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||January 11, 1971
||Cause of Death:
||Yonkers, New York, USA
RATE AND COMMENT
At 17, recorded her first demo, a cover of Anita Baker's "Caught Up in the Rapture" (1986), at a shopping mall in White Plains, NY; signed by Uptown Records president and CEO Andre Harrell
Sang background vocals for Father MC track "I'll Do 4 U"
Released debut album <i>What's the 411?</i>, featuring her first Top 10 hit "Real Love"
Released multi-platinum selling album <i>My Life</i>
Veered into adult contemporary and inspirational music with <i>Mary</i>
Contributed the ballad "Not Gon' Cry" for the "Waiting to Exhale" soundtrack
Scored first No. 1 track on the Billboard Hot 100 with the hip-hop jam "Family Affair" from <i>No More Drama</i>
Debuted at No. 1 on the <i>Billboard</i> Hot 200 with <i>The Breakthrough</i>
Made TV acting debut with guest role on "The Jamie Foxx Show" (The WB)
Made feature film debut in "Prison Song"
Played supporting role in Tyler Perry's "I Can Do Bad All By Myself"
Cast alongside Tom Cruise and Alec Baldwin in feature adaptation of the stage musical "Rock of Ages"
Known for such albums as "The Breakthrough" and "Growing Pains"
Popular songs include "Family Affair" and "Be Without You".