Faith Evans, singer
birth name: Faith Renee Evans

Faith Evans

June 10, 1973, Lakeland, FL

“Everybody wasn't always too big on my mother having me. I believe at least probably my father. I don't think he wanted her to have the baby. So I really think that's what made her name me Faith. She had to keep the faith.” ~ Faith Evans

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June 10, 1978 ~ Billboard Hot 100 ~ #3 (1) Johnny Mathis/Deniece Williams, Too Much, Too Little, Too Late ~ #2 (3) Andy Gibb, Shadow Dancing ~ #1 (2) John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John, You're The One That I Want


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. ~ Allmusic: Faith Evans ~ retrieved July 18, 2013 © Allmusic

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Mary J. Blige ~ My Life (1994) ~ Ranked #281 Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Albums Of All Time in 2012 ~ Graced by soulful samples and revisions of classic R&B. ~ 2012 © Rolling Stone

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