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Keep the Faith: A Memoir Hardcover – August 29, 2008

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About the Author

Faith Evans is a musical icon in her own right, dropping hit records such as Faith (1995), Keep the Faith (1998), Faithfully (2001), and The First Lady (2005).

Born and raised in Newark, New Jersey, Faith Evans started her music career as a songwriter for artists like Hi-Five, Mary J. Blige, Pebbles, Al B. Sure, Usher, Tony Thompson, and Christopher Williams. Faith released four albums, all certified gold or platinum. She has also collaborated with many music industry legends, including Whitney Houston, Babyface, and Sting. In addition to a Grammy Award, Faith has received a Soul Train Music Award, two Lady of Soul Awards, and two MTV Video Music Awards. Faith also made an appearance in The Fighting Temptations, costarring Beyoncé Knowles and Oscar winner Cuba Gooding Jr.

Faith lives in California with her husband and four children.


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing (August 29, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446199508
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446199506
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1.1 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (226 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #787,194 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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47 of 52 people found the following review helpful By Shanea on August 20, 2008
Format: Hardcover
During the blazing mid-90s when R&B was still laser hot and Puffy Daddy was defining the voice of a generation, way before all the fabricated madness of reality TV shows, there was a voice constantly getting either lost in the shuffle or being completely misunderstood. I remember when Faith came on the scene. I remember all the drama surrounding her since the beginning of her public career. She was tagged as Biggie's wife in the One More Chance remix video and of course, everyone and their mama had something to say about that. Rumors about how she married him in 9 days and for money, etc etc. But I always saw something else: TALENT. Yeah, Mary J. is the Queen of Hip Hop Soul and rightly so. But the same way I feel Gladys Knight will always be in the shadow of Aretha's Queen of Soul, is how I feel about Faith Evans. When Faith dropped "Used to Love You" I remember people loving the song but also saying she "trying" to be like Mary. Which I always knew couldn't be further from the truth. I purchased the classic, underrated, and beautiful first album and knew that Faith has had something special. Something uniquely her own. As the media drama continued after the death of Tupac and then Biggie, I always wondered what Faith's story was. I always wanted to know how a church girl from New Jersey who ended writing songs in the beginning of her career for Usher and Mary J. ended up marrying Biggie Smalls, being the First Lady of Bad Boy, and survive the constant criticisms and fickleness of the industry to be an R&B legend in her own right. Well if you're wondering this too, this is definitely the book for you. Faith takes us on her journey and it's a strange, beautiful, sometimes cruel and painful voyage. I love Faith's honesty. She admits her flaws and her own endless mistakes.Read more ›
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Marie Antionette on January 22, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Keep the Faith by Faith Evans, Bad Boy's First Lady and R&B Icon was an
entertaining read to say the least. As I read about her younger days
growing up in Newark, her different love affairs and the fact of her never
knowing her father, it was became clear that Faith's early years were no different then any other young woman growing up in an urban environment during that period of time. Faith states she knew she was going to be a
singing sensation as early as the age of 4 years old. As she continued to practice her love for signing, she began to branch out and sing with different gospel choirs, then she started doing impromptu auditions for industry legends like Teddy Riley, Al B Sure and of course the one and only Sean Combs (always suspect in my book.)Because this is her biography, one can't judge her intentions, only she knows what they were. Yet because of her passion, I find it hard to believe she had no expectations (as she states) from those she was performing "favors" for. I believe she knew and prayed that her presence among these influential individuals would eventually pay off and aide her in achieving her goal as a signed singer on a label.

Faith also admits she was a bit impulsive and acted too quickly at times,
when she should have sat back and thought things through thoroughly. After dealing with JT, (the STD) then the married guy, the producer and the abrupt move to LA with her daughter's father; one would have thought she would have taken things a bit slower once she met The Notorious BIG. Having dealt with similar situations, I can relate to how the desire to be Biggies ride or die chick was so appealing and how it was so easy for her to throw caution to the wind.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By acedd08 on September 8, 2008
Format: Hardcover
This is an amazing book! I couldn't put it down. Faith honestly tells her story and easily captures your attention. Even more importantly, her sense of responsibility is refreshing. Not blaming and finger pointing like some biographies. Life happens and she deals, point blank. Faith, I wish you much success with the sale of this book. Keep em' coming, us "ride or die" chicks need good literature too!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By R. Blanton on September 1, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Wow, is all I can say. In just over 24 hours I read this entire book. I kept putting it down to savor it, but I just kept picking it rigth back up. I have been an avid fan of Faith since 1995 and am a die hard supporter of her to this day. I thought I knew everything there was to know about the First Lady, but after I read this book, I realized there was so much more. Her honesty and rawness will really make you appreciate all the struggles she went through. I dont know what the dude who rates her 2 stars was talking about, Faith by no means has painted herself to be innocent about anything. In fact she paints a picture of a young girl distraught and without the proper guidance and a lot of young ladies today should be able to read, relate and draw inspiration from this book. It's a must read for anyone who's ever loved Faith Renee Evans!
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13 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A. Carter on August 18, 2008
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This is one of the best reads of the summer! Hopefully all the rumors can finally be put to rest! Everything is addressed; MJB, Missy, Puffy, BIGGIE, Tupac, and Lil Kim. The stories are vivid in detail and will make you laugh out loud. Faith delivers many-o-BEAT DOWNS... "WHAT'S GOOD N----, WHAT'S REALLY GOOD?!" Some of the infamous Who's Who of HIP-HOP is also in this book from Jacob-the-Jeweler to Reggie "REDMAN" Noble... Faith actually dated this dude in High School! The book recounts many naive decisions by Faith both professional and personal. Talent often goes unrewarded if you don't know your business and as a young 20 something, Faith seemingly gets taken for bad repeatedly. It's almost like reading Will Smith's 'The Pursuit of Happiness', you just keep waiting for something good to happen. Folks/friends seemingly walk in and out of Faith's life without explanation, while her main focus is BIGGIE. You get a sense Faith was not aware of anything outside of the dude she was with. It becomes apparent that personal life took precedence over a singing career.

But without a doubt Faith is one of the GREAT VOICES to come along in a long time... Hopefully, now that all the baby making is done, we fans can finally get that FUNK-PIMPED OUT album that we've been waiting for.... or at least a duets CD with MJB!

-"Tupac Shakur" by Vibe Magazine
-"Unbelievable: The Life, Death, and Afterlife of the Notorious B.I.G" by Vibe Magazine

All three books corroborate and paint a decent picture of these people, those events, and that MONUMENTAL moment in music history!

Sing for me Faye!
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