Names Mary J. Blige, Ella Fitzgerald and Blue Magic are artists whom inspired her.
Launched her career in 1994 when she was recognized at a talent show.
A native of Long Island, she began singing at the age of 12.
Was the first R&B singer to join Murder Inc. Records.
Has worked with Ja Rule, Big Pun and Fat Joe.
Turned down a track scholarship to Hampton University to pursue her singing career.
Before she joined Murder Inc. Records, she was signed by Jive Records.
Born Half African-American, Half Chinese
Born to a Half African-American, Half Chinese father (Ken-kaide) and an African-American mother (Tina).
Her songs "Foolish", "Always On Time", and "What's Luv" made the top 10 all in one week.
Wrote all 12 tracks on her self-titled debut album.
Her aunt lives in Rhode Island.
Named #13 on the Maxim magazine Hot 100 of 2005 list.
Ranked as #81 in FHM's "100 Sexiest Women in the World 2005" special supplement. (2005)
Released new fragrance line, "Precious Jewel" (2005)
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