We can’t just do a headcount of the most iconic Grammy Award winners of our time without including Faith Evans, who is recognized as one of the best singers in the R&B genre. The multi-talented entertainer discovered her love for singing at the tender age of two. Her powerful, honeyed soprano voice has distinguished her as versatile in several genres of music like hip-hop, R&B, and soul.
Apart from singing, she is known to be a talented songwriter, a competent record producer, and a skilled actress. Faith Evans has also made a foray into the world of reality television shows by appearing in noteworthy cameos on Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta. As a teenager, she was an actress, performing in plays.
In 2000, she appeared in director Robert Adetuyi’s music drama, Turn It Up, alongside some big names in the entertainment industry such as Ja Rule, Pras (of The Fugees) and Jason Statham.
Faith is also a talented writer. Her book, Keep the Faith: A Memoir, which was released on the 29th of August 2008 scooped an African American Literary Award for the Best Biography/Memoir category. The memoir was written in collaboration with Aliya S. King and it details account of Faith’s tumultuous life and especially, her years with her first ex-husband Biggie Smalls popularly known by fans as the Notorious BIG.
Bio & Age
Faith Renée Evans was born in Lakeland, Florida on the 10th of June 1973. Her mother, Helen Evans, was an African-American singer while her dad Richard Swain was a caucasian musician. Unfortunately, he left Faith and her mum when she was very little and consequently, she never met him.
Faith spent her formative years with foster parents Orvelt Kennedy and his wife Johnnie Mae, who also happened to be her mother’s cousins. Faith’s mother was 19 years old when she had to go back to Newark, New Jersey and opted to leave her daughter in a foster home that comprised of over 100 kids. When Helen finally came back for her daughter, the singer had already become emotionally attached to Orvelt and Johnnie that she actually saw them as grandparents. The budding star refused to leave her comfort zone and consequently, her mother had to move in next door.
Growing up in a Christian environment brought the rising star closer to the church. At two years old, she performed for the first time in front of her church congregation. By the time she turned four, she was already popular among the parishioners of Emmanuel Baptist Church which was located in Newark.
During her teenage years, she began performing with a jazz band and her mother encouraged her to participate in several contests, festivals, and pageants. Faith was to study marketing at Fordham University New York but dropped out after one year because of an unplanned pregnancy. She spent some time working as a backup singer for Al B. Sure!, in Los Angeles where she had moved to in 1993. As luck would have it, Sean “Puff Daddy” Combs of the Bad Boy Entertainment record label was impressed with her talent and he decided to sign her on as the first female artist of his record label.
In 2010, after a five-year break, the rising star launched her very own record label, the Prolific Music Group. With the help of some top talents like Raekwon, Keyshia Cole, Snoop Dogg and Redman, Faith Evans built her record label to its present glory.
Faith Evans: Husband, Relationship with Biggie Smalls, Kids
The first lady of the Bad Boy Entertainment record label has been married twice in her life. Her first marriage was to the late rapper Biggie Smalls, more commonly known as The Notorious B.I.G. The couple met at Bad Boy photo shoot and after eight days of courtship, they tied the knot on the 4th of August 1994. On the 29th of October 1996, their marriage was blessed with a son named Christopher Jordan Wallace. As a result of B.I.G’s infidelity, their marriage hit the rocks and they separated after a few years. Soon after, the rapper was shot dead as a result of the East Coast-West Coast hip hop rivalry in rap music at the time.
At the time of his death, she was already dating Todd Russaw after her separation from Biggie. Todd worked as a record company executive. Faith later conceived for Russaw and their first son, Joshua, was born on the 8th of June 1998. The couple became married the same year and had their second son, Ryder Evan Russaw, on the 22nd of March 2007 but unfortunately, the two got divorced in 2011.
It is worthy to note that before Faith met Russaw, she had a daughter – Chyna – as a result of her relationship with music producer Kiyamma Griffin.
The singer’s net worth has been estimated at $3 million. This is as a result of her many years of hard work in the industry. It is expected that the singer ought to have a net worth that is more that the aforementioned but she has taken several breaks from the music industry over the years, affecting her income.