Faith Renée Evans is a multi-platinum Grammy Award winning recording artist, songwriter, arranger and record producer, who was born on June 10, 1973 in Florida USA and raised in New Jersey, USA. She is also the widow of The Notorious B.I.G. (Christopher Wallace), having married him on August 4, 1994.
Faith is also a New York Times best-selling author, an entrepreneur, a TV executive producer and most importantly — a mother. With so many hats to be worn, it is undeniable that Faith has a little something for everyone. Through what has been an equally rewarding and trying career, ask her how she’s come this far and she’ll simply reply, “FAITH.”
With a music career spanning over two decades, Faith has released eight studio albums, with over 18 million albums sold and spawning over 30 singles. Faith has also performed on 20+ soundtracks and a host of guest appearances during her career. Faith Evans is a seven-time Grammy nominee; winning “Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group” in 1998 for “I’ll Be Missing You,” an homage to her late husband and hip-hop legend Notorious B.I.G.
Faith has three Platinum-certified albums under her belt, including: “Faith” (1995), “Keep The Faith” (1998) and “Faithfully” (2001); the Gold-certified “The First Lady” (2005), and the holiday staple, “A Faithful Christmas” (2005). In 2008, Faith penned her New York Times Best Selling Book, “Keep the Faith: A Memoir” with Aliya King, which won the 2009 African American Literary Award in the “Best Biography/Memoir” category. The memoir is currently available in hardback, paperback and in e-book format at most major retailers. In 2010, Faith released her first independent album through her music imprint Prolific Music Group and E1 Music, titled “Something About Faith”. The lead single “Gone Already” was nominated for “Best Female R&B Vocal Performance” for the 2011 Grammy Awards. In August 2012, Faith co-created, executive produced and starred in an original reality series, “R&B Divas”, which became cable network TV One’s most watched original premiere in the history of the network and later released a compilation album of the same name. The “R&B Divas” album earned Faith her seventh Grammy nomination for “Best R&B Album” for the 2014 Grammy Awards.
In November 2014, Faith released her eighth studio album, “Incomparable”, on Prolific Music Group, with distribution through BMG Chrysalis. “Incomparable” reached number 17 on Billboard’s Independent Albums chart and number 27 on Billboard’s Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. “Incomparable” includes the lead single “I Deserve It” featuring Missy Elliott and Sharaya J and the follow up second single “Make Love”, featuring Keke Wyatt, is currently climbing up the Urban AC radio airplay charts. The album also includes guest features from Problem, B. Slade & Karen Clark-Sheard and production by Mike City, Chucky Thompson, MyGuyMars and Brian Morgan.
In 2016, Faith was one of the featured performers on the acclaimed “Bad Boy Family Reunion Tour,” playing to thousands of fans in 19 cities and two countries.
In 2017, Faith released “The King & I“, her long-awaiting duets album with The Notorious B.I.G. on Prolific Music Group & Rhino Records. The first two singles, “NYC” featuring Jadakiss and “When We Party” featuring Snoop Dogg, premiered on February 3. The King & I also includes guest appearances by Busta Rhymes, Jadakiss, Lil’ Cease, Lil’ Kim, Sheek Louch, and Styles P and production by DJ Premier, Just Blaze, Salaam Remi, Stevie J, and Chucky Thompson.
“I remember telling Ms. Wallace years ago that one day it would be really dope if I could do something similar to Natalie & Nat King Cole’s Unforgettable,” says Evans. “Knowing the love that B.I.G. had for Tyanna & Ceejay, I feel it’s my duty to uphold & extend his legacy, especially his musical contributions. This project is my creative reflection of the love we had & the bond we will always have. I’m elated to share this musical journey with our fans!”
List of Career Award Accomplishments
2002: Best Female R&B Artist (nominated)
2016: Best Traditional R&B Performance: “He Is” (nominated)
2014: Best R&B Album: “R&B Divas” (nominated)
2011: Best Female R&B Vocal Performance: “Gone Already” (nominated)
2003: Best Contemporary R&B Album: Faithfully (nominated)
2001: Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group: “Can’t Believe” w/ Carl Thomas (nominated)
2000: Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group: “Heartbreak Hotel” w/ Whitney Houston & Kelly Price (nominated)
1999: Best Female R&B Vocal Performance: “Love Like This” (nominated)
1998: Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group: “I’ll Be Missing You” w/ Diddy (won)
Lady of Soul Awards
2000: Outstanding Music Video: “Love Is Blind” (by Eve ft. Faith Evans) (nominated)
1996: Best Female R&B/Soul Album: Faith (won)
1996: Best R&B/Soul or Rap New Artist: “You Used to Love Me” (won)
MTV Video Music Awards
2000: Best Rap Video: “Love Is Blind” (by Eve ft. Faith Evans) (nominated)
1999: Best R&B Video: “Heartbreak Hotel” (nominated)
1997: Best R&B Video: “I’ll Be Missing You” (won)
1997: Viewer’s Choice: “I’ll Be Missing You” (nominated)
Soul Train Awards
2006: Best Female R&B/Soul Album: The First Lady (nominated)
1998: Outstanding Music Video: “I’ll Be Missing You” (won)
2015: Legend Award
African American Literary Awards
2009: Best Biography/Memoir