Who is Shamari Fears?
Shamari Jaqua Fears was born on 22 February 1980, in Detroit, Michigan, USA, and is a singer as well as a reality television personality, best known for being one of the stars of the television show entitled “The Real Housewives of Atlanta”. During her youth, she was the lead singer of the R&B group called Blaque.
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The Net Worth of Shamari Fears
How rich is Shamari Fears? As of late-2019, sources inform us of a net worth that is over $4 million, earned through success in her various endeavors. She’s been active in the entertainment industry since 1999, and has also done a bit of acting work during her career.
As she continues her endeavors, it is expected that her wealth will also continue to increase.
Early Life, Education, and Career Beginnings
Shamari grew up in Detroit, but very little is known about her upbringing and her family, though it is a strong possibility that her interests in music were developed from this time. After matriculating from high school, she enrolled at Georgia State University (GSU) to complete a degree in sociology. The university was founded in 1913 and is the largest institution of higher education in Georgia in terms of enrollment.
It has over 53,000 students annually, making it one of the top 10 universities in terms of student numbers in the US.
It offers over 25 degree programs in more than 100 fields spread across 10 colleges. They also have two libraries and is considered one of the biggest economic influences of the state. It also has athletic teams called the Georgia State Panthers, which compete in NCAA Division I. Following her graduation, she then tried to pursue a career in music.
In 1996, Fears was discovered by rapper Lisa Lopes who would partner her with Brandi Williams and Natina Reed, creating the group Blaque – outside of the US, they were known as Blaque Ivory. They made their first appearance as a part of the music video “Not Tonight” by Lil’ Kim in 1997 before releasing their self-titled debut album two years later. The album sold over 1.5 million copies and was certified platinum. During the same year, they were named as Best New Artist by Billboard.
The group mreleased numerous chart-topping singles from 1999 to 2004. One of their most memorable songs was “Bring It All To Me” which was an international hit, and their single “808” was certified gold. However, a few years after the release of their debut album, the group went on hiatus for five years. During this period, they released unsuccessful singles, but appeared in the film “Honey”. In 2007 the group then announced that they were disbanding. They had intended to make a comeback in 2012 but it never eventuated due to the death of Natina Reed in an accident. While her music career with Blaque was over, Shamari moved on to other opportunities.
20 years ago on June 1,1999 our debut album “BLAQUE” was released. Thank you to all of our fans for your unfailing dedication and support. It’s our anniversary!!Now go get that Torch! Link in my bio. ? pic.twitter.com/jelQ8Hjuqv
— Shamari DeVoe (@ShamariDeVoe) June 2, 2019
Acting and Reality Television
While with Blaque, Shamari gained her first acting opportunity in the film entitled “Bring It On”, portraying a cheerleader named Lava in the comedy film starring Kirsten Dunst and Eliza Dushku, in the first in what would become a series of films, however, its direct to video sequels no longer featured any of the original cast members. It follows the story of a team’s preparation and participation in a cheerleading competition. The film was commercially successful, and is considered a cult classic. Shamari then took a long break from any camera related projects, until in when she joined the cast of the reality TV show “The Real Housewives of Atlanta” during its 11th season.
The show is the third installment of “The Real Housewives” franchise, following the lives of several women who reside in Atlanta, Georgia. In the show, she joins other cast members such as Kandi Burruss, Kenya Moore, Nene Leakes, Porsha Williams, and several others. It has gained favorable reviews, with several media outlets labeling it as a guilty pleasure. However, it has also received criticism for storylines that appear to be fabricated. Despite that, the show is the highest rated installment of the entire franchise and the most watched series on Bravo, leading it to create many spin-offs.
Personal Life and Social Media
For her personal life, it is known that Fears married Ronnie DeVoe in 2005. Her husband is also known as Ronnie, R.D, and Big Ron, and is one of the members of the R&B group called New Edition as well as the hip hop group Bell Biv DeVoe. Since their marriage, she has publicly been known as Shamari DeVoe, though many outlets still use her maiden name. The couple met during the Janet Jackson Icon Awards in 2001, they now have twin boys.
Through her appearance on television, she revealed that her marriage was breaking down at one point, and she decided to experiment by making it more open, so that he could pursue another woman – since then, their marriage has been normal and steady. Similar to numerous reality television personalities, she is active online through accounts on social media, particularly on Instagram on which she has over 410,000 followers, using the platform to post personal photos and give updates about some of her most recent projects. She also has an account on Twitter on which she has over 17,000 fans though she doesn’t post there often, at times taking months in between posts.