had written songs for a variety of new jack and hip-hop artists (including Mary J. Blige
, Al B. Sure!
, and Christopher Williams
) before releasing her first album, Faith
. The record proves that she is as powerful in the spotlight as she is behind the scenes. Evans
builds on a basic, hip-hop-influenced funk, alternating between simmering grooves and sultry ballads. Faith
does have a couple of dull spots, but the album is a first-class debut.