Brandy Norwood is an American artist, known for the song ‘The Boy Is Mine’ released in 1998. The singer was given the title of ‘Vocal Bible’ due to the distinctive sound she makes and even the quality of her voice. Brandy’s musical career is a successful one, both commercially and critically. Aside from her music career, Brandy is also an actor and has acted in both movies and TV shows.
Even her acting career has been a successful one. Her acting debut in the sitcom ‘Moesha’ won her an NAACP Image award. After this there followed various other acting roles. She has starred in ‘I know what you did last summer’ as Karla Wilson. Brandy has also appeared in many famous TV shows such as Dancing with the Stars and America’s Got Talent (as a judge). Before she signed with the ‘Atlantic Records’ label (at 14), she used to work as a Backing vocalist. She signed with the record label in 1993 and released her first studio album ‘Brandy’.
For Brandy, the real breakthrough came with her 1998 released single ‘The boy is mine’ which was a duet with Monica (an R&B contemporary artist ). The single or the duet is one of the greatest of all time. Her music career took off from there on. The next album which was her second album ‘Never Say Never’ won her a Grammy award. Since that her other albums have also gained critical acclaim.
Recently Brandy signed with a new record label ‘Motown’ and is expected to be working on her next album, which will be the eighth album. Her albums have sold millions and in total as of present, Brandy has released a total of 7 studio albums.
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Brandy Norwood Net Worth
Since the release of her debut album, Brandy has never failed to sell a million copies. Her first studio album ‘Brandy’ sold around 6 million copies. This is why she is included in the list of top-selling artists in the US. In addition to that, Brandy also has a great acting career which is enough to make her millions. Her albums have been commercially successful for the most part.
Brandy Norwood’s annual salary is estimated to be 1 million dollars and an estimated net worth of 12 million dollars.
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Brandy Norwood Early Life
Brandy Norwood was born on the 11th of February in Mississippi. Her middle name is Rayana. Brandy’s father is Willie Norwood, a gospel singer and choir director while her mother is Sonja Norwood, who worked as a district manager. Brandy has been musically influenced since she was born. Her home itself is filled with musically involved people, for example, her father. She is also related to Snoop Dogg (cousin).
While she was only two years old, she started singing in the local church as her father worked in it. At the age of 4, her family moved to California. There she attended the Hollywood High Performing Arts Centre. And at the age of 7, Brandy got more into music after she started listening to Whitney Houston. It influenced her further to take up music seriously. She wanted to audition but due to a lack of support from her school, she was not able to. Brandy started performing at talent shows and public functions even. When she was 11 years old she started working as a backing vocalist for a boyband. However with her parent’s help, at 14 she finally signed a contract with a proper record label ‘Atlantic Recording corporation’. From thereon her successful music career took off.
As for her education, she attended Hollywood High school till 9th grade. From 10th grade, she was tutored privately as her music career started going big. Even her mother left her job to manage her. Brandy has had a very young start in her career.
Brandy Norwood Personal Life
Brandy since she has been in the public has had quite several link-ups. She has been engaged twice, once with Basketball player Quentin Richardson from 2004 to 2005 and the other one with the music executive Ryan Press from 2012-2014. Brandy has a daughter named Sy’rai born in 2004 to Robert Smith, with whom she started dating in 2001. But they have never been married even though Brandy mentioned she had later she revealed that they were not.
Currently, since calling it quits with Ryan Press in 2014, Brandy is single as far as anyone knows.