Faith (Faith Evans album)

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Faith
Studio album by Faith Evans
Released August 29, 1995
Recorded December 1994 – June 1995
Genre R&B, hip hop soul
Length 62:10
Label Bad Boy
Producer Prince Charles Alexander, Sean Combs(Exec.), Mark Ledford, Herb Middleton, Jean-Claude Olivier, Timothy Riley, Chucky Thompson
Faith Evans chronology
Faith
(1995)
Keep the Faith
(1998)
Singles from Faith
  1. "You Used to Love Me"
    Released: July 13, 1995
  2. "Soon As I Get Home"
    Released: September 21, 1995
  3. "Ain't Nobody"
    Released: October 26, 1995
  4. "Come Over"
    Released: November 28, 1995
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[1]
Entertainment Weekly A−[2]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 3/5 stars[3]

Faith is the debut album by American R&B singer Faith Evans, released by Bad Boy Records on August 29, 1995 in the United States. Featuring main production by The Hitmen members Sean "Puff Daddy" Combs and Chucky Thompson, as well as Mark Ledford, Herb Middleton, and Jean-Claude Olivier, among others.

The album, which spawned the gold-certified hits "You Used to Love Me" and "Soon As I Get Home", was certified Platinum by the RIAA in March 1996. Faith contains a cover of the Rose Royce's single "Love Don't Live Here Anymore" featuring Mary J. Blige.

Background[edit]

Newly contracted to Bad Boy Records, Evans was consulted by executive producer Combs to contribute backing vocals and writing skills to Mary J. Blige's My Life (1994) and Usher's self-titled debut album (1994) prior to starting work on her debut record album Faith.[4] Released on August 29, 1995 in North America, the album was a collaboration with Bad Boy's main producers "The Hitmen", including Chucky Thompson and Combs, but it resulted in recordings with Poke & Tone and Herb Middleton. Faith became a success based on the singles "You Used to Love Me" and "Soon as I Get Home". The album was certified Platinum with 1,500,000 copies sold, according to RIAA.[5]

On August 4, 1994, Evans married rapper and label mate The Notorious B.I.G., after having met him at a Bad Boy photoshoot.[6] The couple had one child together, Christopher Wallace, Jr. (born October 29, 1996), but the marriage was turbulent as Wallace reportedly had several affairs during their union, including relationships with fellow rappers Lil' Kim and Charli Baltimore.[7] Additionally, it led to Evans' involvement in the East Coast-West Coast hip hop feud, dominating the rap music news at the time, which ended with Wallace's murder in a yet-unsolved drive-by shooting in Los Angeles, California in March 1997,[8] and made Evans "Rap's most famous widow".[6] During early 1997, after her separation from Wallace, but before his death, Evans was introduced to record company executive Todd Russaw. Faith began dating Russaw during her and Wallace's separation and eventually, after Wallace died, Evans became pregnant by Russaw. The couple had their first son Joshua on June 8, 1998.[6] During the summer of 1998, Evans and Russaw were married, and on March 22, 2007, they had their second son Ryder Evan Russaw.[6] After Biggie's murder during March 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". The song, which featured Combs, Evans, and all-male group 112, became a worldwide number-one success and debuted at #1 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart during 1997, scoring that for eleven weeks. It eventually won Puffy and Evans the 1998 Grammy Award for Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group.[9] The next year, she received another two Grammy nominations for "Heartbreak Hotel", a collaboration with singers Whitney Houston and Kelly Price, that scored number two on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.[10] Prior to Evans meeting and having a relationship with The Notorious B.I.G., she was involved in a relationship with Kiyamma Griffin. She and Griffin had a daughter named Chyna (born April 1, 1993).

Release and reception[edit]

Entertainment Weekly (8/11/95, p. 52) - "...packed with sensual, smoky R&B torch songs and titanium-hard hip-hop beats--Faith seems set to take her place at the top of the mountain of young soul divas..." - Rating: A-

Vibe (9/95, p. 192) - "...possesses a perfect voice. Folks have likened that voice to rain, and it's an appropriate metaphor....can sound as lilting as a summer shower or as electric as a thunderstorm. Her instrument's potential seems boundless....more Whitney than Mary, more classic than nouveau."

The Source (9/95, p. 104) - "...For those closet sentimentalists or those who like to get their slow drag on....when you're working with the man who perfected the remix, there's still a good chance that FAITH will not only be pumping on rainy nights in the crib but also on summer days in the Land Cruisers too..."

