Singers like Miguel and Ne-Yo have given their opinions on the diminished state of R&B in the industry. What are your thoughts? Do you think R&B is in a bad place?
The R&B music I do hasn’t changed. I just think times change. The way music is received is changed, but there’s still an audience for what I do. There’s a lot of different types of R&B music, so at awards shows you have a Chris Brown in a category with an Anita Baker because that’s all R&B. I’m not mad at the new batch of talent. I don’t think it’s in a bad state. I always use the Frankie Beverly and Maze example. They haven’t had an album out in 20 years, but they make a living and are on the road half of the year. Their shows are packed and people love them because they make quality timeless music, and that’s really what I’m trying to do. I mean, I like to hear my songs on the radio, but I’m not picky about what station it is. I’m happy that someone’s playing my music.
What do you think has been the key to your longevity?
I don’t have a formula at all, but I don’t try to necessarily keep up with what is current.
When we will get another solo Faith Evans album?
I’m actually back in the studio, so I already have a lot of material that I’ve been working on for two years. This’ll probably be the shortest period between albums for me because I definitely anticipate having my album out by next year sometime.