Today, June 10th, Faith Evans turns forty-four.
We all know the legendary Faith Evans as a multi-platinum Grammy Award winning songstress. Evans signed to Sean Combs’ Bad Boy label in 1994 and she has been leaving her mark on the Music Industry ever since. Though, she was born in Florida, she first sang publicly growing up in New Jersey at only three years old. According to Biography, she sang, “Let The Sunshine In”, at her church home at the time, Emanuel Baptist Church. She went on to write songs for the likes of Usher, Mary J. Blige, Al B. Sure!, Hi-Five and others. It was when she was working on Mary J. Blige’s My Life album that she met Combs and the rest is history.
Last month, on May 18th, Rolling Stone shared some details on the inspiration behind Faith Evans’ latest release. It is an LP titled, The King & I, featuring duets from her and the late lyricist, Biggie Smalls. The compilation also presents features from Artists, such as Jadakiss.
“I actually used a couple of B.I.G.’s reference demos on, The King & I,one that he wrote for Lil Kim and one that he wrote on a Junior M.A.F.I.A. album…” – Faith Evans via Rolling Stone
Evans stated she was especially inspired to release the posthumous project by the great Natalie Cole’s 1992 Grammy’s performance.
Furthermore, the relationship between Evans and the Notorious B.I.G. resulted in the birth of their son, Christopher Jordan Wallace. According to NY Daily News, CJ will also be releasing his own music. On May 30th, the site shared that Wallace would be breaking into music this summer releasing music as a collaborative effort with his half brother. First, he appeared in Notorious as a youthful version of his father, Biggie Smalls, though.
“At a young age I always knew I wanted to do music, it was inevitable… My family always had my back, whatever I’ve wanted to do they’ve supported. They were always giving me advice on what to do and how to go about things.” – Christopher Jordan Wallace via Evening Standard
I’m planning to listen to all my favorite Faith Evans’ jams- like “I Love You”, “Soon As I Get Home” and “Love Like This” today. How will you celebrate the legacy of the renowned vocalist?