Brandy Norwood

American singer and actress (born 1979)

Brandy Rayana Norwood (born February 11, 1979), professionally known as Brandy, is an American singer, songwriter, record producer, dancer, and actress.

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Norwood performing in 2019
Brandy Rayana Norwood

(1979-02-11) February 11, 1979 (age 45)
Other names
  • B Rocka
  • Bran'Nu
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • actress
  • model
  • record producer
Years active1993–present
Partner(s)Quentin Richardson (2004)
Ryan Press (2012–14)[1]
RelativesRay J (brother)
AwardsList of awards and nominations
Musical career

Brandy became famous as a teenager in the early 90s with the debut Brandy which received a platinum certification in the US. In 1997 she became the first African American in history to play the role of Cinderella in the movie with the same title.[2] Her second album Never Say Never followed which sold over 16 million copies worldwide. A couple of highly successful singles were released from the record, including "The Boy Is Mine", a duet with Monica, which spent 13 weeks at number one on the US singles chart.[3] In 1999 Brandy starred in the horror movie I Still Know What You Did Last Summer. Brandy earned the title "Princess of R&B" due to her success in the 1990s. She starred in the sitcom Moesha as the title character.[4]

Her third album Full Moon was released in 2002. The album went platinum a month after its release. The follow-up titled Afrodisiac was released in 2004. Thereafter Brandy's career suffered from several setbacks, most notably the 2006 car accident where another driver was killed. The singer's sixth album was expected for release in 2012.

To date, Brandy has sold over 30 million records worldwide which makes her one of the best-selling female artists in she is top teen music history.[5] In 2010 she was ranked amongst the 50 most successful teenagers in American history.[6]

Brandy was a contestant in the late 2010 season of Dancing with the Stars.





Additional releases



  1. "Brandy Explains Why She Doesn't Date Or Ever Want To Get Married". Essence.
  2. Daniels, Karu F. (1999). Brandy: An Intimate Look. Andrews McMeel Publishing. p. 48.
  3. Jim Farber (February 6, 2002). "At age 21, the N.J.-based producer is king of his world". New York Daily News. Archived from the original on October 10, 2008. Retrieved April 22, 2008.
  4. "Brandy - Actress, Singer -". Bio. A&E Television Networks, LLC. Archived from the original on July 16, 2016. Retrieved July 8, 2016.
  5. Hebert, Chris. "Dancing With The Stars - The Stars - Brandy". ABC. Archived from the original on December 13, 2010. Retrieved September 9, 2010.
  6. "The Top 50 R&B / Hip-Hop Artists of the Past 25 Years - The Juice". November 18, 2010. Archived from the original on April 11, 2012. Retrieved January 17, 2012.