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Widow of Notorious B.I.G.
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Evans was born in Lakeland, Florida to an Italian-American father and African-American mother, Helene. Her father was a musician who left before Evans was even born. 18 year old Helene returned to Newark, New Jersey and raised Faith with the help of Faith`s Aunt Johnnie Mae. Evans began singing at church at age two, and at age four, she caught the attention of the congregation of the Emmanuel Baptist Church in Newark when she sang "Let the Sunshine In".
"Faith`s healing - Faith Evans, singer, mother and widow of rapper Notorious B.I.G - Cover Story - Interview", Essence (magazine), December 1997. Accessed July 10, 2007. "While attending University High School in Newark, she sang with the chorus and jazz bands and, encouraged by Helene, entered outside pageants, festivals and contests, where her voice would be noticed and praised." "I was raised in a very, very Christian home", Evans told i-D magazine in a 1998 interview. "It was church, school, church, school. I could hardly go to the corner of my block. It was strict".
At 18, she won a scholarship to Fordham University in New York City to major in marketing. After a year, she left to have her first child, a daughter named Chyna, fathered by producer Kiyamma Griffin. Known for hit songs such as the "Your Child" - Remix by Mary J. Blige featuring Ghostface Killah from her double platinum Mary album. She then moved to Los Angeles to pursue her singing career, and did so with her mother`s blessing. "I felt she could always go back to school", Helene Evans told People in 1998. "Because her mind wasn`t going to be there. It was going to be on her music." She was in Los Angeles writing songs and doing backup vocals for Al B. Sure!, Mary J. Blige, and Pebbles when she caught the ear of famed R&B producer Sean Combs, a.k.a. P.Diddy. It was rumored that when he first heard Evans sing, he described her voice as feeling "like rain." He signed her to his Bad Boy label in 1994 as the label`s first female artist.
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Faith Renée Evans
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Faith Renée Evans (born June 10, 1973) is an American singer-songwriter, record producer, 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 contract with Sean "Puff Daddy" Combs' Bad Boy Entertainment recording company in 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 1995 and 2001, including Faith (1995), Keep the Faith (1998) and Faithfully (2001).
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Singer-songwriter, record producer, occasional actress and author
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R&B, soul, hip hop
Bad Boy (1994-2003), Capitol (2004-2007), Prolific/E1 Music (2009-2013), BMG Chrysalis US (2014-present)
Sean Combs, Mary J. Blige, The Notorious B.I.G., Carl Thomas, Anastacia, Sting
Bad Boy, BMG Chrysalis, Capitol, E1 Music, Prolific
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In Current Relationship with Missy Elliott
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According to our records Faith Evans is currently single.
She was married to Todd Russaw from 1998 to 2007 and The Notorious B.I.G. from 1994 to 1997.
She also dated Tupac Shakur in 1995 and Kiyamma Griffin from 1992 to 1993.
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