[159][160] The couple kept their relationship secret until February 2002, when Norwood announced that she was expecting her first child. [14] Norwood's interest in music and performing increased after becoming a fan of singer Whitney Houston at the age of seven,[15][16] but at school, she experienced trouble with persuading teachers to send her on auditions as she found no support among the staff. After several lawsuits stemming from the accident, Norwood's fifth album, Human (2008), was released to commercial failure. However, a year after the birth of their daughter, Sy'rai Iman Smith, on June 16, 2002, an event tracked by the four-part MTV reality series Brandy: Special Delivery—Norwood and Smith separated. "[197] Kelly Rowland cited Norwood, who also wrote and produced for Rowland's debut album, as one of the inspirations for her second studio album Ms. Kelly (2007). "Brandy (You're a Fine Girl)" is a 1972 song by the American pop rock band Looking Glass, from their debut album, Looking Glass. He didn’t give me teenybopper records. [8] While recording her vocals with him, Norwood was inspired by several singers, citing Whitney Houston and gospel group The Clark Sisters as major inspirations, particularly on "Movin' On. "[3][7], Atlantic consulted relatively unknown then-21-year-old writer-producer Keith Crouch, nephew of gospel singer Andraé Crouch, to work with Norwood on the bulk of the throwback, funk-soul production of the album. "[70] While the album failed to chart, it produced three promotional singles, including the joint track "Talk to Me". [142], However, a source in the California Highway Patrol later reported that Aboudihaj actually struck the car in front of her and then slammed on her brakes before Norwood made contact. [158] Her lyrics spoke of various types of love, from casual and friendly love to romantic and spiritual affairs. LATEST HEADLINES. "The 50 Best R&B Albums of the '90s13. "[181], Afrodisiac has been credited as one of predecessors to the Alternative R&B subgenre. I listened to [Afrodisiac] every day [while in the studio]. Was one of my inspirations when writting Baduism. [69] Critics such as The Washington Post declared it an "awkward and adorable and really, really wholesome collection. After signing with Atlantic Records in 1993, she released her self-titled debut album the following year, which sold six million copies worldwide. [167], Brandy also names her father, vocal coach Willie Norwood, as instrumental to her discovery and development as a musician. Throughout the 2000s, Norwood held a precarious position in the pop industry. Brandy has been at the forefront of a few cultural resets over the course of her over-25-year career. It was a good thing, because I could do what I had to do, because I wanted to sing [...] When Thea was canceled I was like, ‘Okay, I can now put all my focus into my album’. [158] Influenced by Houston and Carey, she incorporated adult contemporary pop and an emphasis on smooth, mature R&B ballads into the sound for her second studio album Never Say Never. für Sag niemals nie) ist das zweite Studioalbum der US-amerikanischen Sängerin Brandy.Enthalten sind unter anderem die Hit-Singles Have You Ever, The Boy Is Mine und Top of the World.Das Album erschien 1998 wurde hauptsächlich von Darkchild produziert. [39] Released as the album's first single in Europe and Oceania, the song became an instant international success overseas, scoring top-ten entries on the majority of all charts it appeared on.[40]. The song was written by Norwood along with DJ Camper, Kim Krysiuk, Al Sherrod Lambert and Charles McAllister, with production also handled by Camper. The album, a collaboration with producers Timbaland and Kanye West, utilized the distinctive illbient aesthetic, which fuses ambient pop, dub, and breakbeat soundscapes with progressive sampling methods. [14] In 1996, she had a brief relationship with future Los Angeles Lakers player Kobe Bryant, whom she accompanied to his prom at Lower Merion High School in Ardmore, Pennsylvania. At first, I didn't like my own voice, but he encouraged me to embrace the unique qualities of my voice.”