. :-)
My friends dad never came home it's so sad
Faith love her music
bacacasey
faith evans sings awesome
I love u Faith Renee Evans. Yessssssssss !
sean.rite99
Iam n love wit this woman!!!
Wow♥♥
Gettm Faith
GIRL YOU SANG THAT!!!
kushina337
Real music right here
Faith is one of my fav singer love her
One of my second favorite singer
One of her best songs.
That voice...... That voice..... Love her music!
HER BEST!!!!
Luv her!!!!!
WILL SAY IT AGAIN!!!- THE QUEEN!!!-ARE T H A #1 FAITH#1-The torch is just waiting to be passed!!!
Love, love this song!!!!!!!
like this song a lot too
This has to be my favorite Faith Evans song.
My girl, love faith!
I love me some Faith Evans...Than k you JC you know who you are :D
josjen3
Ain't nothing like the original:'(
I miss the 90s music, too.
Reminds me of my days when LOVE was pure & loving freely was all that mattered.
I can listen to this everyday miss the 90s
Only faith song I Fuchs with.
Love this sistah's music. Got her own flave going on. Do your thing girl.
KISSING YOU I like yhe way she sings this melody love it girl
Love Me Some Faith ... She a true singer she sounds like herself in person... You Go Girl !!!!
i'd like to think my mom for bumping faith evens in the car win i was little.
Love you Faith
beautiful song
Real talent
This songs brings back so many memories of me and my boo!!!!! This whole album was hot!!
Soon as I get home was my JAM in the 90's I love this song.
1.kiss your left hand
2.say your crush name
3.close your hand
4.say a school day
5.say ur name
6.open your hand and look at it
7.post this to 15 songs and ur crush will say they like you and ask you out
I love Faith is my favorite singer ever she is the Karen Clark-Sheard of R&B since they sound so much alike....Fai t h is a great singer/song writer..give s me goose bumps
Love her
hpgolb
Biggie smalls ��
Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of you life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However if you don't post this you will die in 2 days. Now you've started reading so don't stop. This is so scary put this on at least 5 songs in 143 minutes. When done press f6 and your lover's name will come on the screen in big letters. This is so scary because it actually works!
Gooooo!!! Faith!!! Love it!!!
GREAT SKILLS!!!
Being Honest- Why are people always comparing her and MaryJ.(shes great!) But Faith on another Level!!!!
JUST BEAUTIFUL!!! - HER VOICE!!!
Love faith.
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