Podcast with R & B Superstar BRANDY
R & B superstar Brandy Norwood discusses her incredible music career, her new album and her mentor Whitney Houston.
Brandy will be appearing at the Venue at the Horseshoe Casino in Hammond, Indiana on Saturday, January 19, 2013. For more information, visit click here.
In 1993, Brandy Rayana Norwood signed a recording contract with Atlantic Records, releasing her self-titled debut album a year after, which was a commercial success with two number one singles on the Billboard Hot R&B Singles chart—”I Wanna Be Down”, and “Baby”. She went on to release the widely successful single, “The Boy Is Mine”, a duet with singer Monica, and her multi-platinum second album Never Say Never in 1998. Norwood garnered critical acclaim with subsequent albums Full Moon (2002), Afrodisiac (2004), Human (2008), and Two Eleven (2012), though experiencing career and commercial turbulence throughout the 2000s. Within pop music, she has become known for her distinctive sound, characterised by her peculiar timbre, voice-layering, melodic 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?”, “Full Moon”, and “Put It Down” being her most successful.
Apart from her work in music, Norwood is widely known for her reality series Brandy: Special Delivery (2002) and Brandy & Ray J: A Family Business, co–starring her younger brother Ray J, as well as her roles as judge on the premiere season of America’s Got Talent and a contestant on the eleventh season of Dancing with the Stars. She has sold over 8.62 million copies of her first five studio albums in the United States, and over 30 million records worldwide. Additionally, she has won over 100 awards as a recording artist. In 1999, Billboard ranked Norwood among the top 20 of the Top Pop Artists of the 1990s. In 2010, Billboard included Norwood in their Top 50 R&B and Hip Hop Artists list of the past 25 years.