Track listing[edit]

# Title Length Featured Artists Songwriters Producer(s)
1 "Faith (Interlude)" 0:41 Faith Evans Chucky Thompson for The Hitmen
2 "No Other Love" 4:24 Faith Evans Sean "Puffy" Combs for The Hitmen & Poke for Trackmasters
3 "Fallin' in Love" 4:33 Faith Evans, Mary J. Blige, Latonya Blige, Gordon Chambers Sean "Puffy" Combs for The Hitmen & Poke for Trackmasters
4 "Ain't Nobody" 5:13 Faith Evans Sean "Puffy" Combs & Chucky Thompson for The Hitmen
5 "You Are My Joy (Interlude)" 1:08 Faith Evans Chucky Thompson for The Hitmen
6 "Love Don't Live Here Anymore" 4:15 Mary J. Blige Miles Gregory Sean "Puffy" Combs for The Hitmen
7 "Come Over" 5:35 Faith Evans, Floyd Howard Sean "Puffy" Combs & Chucky Thompson for The Hitmen
8 "Soon As I Get Home" 5:24 Faith Evans, Sean "Puffy" Combs Sean "Puffy" Combs & Chucky Thompson for The Hitmen
9 "All This Love" 6:02 Faith Evans Sean "Puffy" Combs & Chucky Thompson for The Hitmen
10 "Thank You Lord (Interlude)" 0:55 Faith Evans Faith Evans
11 "You Used to Love Me" 4:28 Faith Evans Sean "Puffy" Combs & Chucky Thompson for The Hitmen
12 "Give It to Me" 4:35 Faith Evans Sean "Puffy" Combs & Chucky Thompson for The Hitmen
13 "You Don't Understand" 5:01 Faith Evans Sean "Puffy" Combs & Chucky Thompson for The Hitmen
14 "Don't Be Afraid" 4:55 Faith Evans, Latrice Shaw Herb Middleton
15 "Reasons" (Bonus Track) 5:01 Faith Evans Sean "Puffy" Combs & Chucky Thompson for The Hitmen

Samples[edit]

Credits[edit]

Charles "Prince Charles" Alexander Mixing, Producer

Victor Bailey

Bob Brockman Engineer

Regina Carter

Sean "Puffy" Combs- Producer, Executive Producer

Lane Craven Engineer

Akua Dixon

Faith Evans Vocals, Vocals (Background)

Caroline Greyshock Photography

Jeff Haynes

Judith Insell

Kevin Johnson

Daron Jones Keyboards, Vocals

Mark Ledford Producer

Paul Logus Engineer

Gerardo Lopez Engineer

Tony Maserati Engineer, Mixing

Darryl McClary Keyboards

Fred McFarlane

Herb Middleton Keyboards

Nasheim Myrick Engineer

Axel Niehaus Engineer, Mixing

Quinnes Parker Vocals (Background)

Paul Pesco

Harve Pierre A&R

Bruce Purse Trumpet

John Shriver Engineer, Second Engineer

Tony Smalios Engineer

Lisa Terry

Kevin Thomas Engineer

Chucky Thompson Producer

Richard Travali Engineer, Mixing

Klya Wright Hair Stylist

Charts[edit]

Chart (1995) Provider Peak
position
U.S. Billboard 200 Billboard 22
U.S. Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums 2

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ Entertainment Weekly review
  3. ^ Rolling Stone Album Guide
  4. ^ "Full Biography". Allmusic. MTV. 2006-11-16. Retrieved 2009-03-20. 
  5. ^ Smaldino, Denise (2008-04-30). "Sean Combs earns platinum, gold". Variety. Retrieved 2009-03-20. 
  6. ^ a b c d Chappell, Kevin (1999-04-01). "After Biggie: Evans Has A New Love, A NEW Baby, A New Career". Ebony. FindArticles.com. Retrieved 2009-03-14. 
  7. ^ "Charlie Baltimore Says Lil Kim Is 'Delusional' For Believing She Was Biggie's Girlfriend". SixShot.com. 2009-12-01. Retrieved 2010-01-23. 
  8. ^ Waldron, Clarence (1999-11-15). "Faith Evans Tells How She Balances Motherhood and Music". Jet Magazine. Retrieved 2009-03-15. 
  9. ^ Wood, Gaby (2005-07-10). "Rap's first lady". The Guardian. Retrieved 2009-03-14. 
  10. ^ Waldron, Clarence (1999-11-15). "Faith Evans Tells How She Balances Motherhood And Music". Jet. FindArticles.com. Retrieved 2010-01-25. 

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