Brandy Rayana Norwood conceived February 11, 1979, known professionally by her mononym Brandy, is an American singer, songwriter, record producer, and actress. Naturally introduced to a melodic family in McComb, Mississippi and brought up in Carson, California, she started her vocation as a youngster and executed as a sponsorship vocalist for high schooler gatherings.
In 1993, Norwood marked with Atlantic Records. The next year, she discharged her self-titled presentation collection, which was guaranteed fourfold Platinum in the US, moving six million duplicates around the world. Norwood featured in the UPN sitcom Moesha as the title character, which endured six seasons and brought about various different jobs. She continued her music vocation in 1998 with the uncontrollably effective two part harmony with individual R&B contemporary Monica, “The Boy Is Mine”, which proceeded to wind up the top of the line female two part harmony ever, and one of the longest running number one singles ever. Her second collection, Never Say Never, sold 16 million duplicates around the world, included two number one singles, and earned Norwood her first Grammy Award. This propelled her into worldwide fame, with movies, supports, sold out show visits, and her own line of Barbie dolls.
All through the 2000s, Norwood held a problematic position in the pop business. In 2002, she featured in the truth arrangement Brandy: Special Delivery, recording the introduction of her girl. Her third and fourth collections, Full Moon (2002) and Afrodisiac (2004), were discharged to basic and business achievement. She filled in as a judge on the primary period of America’s Got Talent before being engaged with a generally advertised fender bender in 2006. After a few claims originating from the mishap, Norwood’s fifth collection, Human (2008), was discharged to business disappointment.
During the 2010s, Norwood got a basic and business resurgence. In 2010, she came back to TV as a challenger on the eleventh period of Dancing with the Stars and featured in the truth arrangement Brandy and Ray J: A Family Business. In 2012 she turned into an arrangement normal in the BET arrangement The Game, and discharged her 6th collection Two Eleven to basic acclaim. In April 2015, Norwood made her Broadway make a big appearance in the melodic Chicago. She featured in and official created another sitcom Zoe Ever After on the BET arrange in January 2016.
All through her profession, she has sold more than 30 million records around the world, making her a standout amongst other moving female specialists, without a doubt. The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) records Norwood as one of the best moving craftsmen in the United States, with 10.5 million confirmed collections. Her work has earned her various honors and honors, including a Grammy Award, an American Music Award, and seven Billboard Music Awards. She has turned out to be known for her unmistakable sound, portrayed by her exceptional timbre, voice-layering, and complicated riffs, which has earned her the moniker ‘The Vocal Bible’ from industry companions and commentators.
Norwood was conceived on February 11, 1979, in McComb, Mississippi, the little girl of Willie Norwood, a gospel vocalist and choir chief, and his better half, Sonja Norwood (née Bates), an area supervisor for H&R Block. Schnaps is the more established sister of performer Ray J, just as a cousin of rapper Snoop Dogg and WWE wrestler Sasha Banks. Brought up in a Christian home, Norwood began singing through her dad’s work as a major aspect of the neighborhood church choir, playing out her first gospel solo at two years old. In 1983, her folks moved to Los Angeles, California, where Norwood was educated at the Hollywood High Performing Arts Center. Norwood’s enthusiasm for music and performing expanded in the wake of turning into a devotee of artist Whitney Houston at seven years old, yet at school, she encountered issue with convincing educators to send her on tryouts as she found no help among the staff. Norwood started entering ability appears when she was eleven, and, as a major aspect of a young singing gathering, performed at a few open capacities.
In 1990, her ability prompted an agreement with Teaspoon Productions, headed by Chris Stokes and Earl Harris, who gave her work as a support vocalist for their R&B kid band Immature, and organized the creation of a demo tape. In 1993, in the midst of continuous transactions with East West Records, Norwood’s folks sorted out an account contract with the Atlantic Recording Corporation in the wake of trying out for the organization’s chief of A&R Darryl Williams. To deal with her little girl, Norwood’s mom before long surrendered from her activity, while Norwood herself dropped out of Hollywood High School later, and was mentored secretly from tenth grade on. Amid the early creation phases of her presentation collection, Norwood was chosen for a job in the brief ABC sitcom Thea, depicting the little girl of a single parent played by humorist Thea Vidale. At first communicate to high appraisals, the arrangement’s viewership dwindled and wound up running for just a single season, however earned her a Young Artists Award selection for Outstanding Youth Ensemble close by her co-stars. Norwood reviewed that she valued the dropping of the show as she was apathetic about acting at the time, and the taping caused booking clashes with the account of her collection. She expressed, “I felt terrible for every other person yet me. It was ideal, since I could do what I needed to do, on the grounds that I needed to sing.”
Williams enlisted maker Keith Crouch and R&B assemble Somethin’ for the People to work with Norwood, and inside eight months the group created Brandy. A gathering of road arranged beat and-blues with a hip jump edge, whose melodious substance grasped her energetic and honest picture out in the open, Norwood later summed up the tunes on the collection as youthful and helpless, expressing, “I didn’t generally know a great deal—all I needed to do was essentially sing. You can simply tell that it’s an individual singing from a real place, and furthermore a position of fundamentally no experience. I was singing about being pulled in to the contrary sex, yet I had no involvement behind it.” Released in September 1994, the collection topped at number twenty on the U.S. Board 200. Basic response to Brandy was commonly positive, with AllMusic author Eddie Huffman announcing Brandy “a lower-key Janet Jackson or an increasingly stripped-down Mary J. Blige […] with great melodies and fresh creation.” Anderson Jones of Entertainment Weekly affirmed, “Youngster on-screen character Norwood behaves. An untimely exertion, best case scenario, that appears to be founded on the logic ‘If Aaliyah can do it, for what reason can’t I?’.”
Norwood attended Hollywood High School, but studied with a private tutor beginning in 10th grade. In 1996, she had a brief relationship with future Los Angeles Lakers player Kobe Bryant, whom she accompanied to his prom at Lower Merion High School in Ardmore, Pennsylvania. She also dated Boyz II Men lead singer Wanya Morris, whom she cited as her “first love.” Morris, who is six years older than her, reportedly ended their relationship a month before her nineteenth birthday. Also during their work on the Never Say Never album, she briefly dated rapper Mase.
During the production of her album Full Moon in mid-2001, Norwood became romantically involved with producer Robert “Big Bert” Smith. The couple kept their relationship secret until February 2002, when Norwood announced that she was expecting her first child. However, a year after the birth of their daughter, Sy’rai Iman Smith, on June 16, 2002, an event tracked by the four-part MTV reality series Brandy: Special Delivery—Norwood and Smith separated. In 2004, Smith revealed that the pair had never been legally wed, but that they had pretended to marry to preserve Norwood’s public image. Norwood later stated that she regarded her relationship with Smith as a “spiritual union and true commitment to each other.”
By the following year, Norwood had begun a relationship with NBA guard Quentin Richardson, who was then playing for the Los Angeles Clippers. The couple soon became engaged in July 2004 but Norwood eventually ended their 15-month engagement in October 2005. It was reported that Norwood had to get a tattoo of Richardson’s face on her back transformed into a cat. In 2010, she briefly dated rapper Flo Rida At the end of 2012, Norwood became engaged to music executive Ryan Press. In April 2014, Norwood called off her engagement with Press following their breakup earlier that year.