Brandy (US R&B singer)

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Stage Name: Brandy Real Name: Brandy Rayana Norwood (Married Name: Smith) Birthdate: February 11, 1979 in McComb, Mississippi, USA

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Brandy Rayana Norwood (born February 11, 1979), also known as Brandy or Bran'Nu, is an American recording artist and entertainer. Born into a musical family in McComb, Mississippi and raised in Carson, California, she enrolled in performing arts schools as a child and performed as a backing vocalist for teen groups. From 1993 to 1994, Norwood appeared in a supporting role on the short-lived ABC sitcom Thea and signed with Atlantic Records. The following year, she released her self-titled debut album; singles "I Wanna Be Down" and "Baby" peaked atop the Billboard Hot R&B Singles chart. Norwood starred in the UPN sitcom Moesha as the title character, which lasted six seasons and resulted in roles in the 1998 horror sequel, I Still Know What You Did Last Summer, and the TV films Cinderella (1997) and Double Platinum (1999). She resumed her music career in 1998 with the widely successful duet with Monica, "The Boy Is Mine", and her second album, Never Say Never.

Throughout the 2000s, Norwood experienced career and commercial turbulence. In 2002, she starred in the reality series Brandy: Special Delivery. Her third and fourth albums, Full Moon (2002) and Afrodisiac (2004), were released to critical and commercial success. She served as a judge on the first season of America's Got Talent before being involved in a widely-publicized car accident in 2006. After several lawsuits stemming from the accident, Norwood's fifth album Human was released in 2008. In 2010, she returned to television as a contestant on the eleventh season of Dancing with the Stars and starred in the reality series Brandy & Ray J: A Family Business with younger brother Ray J. In 2011, she began a recurring role on Drop Dead Diva and released her sixth album, Two Eleven, the following year.

Within pop music, Norwood has become known for her distinctive sound, characterized by her peculiar timbre, voice-layering, intricate riffs, and beat-driven R&B. She has since been signed to both Epic Records and RCA Records, where she has acquired a catalogue of hits with singles such as "What About Us?," "Talk About Our Love," and "Put It Down" being her most successful. She has sold over 8.62 million copies of her first five studio albums in the United States, and over 30 million records worldwide. Her work has earned her numerous awards and accolades, including a Grammy Award, three American Music Awards, and seven Billboard Music Awards.

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Discography

Album

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1994 Brandy Brandy 2
1998 Never Say Never Brandy 3 1
2002 Full Moon Brandy 3 3
2004 Afrodisiac Brandy 3
2008 Human Brandy 1
2012 Two Eleven Brandy 2

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
2005 The Best of Brandy Compilation Brandy 2

Album + Remix

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
2004 Who Is She 2 U Remix Brandy 1

Single

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1994 I Wanna Be Down Brandy 1
1994 Baby Brandy 2
1995 Best Friend Brandy 1
1995 Sittin' Up in My Room Brandy 1
1995 Brokenhearted Brandy 2
1996 Missing You Brandy, Tamia, Gladys Knight & Chaka Khan 1
1998 The Boy Is Mine Brandy & Monica 6
1998 U Don't Know Me (Like U Used To) Brandy 1
1998 Top of the World Brandy 1
1998 Have You Ever Brandy 1
1999 Almost Doesn't Count Brandy 1
2001 Another Day in Paradise Brandy & Ray J 2
2002 Full Moon Brandy 5
2004 Talk About Our Love Brandy 2
2012 Put It Down Brandy feat. Chris Brown 1
2012 Wildest Dreams Brandy 1

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