F.A.T.E. (a name derived from the phrase "for all that's endured") is an R&B vocal group made up of Tiffany "Tiff" Chisolm, Shaunesa "Shy" Walker, and Patricia "Precious" McKelvin. Chisolm and Walker met in high school in Jersey City, NJ, and encountered the Harlem-based McKelvin when they auditioned for a group of which she was already a member. They formed F.A.T.E. in 1997 and hooked up with managers Valerie Hicks and Alegna Harris, who managed to get a demo to an employee at the Flavor Unit production company, where it was heard by Queen Latifah's partner, Shakim Compere, who signed F.