A GRAMMY-winning artist in her own right, R&B singer/songwriter Faith Evans has recently stepped out of one studio and into another as the co-executive producer of new reality TV series "R&B Divas." Premiering Aug. 20 on TV One, the series will follow the lives of Evans and artists Monifa Carter, Nicci Gilbert, Syleena Johnson, and Keke Wyatt, offering a glimpse into their private lives and careers. In an exclusive interview with GRAMMY.com, Evans discussed filming "R&B Divas," discovering her talent and the healing power of music, among other topics.
"It's all about inspiring people through our stories of triumph," said Evans regarding the series. "I wanted to use the platform that I had of people wanting me to be in the reality TV business, to encourage these ladies to share their stories."
The former wife of the late Notorious B.I.G., Evans earned her first GRAMMY for Best Rap Performance By A Duo Or Group for appearing on Sean "Diddy" Combs' "I'll Be Missing You" with Sean "Diddy" Combs. Evans' most recent album, 2010's Something About Faith, peaked at No. 15 and spawned a GRAMMY nomination for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance for "Gone Already."
Over eight episodes, "R&B Divas" will follow deep friendship shared by five multitalented R&B stars, revealing their efforts to deal with major life transitions such as divorce and parenting issues, and showcasing their efforts to produce a charity album in honor of the late Whitney Houston.
Starting Aug. 20, the series will air Mondays at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT on TV One.