From her Wikipedia page:
Dionne Yvette Farris (born December 4, 1969) is an American, singer, songwriter, producer and actress. Born and raised in New Jersey, she began singing in elementary school and competed in pageants as a teenager. In the early 1990s, she performed as the vocalist on hip hopgroupArrested Development (1992) hit single “Tennessee”.
Farris rose to fame with the release of her debut album, Wild Seed – Wild Flower (1994) on Columbia Records. The album featured the Top 40 single, “I Know” (1995). That same year, the video earned Farris the Billboard Music Video Awards Best Pop/Rock New Artist Clip of the Year. She was nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance (1996).