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Brandy Norwood is an American R&B singer-songwriter, actress and record producer

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BirthdayFebruary 11, 1979
NationalityAmerican
FamousRecord Producer, Singer-songwriter, African American Actors, Black Female Singers, Actors, Composers, Lyricists & Songwriters, Singers, Rhythm & Blues Singers
City/StateMississippi
SiblingsRay J
Known asBrandy, Bran'Nu, Brandy Rayana Norwood
Universities
  • Pepperdine University
Birth PlaceMcComb, Mississippi, United States
Height170cm
GenderFemale
FatherWillie Norwood
MotherSonja Norwood
Net Worth$60 million in jan 2017
Sun SignAquarius
Born inMcComb, Mississippi, United States
Famous asSinger-songwriter, Composer, Actor, Record producer
Socials

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Who is Brandy Norwood?

Brandy Norwood is a quintessential American R&B singer-songwriter, actress and record producer. She began her music career in her early teens and rose to fame with her first single ‘I Wanna Be Down’. Brandy was born in a family with musical background. She is the first cousin of the famous American rapper Snoop Dogg. Her self-titled debut album released in 1994 under the banner of ‘Atlantic Records’ and sold six million copies. Her performance in the sitcom ‘Moesha’ as the title character, earned her great applause. Her song ‘The Boy is Mine’ with Monica was acclaimed worldwide and eventually helped her second album. ‘Never Say Never’ bagged Brandy a ‘Grammy Award’, and was quickly followed by the success of two more albums – ‘Full Moon’ and ‘Afrodisiac’. Her latest album ‘Two Eleven’ released in 2012. She is all set to release her seventh studio album by 2018. Brandy also became a Broadway star with her debut performance in the John Kander musical ‘Chicago’. She has a line of Barbie dolls designed after her and is also listed as RIAA’s ‘Top Selling Artists’ in the US with over 10.5 million certified sold albums.

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Childhood & Early Life

Brandy Rayana Norwood was born on 11th February, 1979 to Christian parents, Willie Norwood and Sonja Bates in McComb, Mississippi. Her father was a popular gospel singer while her mother, Sonja, worked as a former district manager for ‘H&R Block’.

She grew up alongside her younger brother, William Ray Norwood Jr., who later became known as ‘Ray J’. Ray J showed the same interest in music as his sister did.

She first began singing along with her father in the church choir. Later in 1983, she relocated to Los Angeles, California, with her parents. There she attended the ‘Hollywood High Performing Arts Center.

She was spotted by Teaspoon Productions and was quickly made a backing vocalist for Chris Stokes and Earl Harris’ boy band ‘Immature’. Her parents then assisted her in signing a recording deal with ‘Atlantic Recoding Corporation’.

Her mother left a prolific job to spare time to manage Norwood. Thus, Brandy left school and studied with a home tutor. Before she commenced her music career, she played a secondary character in the ABC TV show ‘Thea’ which opened to much acclaim but after its initial ratings began to fizzle out, it was later cancelled.

Debut Album & TV Show �

Her debut album was crafted under the mentorship of Keith Crouch and the R&B Group ‘Somethin’ for the People’. The album was self-titled and comprised of a street-like breezy hip-hop edge to rhythm-and-blues.

The album ‘Brandy’ was launched in 1994 and did magnificently well. She booked the twentieth spot on the ‘U.S. Billboard 200’ chart. The album sold six million copies, with the singles ‘Baby’ and ‘I Wanna Be Down’ holding a place in the top 10 rankings of ‘Billboard Hot 100’.

She was the opening act at the ‘Boyz II Men’s’ national tour and even sang for the Hollywood movies ‘Batman Forever’ and ‘Waiting to Exhale’ in 1995.

In 1996, she starred in a main role in the sitcom ‘Moesha’. She worked alongside Sheryl Lee Ralph and William Allen Young in the teenage series. The show aired for six seasons and provided impetus for a spin-off titled ‘The Parkers’.

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Her second album ‘Never Say Never’ released in 1998. The album’s duet ‘The Boy Is Mine’ became her first song to top the ‘U.S. Billboard Hot 100’. The same year she went on a world tour to promote her album.

