Faith Evans spoke with Ebony.com about her new TV One reality show R&B Divas. In the Q&A, Faith opens up about what made this reality project the right vehicle for her to dive into, the music coming from the show, and when we might expect her seventh solo album.
EBONY: You’ve always been very private. Why’d you sign up to do this?
Faith Evans: I actually had a few different opportunities and shot a few pilots for reality projects, and I definitely was reluctant to do them, but this ended up being a great vehicle for me. I don’t have to shoulder it because I’m very private and very guarded, but this show actually chronicles me getting ready to put together a charity album with all female R&B singers. Nicci Gilbert, who’s my best friend and co-EP on the project, she had already kind of assembled these ladies with the thought of coming to me and seeing if I was interested in going on tour and filming it and making it a documentary. And I said, ‘Maybe this would be a good way to do this whole TV thing that people want me to do ….’ I really wasn’t willing to open up my home and things of that nature and my kids.. And also, I get to give back, because the album is going to benefit the Whitney Houston Academy in New Jersey, and to also encourage the other ladies to really … share their stories, because they have very interesting stories of survival that will inspire people through their career ups and downs, through their life challenges.
EBONY: Was it scary having the cameras turned on you?
FE: No, not at all. I’m used to being in front of a camera. I’m the same me all the time, whether the camera’s there or not. I’m still the same guarded person. I’m very engaging and funny when you get to know me. I’m very laid back, I don’t always react to everything, and I think about stuff and I try … to be a little more conscientious. I think I’m sort of the voice of reason in my group of ladies.