AKA Faith Reneé Evans
Birthplace: Lakeland, FL
Race or Ethnicity: Multiracial
Sexual orientation: Straight
Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Notorious B.I.G.'s widow
Raised in New Jersey by her mother and grandparents, Faith Evans began to develop her vocal talents in the church choir at the age of two, later moving on to roles in musicals during her high school years. After graduation, a brief postponement of her ambitions to become a professional singer was made to pursue a scholarship at Fordham University, but within a year she would fully commit herself to a career in the music industry.
Evans initially established herself as a songwriter and background singer, penning tracks for Mary J. Blige and adding her voice to recordings by Color Me Badd and Pebbles. Her work eventually attracted the interest of Sean Puff Daddy Combs, who made her the first female signing to his Bad Boy label and produce her 1995 eponymous debut; the album reached #2 on the R&B charts and featured three popular singles, including the duet with her friend Blige, Love Don't Live Here Anymore. That same year she married fellow Bad Boy recording artist Christopher "Notorious B.I.G." Wallace a mere nine days after being introduced at publicity shoot. She would subsequently appear on his platinum single One More Chance.
In 1997 Wallace was assassinated in the absurd culmination of feud between East and West Coast hip-hop camps; soon after, Combs would release the tribute song I'll Be Missing You, featuring vocal contributions from Evans. The next record of her own, Keeping the Faith, did not surface until 1998 and met with somewhat diminshed success from that of her debut, although the single Love Like This and her contributions to Whitney Houston's Heartbreak Hotel album would both earn her Grammy nominations.
In the early 2000s Evans founded her own production company, Pedigree MGI, with second husband/manager Todd Russaw and released a third album, Faithfully. The album earned Evans another two Grammy nominations and restored some forward momentum to her career. Several ventures into acting were also made during this time, including a role in The Fighting Temptations (2003).
Daughter: Chyna (b. 1993)
Husband: Notorious B.I.G. ("Christopher Wallace", rapper, m. 1994, d. 1997)
Son: Christopher Wallace, Jr. (b. 1996)
Husband: Todd Russaw (m. 1998)
Son: Joshua (b. 1998)
University: Fordham University
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Drug Possession: Marijuana Hapeville, GA (28-Jan-2004) charges dropped
Drug Possession: Cocaine Hapeville, GA (28-Jan-2004) charges dropped
Driving While Intoxicated Los Angeles, CA (21-Aug-2010) pled no contest; received probation
Italian Ancestry Paternal
Risk Factors: Marijuana, Cocaine
FILMOGRAPHY AS ACTOR
The Fighting Temptations (17-Sep-2003) · Maryann Hill
Turn It Up (6-Sep-2000)
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