Naturi Naughton is an American singer-songwriter, rapper as well as an actress who was born on 20 May 1984 in East Orange, New Jersey, U.S. as a child, she was born a Naturi Cora Maria Naughton to Brenda who is a part-time paralegal and Ezra Naughton who is a retired accountant. From an early age, she was interested in music. Her musical talent first emerged when she was at the age of five when she joined her church choir at New Hope Baptist Church in East Orange, New Jersey.
Nature attended St. Joseph’s Catholic School. Later, she went on to join Immaculate Conception High School in Montclair, New Jersey. Soon after that, Naturi was discovered by local talent agents who booked her to sing the national anthem at various events throughout the Garden State.
In the year 1999, when Naughton was at the age of 15, she formed the group named 3LW along with two friends from her school. They released their first single “No More (Baby I’m Do Right)”, in 2000 and it was followed by another successful single “Playas Gon’ Play” the next year.
The group’s debut album 3LW was released on 5th December 2000 which went platinum selling 1.3 million copies in the US. The group went on to MTV TRL tour in the summer of 2001 along with Destiny’s Child, Dream, Nelly, Eve and Jessica Simpson. The group found success with radio play and regular rotation on MTV. The group released a handful of subsequent singles before Naughton left the project and got to work on a solo record.
Prior to that, Naughton starred as Little Inez in the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical “Hairspray” in 2005. She was cast in March 2008 to portray the role of Grammy Award-winning rap artist Lil’ Kim in Notorious which is a biopic film about The Notorious B.I.G. the film was released in January of 2009 to mixed reviews. She then landed the lead role in the 2009 remake of the 1980 hit movie and TV show musical “Fame” as Denise. The film released in September and opened No. 3 at the US box office in its opening weekend despite negative reviews from critics. It was announced in August of 2010 that Naughton would appear in an episode of AMC television series Mad Men.
She played the role of Toni Charles who is a Playboy Bunny mistress to the character Lane Pryce. She also scored one of the leads in NBC’s 2011 series, The Playboy Club in which she played the role of Playboy Bunny named Brenda whose dream is to be the first Black centerfold.
The series was premiered on 19th September 2011 and due to low ratings, it was cancelled after three episodes. She made her appearance in an episode of the FXX sitcom It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia in October 2011 in which she played Shadynasty who is a 1970s jazz club singer. She also had a cast in the Lifetimedrama television series The Client List opposite to Jennifer Love Hewitt. She portrayed the role of Kendra, a hard working masseuse at a parlour.
Nature starred in the BET original film Let The Church Say Amen in September 2012. It is adapted from author ReShonda Tate Billingsley’s 2005 best-selling novel of the same name.
To talk about her personal life, she is currently single. Previously, she had been relationship with Jamal Woolard, an actor and with Boog, a singer. She had dated her two boyfriends for approximately 3.3 years each. She has never been married. Standing at the height of five feet and three inches, Naturi Naughton is sexy and hot. She joined the social networking site twitter since the year 2009. She maintains proper balance diet and is very conscious about her health and figure.