NORTH SACRQMENTO – The first contemporary artist of R&B and major part of the emergence of Neo-Soul, singer and songwriter Faith Evans, will perform at the Woodlake Hotel (formerly the Radisson Hotel) on Saturday, June 21.
The show, hosted by Conscious Vibe and SBL Entertainment, starts at 6:30 p.m., and will end at 10:30 p.m. Tickets are $30.00 to 50.00. Soul Singer Martin Luther will open for Ms. Evans.
Faith Evans managed to create out a lengthy recording career of her own, though she will forever remain linked to her late husband, the Notorious B.I.G.
Ms. Evans career continued to rise as a vocalist in the years after BIG’s untimely death. All of her first four studio albums reached the Top 5 of Billboard’s R&B albums chart, and she charted twice as many hits in the Top 10 R&B singles.
Evans was born in Newark, New Jersey on June 10, 1973, where she began singing in church by the age of two. A high school honor student, she sang in her school’s musical productions before winning a full scholarship to Fordham University. After just one year, though, she left college to put her jazz and classical training to use in the field of contemporary R&B.
It didn’t take her long to find work, and over the next few years, she sang backup and wrote songs for artists like Hi-Five, Mary J. Blige, Pebbles, Al B. Sure!, Usher, Tony Thompson, and Christopher Williams. Thanks to her work on Blige’s 1994 sophomore effort, My Life, Evans met producer/impresario Sean “Puffy” Combs, who signed her to his Bad Boy label.
In 1995, Evans released her debut album, Faith, which went platinum on the strength of the hit R&B singles “You Used to Love Me” and “Soon as I Get Home.”
Evans’ second effort, “Keep the Faith,” was released in 1998 and spun off several R&B hits over the next year, including “Love Like This,” “All Night Long,” and “Never Gonna Let You Go.” Evans also worked with, Whitney Houston’s “Heartbreak Hotel” and Eric Benet’s cover of Toto and Cheryl Lynn’s “Georgy Porgy.”
Evans released her third album, Faithfully, a more up-tempo record that received her strongest reviews to date; it also produced hit singles in “You Gets No Love” and “I Love You,” and her duet with Carl Thomas on “Can’t Believe” was nominated for a Grammy.
Martin Luther soul singer with a heavy rock sound. He has toured with The Roots as a member of their ensemble and has shared stages with the likes of Jill Scott and Dave Matthews and The Red Hot Chilli Peppers and many others. He made his cinematic debut as a lead in Julie Taymor’s Beatles tribute film ‘Across the Universe’ and has made cameos and appearances on both the large and small screen.