American R&B singer, songwriter and record producer Lil' Mo (born Cynthia Loving) is probably best known for her hit single “Superwoman Pt. II” (#11 Hot 100, #4 US R&B) from her debut album “Based on a True Story” (2001). She has since released the albums “Meet the Girl Next Door” (2003) and “Pain & Paper” (2007). Lil' Mo is also known for her collaborations with artists like Missy Elliott, Ja Rule, Fabolous, and Angie Martinez.
Lil' Mo has been married twice. She and her first husband, Al Stone, (together from 2001 to 2005) have two daughters together, Heaven Love'on Stone (born 2002) and God'Iss Love Stone (born 2005). She and her present husband, Phillip Bryant, have one son, Justin McKenzie Phillip (born 2009).
Childhood and Family:
Lil' Mo was born Cynthia Loving on July 3, 1978, in Long Island, New York, to Bishop Jacob and First-Lady Cynthia Loving Sr. Due to her father's career in the military, her family moved regularly during her youth. After living in a variety of places, including Texas, Georgia and North Carolina, the family settled in Baltimore, Maryland. Cynthia knew she wanted to become an entertainer and to stay focused on her goal, competed in talent contests.
On August 29, 2001, Lil' Mo married Al Stone, whom she met at a Washington D.C. gas station several months before. She gave birth to her first child, daughter Heaven Love'on Stone, on August 19, 2002. Her second daughter, God'Iss Love Stone, was born on February 24, 2005. She filed for divorce from her husband in December 2005.
Lil' Mo is currently married to Gospel recording artist Phillip Bryant. Their son, Justin McKenzie Phillip, was born on January 16, 2009.
Based on a True Story
Lil' Mo made her recording debut in 1998 with the single “5 Minute,” featuring Missy Elliott. It appeared on the soundtrack of the 1998 motion picture “Why Do Fools Fall in Love,” which was directed by Gregory Nava and starred Halle Berry, Vivica A. Fox, Lela Rochon and Larenz Tate. The following year, she appeared on Elliot's album “Da Real World” on the tracks “Hot Boyz” and “You Don't Know.” The first song peaked at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and the Hot Rap Songs and No. 5 on the Billboard 100. She also appeared on the music video for the song's remix with guest rappers Nas and Eve.
In 2000, Lil' Mo appeared in Keith Sweat's “I'll Trade (A Million Bucks),” which peaked at No. 36 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, Ideal's “Whatever,” a No. 11 hit on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, and Ja Rule's hit single “Put It On Me,” also featuring Vita. She was reunited with Ja Rule for the 2001 single “I Cry,” which peaked at No. 11 and No. 40 on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and the Billboard Hot 100, respectively. She also worked on the Jermaine Dupri & R.O.C single “Lay It Dow” (2001).
Mo's second single, “Ta Da,” was released in 2000 by The Goldmind Inc/Elektra Records. The single charted at No. 21 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart and No. 95 on the Billboard Hot 100. She, however, did not enjoy success really on her own until she released the single “Superwoman Pt. II” (featuring Fabolous) in March 2001. The song peaked at No. 11 on the Billboard Hot 100 and No. 4 on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.
Originally set to be released in November 2000, Mo's debut album, “Based on a True Story,” was eventually released on April 24, 2001, through Elektra Records/Wea Records. The album received mediocre reviews from music critics but peaked at No. 16 on the Billboard 200 and No. 6 on the U.S. Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums. “Based on a True Story” eventually achieved gold certification from RIAA. The last release from the album, “Gangsta” (2001), went to No. 57 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.
2002 saw Lil' Mo guest star in Mobb Depp's “Pray For Me,” Adam F's ““Where's My..?” and Angie Martinez's hit single “If I Could Go,” which rose to No. 15 on the Billboard Hot 100 and No. 26 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs. It was also that year that Lil' Mo ended her partnership with Murder Inc.
Lil' Mo was reunited with Fabulous’ single “Can't Let You Go,” the second song from Fabulous' album “Street Dreams.” Released on February 23, 2003, the single rose to No. 4 on the Billboard Hot 100 and No. 2 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks and the Hot Rap Tracks. Two months later, she released the album “Meet the Girl Next Door” on Elektra/Wea. It peaked at No. 17 on the Billboard 200 and No. 4 on the Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums. The album spawned the singles “4Ever” (featuring Fabolous), which rose to No. 37 on the Billboard Hot 100 and No. 13 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks, and “Ten Commandments” (featuring Lil' Kim), which peaked at No. 101 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks. “Meet the Girl Next Door” marked her last album under Elektra Records.
In 2004, Lil' Mo was featured on the E-40 song “Thick & Thin” from the rapper's album “The Best of E-40: Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow.” The single went to No. 120 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks.
Lil' Mo was scheduled to release her next album, “Syndicated: The Lil' Mo Hour,” in 2005 but it was shelved. Several singles from the album have been released, including “Hot Boys, Hot Girls” (featuring Lil Wayne) and “Dem Boyz,” which charted at No. 28 and No. 86 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart, respectively. In 2006, she appeared in Coko's “Endow Me” with Fantasia and Faith Evans.
Lil' Mo eventually launched her third studio album, “Pain & Paper,” on August 28, 2007, on her independent label Honeychild Entertainment. It rose to No. 14 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks and No. 112 on the Billboard 200. Two singles released from the album, “Sumtimes I” (featuring Jim Jones) and “Lucky Her,” failed to chart. 2008 found the artist making guest appearances in Foxy Brown's “Bulletproof Love/One Love,” and “Cry” by LL Cool J.
Lil' Mo is set to release the album “Tattoos & Roses” in 2011.