Five Grammy nominations, three platinum-selling albums, one gold album, a Christmas CD, and NY Times best-selling autobiography later. These are just some of the accolades Faith Evans has achieved in a career spanning more than a decade. The First Lady of R&B/Soul is celebrating the October 5th release of her sixth studio album, Something About Faith.
Released on her own label, the album debuted at #1 last week on Billboard’s Independent Album chart, #4 on the Hip-Hop/R&B charts, and #15 on the Top 200. “I acquired my own imprint Prolific Music Group through Eone Music,” says Faith. “So for my first album as an independent artist to debut like this, it is truly a blessing. This marks my 15-year anniversary as an artist and I’m honored to know that there’s still an appreciation and love for what it is that I contribute to music. My faithful fans patiently waited five years for more material, and the reception has been nothing short of wonderful.”
Something About Faith is a 20-track adventure that is her most feature-heavy project to date, led by the emotionally charged ballad “Gone Already”. The single has remained nestled in the Top 40 on Billboard’s Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, with an increase in airplay and sales for the 9th consecutive week. Fans can expect featured appearances by Snoop Dogg, Estelle, Raekwon, Keyshia Cole, Redman, Kelly Price, Jessica Reedy and Lil Mo and production from Chucky Thompson, Salaam Remi, and Carvin & Ivan amongst others.
While Faith seemed missing from the music scene over the past few years, if her schedule is any indication, she is trying to make up for it. If you missed her performance on The Wendy Williams Show, she will be gracing The Mo’Nique Show penthouse next week so don’t miss it! Later this year she will be featured on upcoming projects from Keyshia Cole, Eric Benet, Shareefa and El DeBarge, starring in the latter’s new video “Lay With You.” While currently on a radio promo run through December, the singer will switch gears on the stage as she begins her theatre tour. Faith will also play the lead in a biopic of The Supremes’ Florence Ballard, which begins shooting in January 2011. In her down time, she will continue to shoot her reality show pilot with celebrity stylist Misa Hylton-Brim called, “The First Ladies”.