The First Lady Returns Home: An Interview With Faith Evans

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Jersey girl and seasoned songstress Faith Evans is headed home this weekend. That’s right, she is slated to do a one-time stint here at Showboat AC‘s House Of Blues along with her buddies of 112, all back together again. “Peaches & Cream,” anyone?

Faith Evans

Always, Faith.

We’re hoping we may even get a little “I’ll Be Missing You” action out of the night. The stars definitely seem to be aligned properly. Tell us you don’t know this song word for word.

 

We caught up with The First Lady upon her arrival back to the dirty Jerze. See what cool projects she has coming up on the tube and more, below.

 

TAC: We’ve missed you! What have you been up to since the release of your last album in 2010?

Faith Evans: I’ve been recording and I’m in Atlanta working on a reality show that’s actually going to air in August on TV One called R&B Divas. I’ve been recording since I’ve been here as well, but mainly working on the show and a couple other TV projects.

TAC: Can you tell us a little more about R&B Divas?

Faith Evans: It is a project that is co-produced by myself and my friend Nicci Gilbert who was the lead singer of the group Brownstone. The other cast members are Keke Wyatt, Syleena Johnson and Monifah; R&B Divas.

TAC: You just celebrated your birthday on June 10th. Happy Birthday! What did you do for the big day?

Faith Evans: I was actually traveling back to Atlanta from home in LA. It was my son’s birthday and I didn’t get to spend the day with him since we share the same birthday, but I got here, and my friends had planned a little surprise get together for me, so it was really cute. I was pleasantly surprised.

TAC: We are so excited to have you at HOB on June 23rdfor your one-time event. What are some of your best memories of growing up in Jersey?

Faith Evans: Oh wow, so many. It’s funny because every time I come back home, I end up staying longer than I was supposed to. I just never have enough time to see all my friends and family. I think one of my fondest memories now that amazes me is how far we used to ride our bicycles back in the day when we were between the ages of 10 and 13. We would ride from North of Roselle down the bus route. I wouldn’t even be able to do that now. It was different all the video games and those things, we had them, but we would go outside and play and be back before the street lights came on.

TAC: What can fans expect from your show on June 23rd at House Of Blues?

Faith Evans:  I always have a good time on stage and being back home, the crowd is always really receptive. My DJ and my background singers, we’re going to have a good time. I’m going to do a little bit of old stuff and a little bit of new. I have a whole lot of records. Obviously I’m not doing a 2-hour concert, so I won’t be able to do all of my songs, but I carefully selected the right ones and I think everyone will be happy.

TAC: Do you miss being on tour?

Faith Evans: No, I really don’t. It’s been killing me being here doing this show when my family is in LA. Just because I’ve got to keep the household running with the bills and make sure the mail is looked through. I miss the regular schedule of it all, being able to work out in the morning and knowing what I got to do every day, but as far as being away from my family, that’s always the downside of any potential work. A lot of work requires us to be away from home, so I take it in spurts. You probably wonder why I’m not always out on the scene, but I got to balance it out.

TAC: 112 is also performing. You obviously know these guys very well as “I’ll Be Missing You” was your biggest hit song. Tell us a memory of collaborating with them

Faith Evans: I actually just recently worked with a few of them on their solo projects over the last few years. We never lost touch. We had to do a stint where I sort of left my bags of shoes in their houses when I was living in hotel from hotel back in the day, so we have a bond.

TAC: Who is someone you would like to collaborate with in the future and why?

Faith Evans: Wow, there are so many people. I try to welcome the opportunities to work with people; usually it’s always about the timing of it. Unless something is 100% against my morals or something, there are not many people that I wouldn’t try to work with if they respect my work to want to do it as long as the timing is right with what I got going on. There are so many people though. I wouldn’t even want to slight anybody by just naming one or two.

TAC: What is some of your favorite music on the radio right now?

Faith Evans: To be honest that changes too. I like a lot of different stuff. My kids are so into music both old and new and every other week is something new. I do respect and certainly appreciate both new and old music, but I still got my old stuff in rotation. My Marvin Gayes to The Mamas & the Papas, to Anita Baker, to Jill Scott, to jazz music. I listen to music all the time.

TAC: What’s next for you?

Faith Evans: I have a couple of movie scripts that I’m reading right now. I actually have a couple of movie projects I’m trying to pitch and co-EP. And aside from that, just getting back into the studio, finishing up my next album and continuing to take care of my kids. I would also like to put some time into working on my next book. I think I’m going to take a couple of months to continue working on that as well once some of these other things are in place.

Faith Evans and 112 take the stage at House Of Blues at 8 p.m. on Saturday. It’s seriously a once in a lifetime Atlantic City show, so strap in the honey and BFFs, and head on down to AC. Click here for tickets.

 

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A music junkie and pop culture nerd, Jackie has been storytelling and producing exclusive content through various forms of media since she was a teenager running online fan clubs on Yahoo Groups. Remember those? A Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from Ithaca College took her to the City of Angels where she scored bylines in The Hollywood Reporter and dabbled in music PR. An East Coast girl at heart, she circled back to her home state of New Jersey where she penned Caesars Entertainment Atlantic City’s Atlantic City Blog and hasn’t looked back since.

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