R&B singer best for her self-titled debut album, which yielded the hit song "Foolish" and set a record for opening week sales.
She sang in the gospel choir when she was three and began writing songs in high school. She worked as an extra in two Spike Lee movies, including Malcolm X.
She had three top ten songs on the Billboard Hot 100 charts in the same week: "Foolish," "What's Luv?," and "Always on Time." this was a feat that had not been accomplished since The Beatles.
Her father was a singer and her mother was a dance teacher who sent out demo tapes to anyone who would listen. She was in a nine year relationship with rapper Nelly.
She sang background vocals for Jennifer Lopez on the song "I'm Real (Murder Remix)."