Faith Evans isn’t just a known song bird, she’s also a social (media) butterfly. Along with a clear set of tweeters she endorses, Evans explained to CBS Local how Twitter contributed to her lead single, “Tears Of Joy”.
With her R&B Divas set debuting in the Top 10 on Billboard’s R&B/Hip-Hop Charts, faith explained how Twitter helped connect with “Tears of Joy” writer Claude Kelly.
“Claude Kelly tweeted about two months ago: ‘Somebody tell Faith Evans I love her I want to work with her’,” she told CBS Local. “Two weeks later, we were in the studio and he played me this song and I’m like, Oh my god this is amazing I need this record.” \
Faith was not the only one to take notice of the tweet. Fans of Kelly and Faith started a retweet campaign to get them together. “I saw the tweet in my mentions,” she said. “[But] my fans were retweeting it, like ‘I want her to work with him.'”
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“People should follow Rolland Martin,” she said. “He’s an intelligent brother and he’s also hood. His commentary may be very relatable.
“He’s always giving you an inspiration vitamin.'”
“The third would be Bev Smith. That’s my homegirl. She always says what you’re thinking plus that’s the homegirl and she always gives it the homegirl spin: ‘You know I love you boo, but that was a terrible dress.'”
Faith’s R&B Divas reality show broke ratings records at TV One and had its fair share of drama and–Faith is quick to point out–“resolution.” But the studio process was the opposite according to Faith.
“In the session for ‘Loving Me,’ the theme song to R&B Divas, we were like, ‘Let’s try to get in there like they did back in the day, all go in there and sing,” Faith said. “The engineer was like, ‘You can’t just do that.’ But we did it anyway and it actually sounded good. [When we started] we were like, We don’t want to start this super group thing. But when we got in there not only did we sound good together but it was actually a lot of fun.”
The procedes from the album will go to Whitney Houston Academy in East Orange NJ. —Erik Parker, CBS Local