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Faith Evans

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Newark, New York NJ, United States (1993 – present)

Faith Renée Evans (born June 10, 1973) is an American , record producer, actress and author. Born in Coral Gables, Florida and raised in Newark, New Jersey, Evans moved to Los Angeles in 1993 for a career in music business. After working as a backing vocalist for Al B. Sure, she became the first female artist to be signed to Sean “P. Diddy” Combs’ Bad Boy Records label in 1994, on which she released three platinum-certified studio albums between the years of 1995 and 2001. In 2003, she left the label to sign with Capitol Records.

Next to her recording career, Evans is widely known as the widow of New York rapper Christopher “The Notorious B.I.G.” Wallace, whom she married in 1994 two months after meeting at a photoshoot. The turbulent marriage led to Evans’ involvement in the East Coast-West Coast hip hop feud, dominating the rap scene at the time, and ended with Wallace’s murder in a yet-unsolved drive-by shooting in Los Angeles in March 1997. A 1997 tribute single featuring Puff Daddy and 112, entitled “I’ll Be Missing You,” became Evans’ biggest-selling hit to date and won her a Grammy Award in 1998.

After marrying Todd Russaw and having a third child, named Joshua, Evans released her long-awaited follow-up, Keep the Faith in 1998. Unlike the solemn approach to her first album, this album spoke of optimism, good times, and love. Among its biggest hits include the Chic-sampled track “Love Like This” (#7 US), the P.

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