[168], While developing her own style and vocal sound, Brandy would credit gospel-jazz singer Kim Burrell, new age artist Enya, and English singer-songwriter Sade as major influences. About her dad, Brandy states: “I grew up singing in church with my dad, where he was the musical director and we sang gospel songs in a cappella almost exclusively. Aboudihaj's parents filed a $50 million wrongful death lawsuit against Norwood. [10], Norwood's self titled album consists mostly of street-oriented R&B songs with influences from hip hop soul. The album was a melding of both Norwood's 1990s R&B sound and the bass-heavy trends of post-2000s contemporary hip-hop. [199] When discussing the work on her debut project H.E.R., singer H.E.R., who worked with the producer DJ Camper, revealed that Brandy was a "huge inspiration" to her, and that her being inspired Brandy impacted her musical output. "[17] [6][7] Her work has earned her numerous awards and accolades, including a Grammy Award, an American Music Award, and seven Billboard Music Awards. Upon release, Brandy received generally positive reviews from music critics, who complimented Norwood's appearance, as well as the album's timeless appeal. [82] A moderate commercial success, it was viewed as a humble comeback from Norwood, reaching number three on the US Billboard 200, and the top of the Billboard US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. “People need to understand that it's very real and it's not something that you judge," she wrote. b7 is Brandy’s first album since 2012’s Two Eleven and features her Chance the Rapper collaboration “Baby Mama,” as well as “Love Again” with Daniel Caesar, which was released last July. "I Wanna Be Down" was chosen as the album's lead single, reaching the top ten in the United States and the top 20 in Australia and New Zealand and the top 40 in the United Kingdom. [28] In the United Kingdom, Brandy never got higher than number 119 on the UK Albums Chart, but sold more than 60,000 copies, resulting in a silver certification from the British Phonographic Industry (BPI). The R&B legend dropped her new … Brandy, "Celebrities Congratulate Brandy on 20 Years & She Reacts! This album takes me back to '94 and sophomore year in high school. "[188] R&B singer Melanie Fiona, especially admired the singer's work on that album. [108] In March, Norwood sued Chameleon Entertainment Group and its president, Breyon Prescott, after the label reportedly refused to allow her to record and release new albums. [83], In March 2013, Norwood returned to film, joining an ensemble cast consisting of Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Lance Gross and Vanessa L. Williams in Tyler Perry's drama Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor. [2] The same year, Stokes arranged the production of a demo tape which was handed over to Atlantic Recording Corporation executives. [3] In 1993, amid ongoing negotiations with East West Records, Norwood's parents organized a recording contract with Atlantic after auditioning for the company's director of A&R, Darryl Williams. A departure from her previous work, Norwood co-wrote and co-produced the majortity of the album, which was chiefly produced by Darhyl Camper. Brandy has released five full-lengths since her debut, and is in the early process of recording Album No. She performed "Borderline", 1999 single "Almost Doesn't Count" and premiered new single "No [45] Despite the negative publicity, Afrodisiac became Norwood's most critically acclaimed album,[46] with some highlighting the "more consistently mature and challenging" effect of Timbaland on Norwood's music,[47] and others calling it "listenable and emotionally resonant", comparing it to "Janet Jackson at her best. [66], In April 2010, Norwood and Ray J debuted in the VH1 reality series Brandy and Ray J: A Family Business along with their parents. Her third and fourth albums, Full Moon (2002) and Afrodisiac (2004), were released to critical success. "[23] Brandy went on to sell over six million copies worldwide,[24] and produced three top ten hits on the Billboard Hot 100, including "I Wanna Be Down" and "Baby", both of which reached the top of the Hot R&B Singles chart and were certified gold and platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America. 1st & Love Lyrics: I ain't gettin' no younger / So boy, when I say love / I don't say it just to say love / I know better / If you never showed love / Don't think I woulda known love / Gotta put it In an interview with Rolling Stone, Brandy said she started the process for the album about three years […] [110], In January 2017, Norwood competed with her brother Ray J on the FOX reality cooking series My Kitchen Rules. [9] A then 16-year-old Robin Thicke scored his first co-writing credit on the album with "Love Is on My Side". 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