Shamari DeVoe
Birth nameShamari Jaqua Fears
Born (1980-02-22) February 22, 1980 (age 42)
Detroit, Michigan, U.S.
OriginAtlanta, Georgia, U.S.
Occupation(s)Singer-songwriter, dancer, actress
InstrumentsVocals
Years active1996-present
LabelsColumbia, Elektra, Darkchild

Shamari DeVoe (née Fears; born February 22, 1980) is an American singer-songwriter, dancer and actress. She is best known as the lead singer in the pop/R&B girl group Blaque.[1] She also starred in the reality television series The Real Housewives of Atlanta.

Early life

DeVoe was born on February 22, 1980, in Detroit, Michigan.[2] She was moved to and raised in Atlanta, Georgia and graduated from Georgia State University in 2013 with a bachelor of arts degree in Sociology.[3]

Career

She was discovered by American rapper Lisa Lopes, who mentored Blaque.[3] She formed Blaque with Brandi Williams and Natina Reed. The group made their first appearance in 1997, in the music video for Lil' Kim's "Not Tonight". Their debut album Blaque (1999) sold more than 1.5 million copies and was certified Platinum. Billboard named Blaque as the fourth "Best New Artist" in 1999.[4]

In 2000, DeVoe portrayed a cheerleader named Lava in the comedy film Bring It On.[5]

Blaque went on hiatus until 2007 and eventually split in 2008. Natina Reed died after being hit by a car in 2012.[6][4] DeVoe still performs with fellow group member Brandi Williams.[3]

In November 2018, DeVoe joined the cast of the Bravo reality television series The Real Housewives of Atlanta for the show's eleventh season.[2] On 26 September 2019, it was announced that DeVoe would not be returning for the twelfth season. She is working on a collaboration with her husband Ronnie DeVoe called Me & Mari.[7] The duo released a single called "Love Comes Through" on December 7, 2018.[8]

Personal life

On March 10, 2006, she married Ronnie DeVoe of New Edition and Bell Biv DeVoe. The couple have twin boys, Ronald and Roman born in 2017. DeVoe became a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority in December, 2014.[9]

Discography

Album appearances

Year Title Album
2001 Da Hot S***(Aight) with Bell Biv DeVoe BBD

Filmography

Film

Year Title Role Notes
2000 Bring It On Lava
2003 Honey Herself

Television

Year Title Role Notes
2001 V.I.P. Herself Episode: "Kayus Ex Machina"
2018–2019 The Real Housewives of Atlanta Herself Main cast member (Season 11)
2019 Watch What Happens: Live Herself Episode(s): Kandi Burruss & Shamari DeVoe / Shamari DeVoe & Bevy Smith
2020 Say Yes to the Dress: Atlanta Herself Episode: Y'all Are Trying To Please 11 Women
2021 Genius Backup Singer #2 Episode: "Young, Gifted and Black"
2021 BET Presents: The Encore Herself Main cast member

(Season 1)

Music video appearances

Year Title Artist
1997 "Not Tonight" Lil' Kim
2001 "Welcome To Atlanta" Ludacris

References

  1. ^ "Forgotten Pop! – This Week – Blaque". 3 August 2018.
  2. ^ a b "Shamari DeVoe". Bravo TV Official Site. 2018-10-01. Retrieved 2018-11-29.
  3. ^ a b c "Here Are 5 Things You Need to Know About the New Real Housewife of Atlanta, Shamari DeVoe". Bravo TV Official Site. 2018-10-08. Retrieved 2018-11-29.
  4. ^ a b "Cops confirm Natina Reed of Atlanta R&B group Blaque fatally hit by car". ajc. Retrieved 2018-11-30.
  5. ^ "Shamari Fears | TV Guide". TVGuide.com. Retrieved 2018-11-29.
  6. ^ "Natina Reed, Musician & Star of Bring It On, Dead at 32 | E! Online". archive.is. 2013-01-22. Archived from the original on 2013-01-22. Retrieved 2018-11-30.
  7. ^ "Shamari Devoe: Five things you need to know about the new RHOA star". Monsters and Critics. 2018-11-04. Retrieved 2018-11-30.
  8. ^ "Shamari DeVoe on Instagram: "As seen on #RHOA, "Love Comes Through" by ~Me & Mari——> Available on December 7th! Let the countdown begin...#MeAndMari •Video @dimeken10…"". Instagram. Retrieved 2018-11-30.
  9. ^ Porter, Lauren (February 22, 2017). "New Edition's Ronnie DeVoe And Wife Shamari Are Expecting Their First Child Together". Essence.