By 2002 her third album ‘Full Moon’ was in music stores. It failed to garner as much success as her previous two albums. ‘Afrodisiac’ released in 2004 to much critical applause and managed to put her back amongst the best in the music industry.

With continuous success as a singer and actress, she became the first choice to judge the talent hunt show ‘America’s Got Talent’ alongside David Hasselhoff and Piers Morgan in its first season.

Simultaneously, she began work on her fifth album ‘Human’ under the label of ‘Epic Records’. The album’s lead single ‘Right Here (Departed)’ topped the ‘Hot Dance Club Play’ music chart.

Sixth Studio Album & Recent Work

By 2011, she became a part of the comedy series ‘The game’ in which she played the recurring role of Chardonnay in the first season before becoming a regular on the show.

In October 2012, she launched her sixth studio album titled ‘Two Eleven’ and climbed to the number three spot on ‘U.S. Billboard 200’.

She returned to the big screen the following year in the movie ‘Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor’. The year 2014 was equally successful for her as she recorded a cover of Coldplay’s ‘Magic’ which topped the ‘Billboard Trending 140 Chart’.

She made her debut in the Broadway musical ‘Chicago’ in 2015. In the musical she played the lead character, Roxie Hart. Later in 2016, she played the lead role in the TV series ‘Zoe Ever After’, which she co-produced. The same year, she went on the Slayana World Tour, which was largely based in Europe.

In 2017, she participated in the cokking show ‘My Kitchen Rules’ where she competed with her younger sibling, Ray J.

Major Works

Brandy’s first studio album received humongous success. ‘All Music’s’ Eddie Huffman described her as “a lower-key Janet Jackson with good songs and a crisp production’.

In 2012, she sang a duet with Monica called ‘It All Belongs to Me’ that sparked quite a fire in the music industry and ranked at number three on the ‘U.S. Billboards Hot R&B Songs’ chart.

Awards & Achievements

She received her first award in 1995 at the Billboard Awards. At the American Music Awards in 1996, she won in the category ‘Favorite Soul/R&B New Artist’ amongst several others.

At the California Music Awards, she won ‘Outstanding R&B Album’ for ‘Never Say Never’ in 1998 and also won the ‘Best-selling Album by an International Newcomer’ at the ECHO Awards.

She won the prestigious Grammy Award in 1999 for ‘Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals’ for the song ‘The Boy is Mine’.

As an actress she took home her first award in 1996 as ‘Outstanding New Artist’ at the NAACP Image Awards and also won the award for ‘Outstanding Youth Actress’ for ‘Moesha’ in 1997. Brandy went on to receive the ‘Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series’ in 2014 for the show ‘The Game’.

Personal Life & Legacy

At the start of her music career she dated Kobe Bryant, a Los Angeles Lakers player, but the couple soon broke up. Later she dated singer Wanya Morris and then went on to date the American rapper Mase.

At the start of her music career she dated Kobe Bryant, a Los Angeles Lakers player, but the couple soon broke up. Later she dated singer Wanya Morris and then went on to date the American rapper Mase.

She was also been linked with the rapper Flo Rida in 2010.

She and her brother founded the ‘Norwood kids Foundation’ as a medium to encourage the use of Performing Arts to shape the youth to be more self-confident, responsible and caring individuals.

She and her brother founded the ‘Norwood kids Foundation’ as a medium to encourage the use of Performing Arts to shape the youth to be more self-confident, responsible and caring individuals.

Trivia

She sang her first gospel solo in a local church when she was only two years old.

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Brandy Norwood awards

YearNameAward

MTV Movie & TV Awards

1996Best Movie SongWaiting to Exhale (1995)

