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Brandy Biography: Career, Songs, Albums, and Awards

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Brandy Rayana Norwood, better known by her stage name Brandy, was born on February 11, 1979, in McComb, Mississippi. Her mother, Sonja (Bates), was a district manager for H&R Block, and her father, William Ray Norwood Sr., was a member of the gospel group The Composers and a choir director.

Norwood was a musical prodigy who began singing solos in her church choir when she was two years old. In 1983, the family moved to Carson, California, where Norwood participated in local talent shows and sang in a singing group.


Brandy Norwood, then eleven years old, signed her first recording contract with Teaspoon Productions in 1990 and performed background vocals for the boy band Immature. Norwood signed with Atlantic Records in 1993, after graduating from Hollywood High Performing Arts Center in Los Angeles and finishing her high school education through private tutoring. Her first acting role was in Thea, an ABC network sitcom (1993-1994).

Brandy (1994), Norwood’s debut album, was certified six times platinum after selling over six million copies worldwide. In 1995, Norwood toured as the opening act for Boys II Men, and in 1996, she was cast as the lead in the UPN network show Moesha (1996-2001).

In 1997, the Norwood family established The Norwood Kids Foundation. In Los Angeles and Mississippi, the organization assists disadvantaged and at-risk youth. Norwood was cast as Cinderella in the two-hour Wonderful World of Disney television production that same year, alongside producer Whitney Houston. Never Say Never (1998) was her most successful album, selling over 15 million copies worldwide.

Norwood made her film debut in I Still Know What You Did Last Summer (1998) and her executive producer debut in Double Platinum with Diana Ross (1999). Norwood’s third album, Full Moon, was released in 2002, and she starred in her own MTV network reality series Diary Presents Brandy: Special Delivery, which ended with the birth of her first child, Sy’rai.

Afrodisiac (2004), her fourth album, was certified gold after selling over 500,000 copies. Norwood’s contract with Atlantic Records expired in 2004, and by 2006, she was starring in the UPN network sitcom One on One alongside her brother Ray J, and she was a judge on the first season of America’s Got Talent on the NBC network.

Norwood’s fifth album, Human (2008), was released by Epic Records, and she began rapping under the alias Bran’Nu in 2009. She appeared in the VH1 reality series Brandy and Ray J: A Family Business with her brother and parents in 2010, and she competed in season 11 of Dancing With The Stars. In 2011, she released her sixth album, Two Eleven, and in 2015, she made her Broadway debut in the play Chicago.

B7, Norwood’s seventh album, was released after a long hiatus (2020). She has won several awards, including an American Music Award, seven Billboard Music Awards, and a Grammy. Norwood is related to wrestler Sasha Banks and rapper Snoop Dogg, in addition to her famous brother. She currently lives in California and works in music, fashion, and production.



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