Brandy Norwood was born on Feb 11, 1979, as Brandy Rayana Norwood in McComb Mississippi. She is a brilliant singer, record producer, actress, and songwriter from the United States. She opened her eyes to a family that had a great love for music. The talented black beauty grew up in the pleasant environment of Carson, California. She is mostly named by the stage caption Brandy. Norwood stepped into the world of professionalism when she was a little child. He used to work as a backing vocalist for different teen groups.
Rayana’s career took a positive turn when she signed a contract with Atlantic Records, a famous record label established in October 1947. Soon after getting into a deal, Brandy launched her debut album in collaboration with the Atlantic Records. The album garnered great admiration from around the world and received quadruple Platinum certification in the United States. More than six million copies of the first studio album have been sold thus far. The United Paramount Network or UPN featured her in their sitcom titled ‘Moesha’. She played many other key roles in leading television series.
In 1998, she returned to the music industry with a bang. She launched the best-ever duet titled ‘The Boy is Mine’ with Monica. This song played the role of a backbone in establishing Brandy as a globally recognized singer. This became the best-selling song in the United States. Furthermore, it became the longest-running track in American music history. The second album of the talented girl went out under the caption ‘Never Say Never’. It was a big commercial success with more than 16 million copies sold worldwide. Two singles from this collection peaked the Billboard. The same album earned Brandy her first-ever Grammy Award.
Who are Brandy Norwood’s Parents?
The 40-year old lady was born to Willie Norwood and Sonja Norwood. Her father served as a choir director and gospel singer. He was an honorable man in the community. Brandy’s mother, Sonja, served as a district manager for the HR Block. Very few people know that Rayana is the elder sister of famous entertainer Ray J. She is also the first cousin of popular WWE wrestler named Sasha Banks and rap music artist Snoop Dogg. It reveals that she belongs to a family of entertainers.
After being born in a Christian family, Brandy grew up taking part in managing local Church activities. She performed the first gospel solo surprisingly when she was just two years old. Her parents moved to Los Angeles, California in 1983. After moving to LA, Brandy attended the Hollywood High Performing Center of Arts. She became a big fan of American singer Whitney Houston, which added more to her thirst for singing. By the age of eleven, Norwood started taking part in talent shows and youth singing groups. She got the opportunity to showcase her amazing singing talent at different public events.
In 1990, the amazing lady signed a contract with Earl Harris and Chris Stokes to perform as a backing vocalist for R&B band known as ‘Immature’. Norwood’s father and mother helped her sign a contract with Atlantic Records Corporation in 1993. Brandy’s mother resigned from her regular job in order to work as a manager for her daughter. The young singer dropped out of her school to pursue a career in the music industry.
Norwood also worked in the ABC television network’s sitcom ‘Thea’. She played the role of a single mother’s daughter in that particular TV series. Her performance in the drama earned her many great recognitions and awards.
Brandy stepped into the world of music with her self-titled debut studio album ‘Brandy’. It was released on Sep27, 1994, by Atlantic Records in North America. The official release of the same album took place on Dec 5, 1994, in the United Kingdom. Likewise, the album got released in many other regions including several countries of Europe. It contained some of the most exciting musical hits from Norwood. The second studio album of Brandy rolled out on Jun 9, 1998, under the heading ‘Never Say Never’.
In 2002, the amazing lady released her third studio album with the title ‘Full Moon’. It was released on March 5 by Atlantic Records. It garnered critical acclaim not just within the United States, but all across the globe. The ‘Afrodisiac’, Brandy’s fourth studio collection, was officially launched on Jun 28, 2004. Songs of this specific album were recorded in Los Angeles from 2003 to 2004. The album caused many important changes in Brandy’s professional and personal life.
After a four year break, the singer released her fifth studio album ‘Human’ in December 2008. First, it was released in France, following international releases in 2009. The next striking musical collection came out in the form of ‘Two Eleven’, which was Brandy’s 6th studio album launched on Oct 12, 2012. Apart from her album releases, Brandy went on many promotional tours to promote her musical albums.
Who is Brandy Married to?
Brandy dated the handsome Kobe Bryant at the start of the musical journey. He was a player of Los Angeles Lakers. Their relationship didn’t go long way and soon they parted their ways. Next, she spent loveable time with Wanya Morris and rapper Mase. The smart and talented singer has also been involved in a relationship with the producer Robert Smith. Another handsome guy that she has been hanging out with is Quentin Richardson, who was the NBA guard for Los Angeles Clippers. She has been in brief relationships with many men in the past.
Once she got engaged to Ryan Press at the end of 2012. However, they didn’t have a good understanding and decided to break up. Both of them parted their ways in April 2014. Brandy is not married to anyone until today.
How much is Brandy Norwood's Net Worth?
Norwood has a very successful professional career as a singer. She has released successful music albums in the last few years. Her work has received critical acclaim not just in the United States, but from all across the globe. The hardworking girl is estimated to have a total net worth of $14 Million. She has made all this money from her professional singing career.