Brandy Norwood biography timelines

  • // 11th Feb 1979
    Brandy Rayana Norwood was born on 11th February, 1979 to Christian parents, Willie Norwood and Sonja Bates in McComb, Mississippi. Her father was a popular gospel singer while her mother, Sonja, worked as a former district manager for ‘H&R Block’.
  • // 1983
    She first began singing along with her father in the church choir. Later in 1983, she relocated to Los Angeles, California, with her parents. There she attended the ‘Hollywood High Performing Arts Center.
  • // 1994
    The album ‘Brandy’ was launched in 1994 and did magnificently well. She booked the twentieth spot on the ‘U.S. Billboard 200’ chart. The album sold six million copies, with the singles ‘Baby’ and ‘I Wanna Be Down’ holding a place in the top 10 rankings of ‘Billboard Hot 100’.
  • // 1995
    She was the opening act at the ‘Boyz II Men’s’ national tour and even sang for the Hollywood movies ‘Batman Forever’ and ‘Waiting to Exhale’ in 1995.
  • // 1995
    She received her first award in 1995 at the Billboard Awards. At the American Music Awards in 1996, she won in the category ‘Favorite Soul/R&B New Artist’ amongst several others.
  • // 1996
    In 1996, she starred in a main role in the sitcom ‘Moesha’. She worked alongside Sheryl Lee Ralph and William Allen Young in the teenage series. The show aired for six seasons and provided impetus for a spin-off titled ‘The Parkers’.
  • // 1996
    As an actress she took home her first award in 1996 as ‘Outstanding New Artist’ at the NAACP Image Awards and also won the award for ‘Outstanding Youth Actress’ for ‘Moesha’ in 1997. Brandy went on to receive the ‘Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series’ in 2014 for the show ‘The Game’.
  • // 1998
    Her second album ‘Never Say Never’ released in 1998. The album’s duet ‘The Boy Is Mine’ became her first song to top the ‘U.S. Billboard Hot 100’. The same year she went on a world tour to promote her album.
  • // 1998
    At the California Music Awards, she won ‘Outstanding R&B Album’ for ‘Never Say Never’ in 1998 and also won the ‘Best-selling Album by an International Newcomer’ at the ECHO Awards.
  • // 1999
    She won the prestigious Grammy Award in 1999 for ‘Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals’ for the song ‘The Boy is Mine’.
  • // 2002
    By 2002 her third album ‘Full Moon’ was in music stores. It failed to garner as much success as her previous two albums. ‘Afrodisiac’ released in 2004 to much critical applause and managed to put her back amongst the best in the music industry.
  • // 2010
    She was also been linked with the rapper Flo Rida in 2010.
  • // 2011
    By 2011, she became a part of the comedy series ‘The game’ in which she played the recurring role of Chardonnay in the first season before becoming a regular on the show.
  • // 2012
    In October 2012, she launched her sixth studio album titled ‘Two Eleven’ and climbed to the number three spot on ‘U.S. Billboard 200’.
  • // 2012
    In 2012, she sang a duet with Monica called ‘It All Belongs to Me’ that sparked quite a fire in the music industry and ranked at number three on the ‘U.S. Billboards Hot R&B Songs’ chart.
  • // 2014
    She returned to the big screen the following year in the movie ‘Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor’. The year 2014 was equally successful for her as she recorded a cover of Coldplay’s ‘Magic’ which topped the ‘Billboard Trending 140 Chart’.
  • // 2015
    She made her debut in the Broadway musical ‘Chicago’ in 2015. In the musical she played the lead character, Roxie Hart. Later in 2016, she played the lead role in the TV series ‘Zoe Ever After’, which she co-produced. The same year, she went on the Slayana World Tour, which was largely based in Europe.
  • // 2017
    In 2017, she participated in the cokking show ‘My Kitchen Rules’ where she competed with her younger sibling, Ray J.

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Brandy Norwood's FAQ

  • What is Brandy Norwood birthday?

    Brandy Norwood was born at 1979-02-11

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    Brandy Norwood was born in McComb, Mississippi, United States

  • What is Brandy Norwood nationalities?

    Brandy Norwood's nationalities is American

  • Who is Brandy Norwood siblings?

    Brandy Norwood's siblings is Ray J

  • What was Brandy Norwood universities?

    Brandy Norwood studied at Pepperdine University

  • How tall is Brandy Norwood?

    Brandy Norwood's height is 170

  • Who is Brandy Norwood's father?

    Brandy Norwood's father is Willie Norwood

  • Who is Brandy Norwood's mother?

    Brandy Norwood's mother is Sonja Norwood

  • What is Brandy Norwood's sun sign?

    Brandy Norwood is Aquarius

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