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Faith Evans (1973)

Faith Renée Evans

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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 with 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 released three platinum-certified studio albums between the years 1995 and 2001. During 2003, she ended her relationship with the company to contract with Capitol Records.

Other than her recording career, Evans is 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 photoshoot. The turbulent marriage resulted in Evans' involvement in the East Coast-West Coast hip hop feud, dominating the rap music news at the time, and ended with Wallace's murder in a yet-unsolved drive-by shooting in Los Angeles, California during March 1997. A 1997 tribute single featuring Puff Daddy and the band 112, named "I'll Be Missing You", became Evans' best-selling song to date and won her a Grammy Award during 1998.

Also an avocational actress and writer, Evans made her screen debut in the 2000 musical drama Turn It Up by Robert Adetuyi. Her autobiography Keep the Faith: A Memoir was released by Grand Central Publishing during 2008 and won a 2009 African American Literary Award for the Best Biography/Memoir category.

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 early life
Evans was born in Lakeland, Florida to an African-American mother, Helene Evans, a professional singer. Her father, Richard Swain, 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 a hundred children they raised in the time that Faith lived with them. 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 four, she caught the attention of the congregation of the Emmanuel Baptist Church 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. After graduating from high school during 1991, Evans attended Fordham University in New York City to study marketing but ended out a year later to have daughter Chyna with music producer Kiyamma Griffin. A couple of months later , 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. Impressed with her persona, Combs contracted her as the company's first female artist to his Bad Boy Entertainment during 1994.

 personal life
Prior to Evans meeting and having a relationship with The Notorious B.I.G., she was involved in a relationship with Kiyamma Griffin. She and Griffin had a daughter named Chyna .

On August 4, 1994, Evans married rapper and label mate The Notorious B.I.G., after having met him at a Bad Boy photoshoot. The couple had one child together, Christopher Wallace, Jr. , but the marriage was turbulent as Wallace reportedly had several affairs during their union, including relationships with fellow rappers Lil' Kim and Charli Baltimore. Additionally, it led to Evans' involvement in the East Coast-West Coast hip hop feud, dominating the rap music news at the time, which ended with Wallace's murder in a yet-unsolved drive-by shooting in Los Angeles, California in March 1997, and made Evans "Rap's most famous widow".

During early 1997, after her separation from Wallace, but before his death, Evans was introduced to record company executive Todd Russaw. Faith began dating Russaw during her and Wallace's separation and eventually, after Wallace died, Evans became pregnant by Russaw. The couple had their first son Joshua on June 8, 1998. During the summer of 1998, Evans and Russaw were married, and on March 22, 2007, they had their second son Ryder Evan Russaw.

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. In August 2010 she was arrested on suspicion of misdemeanor drunken driving, after being stopped at a checkpoint in Marina del Rey, California. In 2011, Evans filed for divorce against Russaw. The couple agreed to spend 13 weeks in a drug-treatment program in exchange for halting any further prosecution of their drug-possession case.

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 sake.

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Name Duration Released
Way You Move 04:55 2010
Sunshine 03:33 2010
I Still 04:10 2010
Can't Stay Away 03:20 2010
Something About Faith 02:41 2010
Your Lover 03:10 2010
Baby Lay 03:51 2010
Right Here 03:07 2010
Troubled World 03:53 2010
Party 03:37 2010
Change 03:44 2010
Gone Already 03:53 2010
The Love in Me 03:36 2010
Worth It 03:39 2010
Everyday Struggle 04:31 2010
Real Things 03:02 2010
Goin' Out 04:06 05/2005
Catching Feelings 04:39 05/2005
Ever Wonder 03:38 05/2005
Jealous 03:28 05/2005
Tru Love 03:41 05/2005
Mesmerized 04:10 05/2005
Hope 04:11 05/2005
Stop N Go 04:15 05/2005
Lucky Day 04:07 05/2005
I Don't Need It 03:48 05/2005
Until You Came 04:45 05/2005
Again 03:18 05/2005
Get Over You 03:58 05/2005
Alone in This World 03:53 06/11/2001
Don't Cry 03:37 06/11/2001
Intro 00:52 06/11/2001
Do Your Time 04:20 06/11/2001
Love Song 01:49 06/11/2001
Faithful 02:00 06/11/2001
Can't Believe 05:00 06/11/2001
Back to Love 03:40 06/11/2001
Love Can't Hide 05:04 06/11/2001
Everything 00:49 06/11/2001
Heaven Only Knows 04:15 06/11/2001
I Love You 04:27 06/11/2001
Where We Stand 04:22 06/11/2001
Burnin' Up 03:31 06/11/2001
Ghetto 01:21 06/11/2001
You Gets No Love 04:01 06/11/2001
Brand New Man 04:12 06/11/2001
Love Don't Live Here Anymore 04:15 1995
Don't Be Afraid 04:55 1995
You Are My Joy 01:08 1995
You Don't Understand 05:01 1995
Ain't Nobody 05:13 1995
Give It to Me 04:35 1995
Fallin' in Love 04:33 1995
You Used to Love Me 04:28 1995
No Other Love 04:24 1995
Thank You Lord 00:55 1995
Faith Interlude 00:41 1995
All This Love 06:02 1995
Soon As I Get Home 05:24 1995
Come Over 05:35 1995
No Way 00:00
Anything You Need 00:00
My First Love 00:00
Caramel Kisses 00:00
Tears Away 00:00
Stay 00:00
Sunny Days 00:00
Never Gonna Let You Go 00:00
All Night Long 00:00
Special Place 00:00
Love Like This 00:00
Keep the Faith 00:00
Faith 00:00
Life Will Pass You By 00:00
Santa Baby 03:19
Soulful Christmas 03:06
The Day That Love Began 03:26
Happy Holiday 05:19
This Christmas 03:51
Christmas Song 03:35
Christmas Wish 03:31
Mistletoe and Holly 02:16
Merry Christmas Baby 04:33

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