Many who know Naturi Naughton first knew her as a singer and member of the RnB group 3LW. Asides this fact, Naturi is also a talented actress mostly known for her roles in the popular musical drama film, Fame, as well as Notorious where she played the character of Lil Kim. She is also known for her role in The Playboy Club, drama series, The Client List and many other productions. She is equally a songwriter.
Naturi Naughton – Background Info
She was born Naturi Cora Maria Naughton on May 20, 1984, in East Orange, New Jersey, to her parents Brenda and Ezra Naughton. Her father worked as an accountant and her mother is a part-time paralegal. Deviating entirely from the paths of her parents, Naturi who was always passionate about music took that path.
She joined her church choir at the age of five and started to show her capabilities at such a young age. For her high school, Naughton attended St Joseph’s Catholic School as well as Immaculate Conception High School in New Jersey. Afterwards, she proceeded to Seton Hall University for her tertiary education.
Naturi Naughton became a member of 3LW in 1999, joining Adrienne Bailon and Kiely Williams. The group released their first single, No More Baby I’ma Do Right the following year and started to gain grounds. Their first album 3LW came in December 2000 and made massive sales, as well as took the group to various tours.
In 2002 Naturi left 3LW, causing Williams and Bailon to form a duo despite being cut off by parent Epic Records. The two were later joined by Jessica Benson, a replacement for Naturi. However, the group soon went their separate ways.
Naughton went solo afterwards and continued to pursue her career. She made her solo debut with five tracks which she recorded for the soundtrack of the musical drama, Fame. Shortly after the release of the movie, Naughton saw her cover for the movie conspicuously appear on charts like UK Singles Chart, Top 20 Finland, and others.
While exploring the music world, Naturi Naughton also did a lot of acting. She starred in the Broadway musical, Hairspray and played the role of rap artist Lil Kim in Notorious, based on the story of the late Notorious B.I.G. The singer and actress did not only record tracks for Fame but also starred in the movie as an aspiring singer, Denise. She appeared in the comedy The Lottery Ticket, a Warner Bros Pictures production. She then starred in the series, The Playboy Club as Brenda, a Playmate or Playboy Bunny. However, after a series of low ratings, the series was cancelled.
She joined the cast of The Client List in December 2011. In September 2012, she starred in the BET film Let The Church Say Amen, an adaptation of ReShonda Tate Billingsley’s novel of the same name. She plays the role of Tasha St Patrick in the drama series, Power. For her role in the series, she bagged an award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series at the NAACP Image Awards.
Her Net Worth
After what seemed like a hiatus, Naturi Naughton made a comeback with her remarkable role on the drama series Power. Sources have estimated her net worth to be about $800,000 but this has not been ascertained, given her private nature.
It has been long speculated that the singer and actress is set to release an album. Although she has given a nod to the possibility, Naughton is yet to release an album.
Personal Life – Marriage, Husband, Boyfriend
There have been speculations concerning the personal life of the actress. This is especially with reports that she had a baby in 2017. Indeed, Naturi Naughton had a baby girl named Zuri in July 2017 and she is not married to anyone.
Naturi was in a relationship with actor Jamal Woolard. After three years of being together, their relationship came to an end. She also dated singer Boog for a couple of years. For those who do not know, the Power star is in a relationship with her longtime boyfriend Benjamin fondly called Ben. Ben is also the father of her daughter Zuri.
Body Measurements – Height and Weight
With a height of 5ft 0in which is approximately 1.52m, Naturi cannot pass for a tall actress. She weighs 51 kg which of course is quite proportional to her height.