Ask Faith Evans how she's come this far and
she'll simply answer, "Faith. Faith has given me the strength to
get to where I am now. It's allowed me to become the strong woman I
am. I have Faith in God. I have faith in my abilities. I am what I am.
I am Faith."
As anyone touched by the presence of things truly
powerful and divine can testify, acts of faith are meant to be experienced.
Faith delivers riffs with a power and effortlessness
that will make you feel every bit of her joy and know every bit of her
pain. Faith's superior vocals are designed to elicit unconditioned
emotional surrender. She's about to take you there, whether you're
trying to go or not.
She does this because she knows no other way.
"I'm really an inner spirit that only makes itself known through
the music," Faith confesses. "A lot of people think I'm an
introvert, or quiet and moody. I've even heard some people say there's
a certain mystery or darkness about me. I'm not that way, I'm just
really into what I do. My mind is so musically inclined that I
couldn't completely express myself if I wasn't a singer and a
songwriter. I keep everything in my mind and heart until I lay the
tracks. Everything I feel comes out in my music."
When it comes to life experiences, Faith's racked up
more in her young life than people who are more than twice her age. A
lot has happened since she was a little girl in Newark, New Jersey. By
the tender age of four, Faith figures out she could blow from the
tears her gospel renditions evoked from her church's congregation.
Even as a high school honor student who went on to
earn a full academic scholarship to Fordham University, Faith Evans
knew she was born to sing. She left Fordham after a year and ended up
doing background vocals and writing songs for the likes of
J. Blige, Pebbles and
Christopher Williams. Later, she met a man named
Puff Daddy who could say only that her voice reminded him of rain – the fury of a storm, the baptism of showers and the serenity of mist
all wrapped up in one.
As the First Lady of Bad Boy, she released her first
album "Faith." Somewhere in the midst of all of this she
kicked it on the phone with a rapper named The Notorious B.I.G., fell
in love and got married two weeks later. However, tragedy struck soon
after – giving way to her unwanted rise as hip-hop's most memorable
The multi-Platinum single, "I'll Be Missing
You" (a moving tribute to her late husband The Notorious B.I.G.)
was Faith's singular public comment on her husband's brutal murder,
simultaneously conveying the sorrow of death and the hopeful promise
of rebirth. Faith's voice lifted her man above the din of the tabloid
speculations and hand-delivered him into the arms of his maker with
love. It also created a world-wide anthem for mourners grieving the
loss of their loved ones.
Although B.I.G.'s death changed Faith's life
forever, she wants her fans to know that she is doing her best to move
on. "It had an incredible impact on my life, I had to raise our
son without his father's input. I just had our baby three months
before. And for at least 6 months after that I was just blank. Just
like any other human being, I went through an extremely painful stage.
I hurt. I cried. I thought it was going to be a very long haul with a
heavy block on my shoulders."
"But, thank God, I was able to free my self
from all of the bad aspects and look at it as another life experience.
I mean, I'll never forget about B.I.G. We had good times. We had bad
times. He'll always be a fond memory. But I can't change the fact that
he'll never be here so I'm just trying to move on. Take care of my
children. Be a wonderful mother, a wonderful artist, further my career
and expand it into other things."
Since "I'll Be Missing You," Faith has
written for Tevin Campbell, performed a duet with Ray
Charles and co-written and produced songs for L.S.G. and
Not surprisingly the most significant song for Faith
is "Keep the Faith," from the album "Keep
The Faith." "It's the most emotional for me because talks about
being free of spirit, being happy and in touch with yourself. I know
now that I don't have to fight anymore. I don't have to cry anymore. I
don't have to feel like I'm bound, because I'm not. I know now that I
can hold on to peace and let God light my battles. All I have to do is
"Keep the Faith."
"I want my fans to know that right now, in my
life, I'm very happy. I appreciate all the love they gave when B.I.G.
died and after; but now the best way for them to support me is to just
be happy with me. Because, if they've ever been happy then they know
it's a wonderful feeling. I just want them to know that I'm trying to
seize the moment, hold on to the feeling and keep it that way."
Hit songs include --
- Gone Already
- Never Gonna Let You Go
- Soon As I Get Home
- I Love You
- Love Like This
- All Night Long
- You Used To Love Me
- You Gets No Love
- Ain't Nobody
- Can't Believe
- Burnin' Up
- Tru Love
- Alone In This World
- Lonely I
Faith Evans may be available for your next special event!
.Urban. / xUrban
.Hip-Hop. / HipHop
.Soul. / xSoul
.Hip-Hop Soul. / HipHopSoul
.Contemporary R&B. / ContemporaryR&B
.Adult Contemporary R&B. / AdultContemporaryR&B
.Pop. / xPop
x90s, x00s, x10s
Born: ..in Florida / born nFlorida
..in Lakeland / born LakelandFL
Jun 10, 1973
Raised: ..in New Jersey / nNewJersey
..in Newark /
Based: ..in US
Based: ..in California / based nCalifornia
..in Los Angeles /
Italian-American Musical Artists, ItalianAmerican