Her autobiography Keep the Faith: A Memoir was released by Grand Central Publishing in 2008 and won a 2009 African American Literary Award for the Best Biography/Memoir category.A half-year later, 19-year-old Helene returned to Newark, New Jersey and left Faith with her cousin Johnnie Mae and husband Orvelt Kennedy, the foster parents of more than 100 children they raised during the time that Faith lived with them.Faith, however, was afraid to leave what she had "been used to," and instead, Helene relocated next door.
At age four, she caught the attention of the congregation of the Emmanuel Baptist Church in Newark when she sang The 5th Dimension's song "Let the Sunshine In".
While attending University High School in Newark, she sang with several jazz bands and, encouraged by Helene, entered outside pageants, festivals and contests, where her voice would be noticed and praised.
The couple had their first son Joshua on June 8, 1998.
After Biggie's murder on March 9, 1997, Combs helped Evans produce her tribute song named "I'll Be Missing You", based on the melody of The Police's 1983 single "Every Breath You Take".
Blige and Carl Thomas and released three platinum-certified studio albums between 19, including Faith (1995), Keep the Faith (1998) and Faithfully (2001).
Her first album released on the label, The First Lady (2005) became her highest-charting album at the time, reaching the top of the US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums charts, while the holiday album A Faithful Christmas, released the same year, would become her last release before the company was bought in 2007.
The turbulent marriage resulted in Evans' involvement in the East Coast–West Coast hip hop rivalry, dominating the rap music news at the time, and ended with Wallace's murder in an unsolved drive-by shooting in Los Angeles on March 9, 1997.
Also an actress and writer, Evans made her screen debut in the 2000 musical drama Turn It Up by Robert Adetuyi.
Blige's My Life (1994) and Usher's self-titled debut album (1994) prior to starting work on her debut studio album Faith.
Released on August 29, 1995, in North America, the album was a main collaboration with Bad Boy's main producers, The Hitmen, including Chucky Thompson and Combs, but it also resulted in recordings with Poke & Tone and Herb Middleton.
Faith Renée Evans (born June 10, 1973) is an American singer-songwriter, record producer, and actress.