Faith Evans: Leaving A Legacy Of Faith
Songbird Faith Evans made a name for herself in the early 1990s with her debut album and being the wife of late hip-hop star Notorious B.I.G. Fast forward over 25 years and the beautiful singer has had chart-topping hits, children graduating high school and a life she can smile about.
She also has an a highly-acclaimed duet album, The King & I, with her late husband that came out this spring.
“And I’m so happy to say that I know you/My whole life was changed instantly/And I was willing to play my position, yeah/When you made me your wife-to-be,” sings Faith on the album single, “Legacy.”
The King & I will include rare and unreleased vocals by the legendary rapper, along with guest appearances from Busta Rhymes, Lil’ Cease, 112, Lil’ Kim, Sheek Louch, Jadakiss, Snoop Dogg, and Styles P.
The album was a long time coming, but serves as a honor to the late, great Biggie while resting in faith that even though his murder is still unsolved, she now has a sense of peace.
Others on the album include actor Jamal Woolard, who portrayed The Notorious B.I.G. in Notorious, the biopic based on the rapper’s life and career, and Biggie’s mother, Voletta Wallace, known as “Mama Wallace.”
But a new album and touring the country isn’t the only thing Faith has been up to. She even has a 60-pound weight loss that she is proud of. In her own words, Faith describes how it all happened:
“When I moved to Atlanta, I had a trainer down there for a couple of years. Actually, I started working with her prior to my last album. Since that time, I relocated and got even more into fitness and dropped a few more pounds. I guess the more weight I lost, the easier it was to see my physique. I’ve been at it for a couple of years. It wasn’t easy.”
“My highest weight was 192 lbs. I’m 5’7″and at about 132 lbs now. I met this trainer, and her approach worked for me. I do these stairs in Santa Monica—it’s about 200 stairs, and I go up and down them 15 times. I do the stairs about four times a week, and my kids, they do the stairs too. Traveling makes it hard, but when I’m on the road, I take weights and resistance bands. I tie the bands onto doorknobs and do arm exercises. I might occasionally have a cookie, but working out is the key for me. I never saw myself doing push-ups, but now I’ll do 50 by the side of the stage. It feels good to know I can do it.”
“I’m more fit than I’ve ever been in my adult life. Losing weight and being fit are totally two different things. I’m actually working on a motivational fitness DVD. That’ll be out soon. It will cover everything: how I eat, going to get veggie juice before I work out.”
She adds, “I want to show people how I maintain it. Of course I haven’t been documenting the whole three years since I embarked on trying to get to the weight I’m at now.”
Faith’s personal trainer, Angie Denkins, says there there are three key points that helped faith accomplish her goal. She calls it the “faith based workout”:
Hide The Scale: Use the scale as a guide once every several months. With Faith, we mainly went by how she felt and how she looked in her clothes. Muscle weighs more than fat. Some folks may appear to be 110 pounds, but because they are muscular in build they may weigh 125 or 130.
Set Your Pace: Faith’s in the shape of an elite athlete, so she’s at a level way above the rest. But anyone can start by…