Faith Evans, a creator and one of the stars of TV One’s breakout hit “R&B Divas: Atlanta,” says the other singing sensations on the reality show have “developed a certain sisterhood.”
Nicci Gilbert, Monifah, Syleena Johnson and KeKe Wyatt are back. Joining them for a second season are Angie Stone and LaTocha Scott.
The Grammy winning singer is preparing for the new season and admits how much they’ve bonded.
However, many of her castmates, Evans says, were already friends, “Nicci Gilbert and I have been friends for almost 20 years. So, I’ve known her for the longest. I’ve known Monifah for almost 15 years. But the other ladies I met by way of working or doing shows with them. I see Angie a lot and we talk a lot. So since we met we developed a certain sisterhood.”
She revealed she wanted Stone in season one but “it wasn’t good for what she had going on at the time.”
So what is she anticipating the most from having the chart topping soul singer in the mix?
“Angie is like the mother figure really. She’s obviously the more seasoned one. She’s been in the business for much longer than all of us. There’s just a certain Auntie Motherly quality that comes with her. She shares her bits of wisdom. She gives it to you the way only she can.” Evans said with a laugh.
One thing that makes “R&B Divas: Atlanta” stand out from all other shows Evans says is “shows that have family members doing their shows. They’re family. So the negativity and the drama are only going to go so far. I think that stood out about our show. But, secondly there are other reality shows that had one or two cast members that were previously popular in another lane. But, in our show none of us did this to try and become popular. We already came with our own fan bases.”
Evans says she’s developing a few other projects, including scripted and unscripted TV projects and a stage play based on her autobiography, Keep the Faith: A Memoir.
She tapes the show in Atlanta and frequently returns to Los Angeles to be with her four children. One of them is Christopher CJ. Wallace Jr., her son with her former husband, slain rapper Biggie Smalls. Citing “irreconcilable differences” she divorced Todd Russaw in 2011, her husband/manager of 14 years.
Now that she’s single, is Evans looking for a new love in her life?
“I won’t say that I’m looking, but I’m here to be found. I’m enjoying being single. I got married to my first husband shortly after I turned 21.” She said.
Season two of “R&B Divas: Atlanta” airs Wednesday, May 2, on TV One at 10 p.m. ET.