Brandy Norwood an American singer, songwriter, record producer. Brandy Norwood Parents, Family Life & Biography Read all about here.In June 2022, Norwood announced her major label return after signing with Motown Records under which she is expected to prepare her eighth studio album.
Her self-titled debut album was released in 1994 by Atlantic Records and sold six million copies. Her portrayal of the title character in the sitcom ‘Moesha’ received widespread acclaim. Her duet with Monica, ‘The Boy is Mine,’ received worldwide acclaim and eventually aided her second album. Brandy Norwood Parents, Family Life & Biography
Brandy Norwood Family Details and Biography
|Real Name||Brandy Norwood|
|Birthdate||11 February 1979|
|Age (2022)||43 years|
|Place of Birth||McComb, Mississippi, United States|
|Marital Status||Not Married|
|Spouse/Partner||Kobe Bryant (Ex. Boyfriend)|
Wanya Morris (Ex. Boyfriend )
Flo Rida in 2010
|Children||Sy’rai Iman Smith|
|Father Name||Willie Norwood|
|Mother Name||Sonja Norwood|
|Net Worth||$12 Million|
Brandy Norwood Family Life and Parents
Brandy Norwood Parents are Sonja Norwood (Mother) and Willie Norwood (Father).Her father was a well-known gospel singer, and her mother, Sonja, was a former district manager for ‘H&R Block.’ She grew up with her younger brother, William Ray Norwood Jr., later known as ‘Ray J.’ Ray J was as interested in music as his sister was.
She began singing in the church choir with her father. She later moved to Los Angeles, California, with her parents in 1983. She attended the ‘Hollywood High Performing Arts Center’ there. Teaspoon Productions discovered her and quickly hired her as a backing vocalist for Chris Stokes and Earl Harris’ boy band ‘Immature.’ Her parents then helped her sign a recording contract with ‘Atlantic Recoding Corporation.’
Her mother quit her lucrative job to manage Norwood. As a result, Brandy dropped out of school and began studying at home with a tutor. Prior to beginning her music career, she was a secondary character in the ABC TV show ‘Thea,’ which premiered to critical acclaim but was later cancelled after its initial ratings began to dwindle.
Brandy Norwood Parents Ethnicity, Nationality
Brandy Norwood holds an American nationality and belongs to a black ethnic background.
Brandy Norwood Husband and Kids
She dated Kobe Bryant, a Los Angeles Lakers player, at the start of her music career, but the couple split up soon after. She later dated singer Wanya Morris before moving on to American rapper Mase. She dated Kobe Bryant, a Los Angeles Lakers player, at the start of her music career, but the couple split up soon after. She later dated singer Wanya Morris before dating American rapper Mase. In 2010, she was also linked to rapper Flo Rida.
Brandy Norwood Professional Career
Keith Crouch and the R&B group ‘Somethin’ for the People’ mentored her on her debut album. The self-titled album featured a street-like breezy hip-hop edge to rhythm-and-blues. The album ‘Brandy’ was released in 1994 and did extremely well. She reached number 20 on the ‘US Billboard 200’ chart. The album sold six million copies, and the singles ‘Baby’ and ‘I Wanna Be Down’ charted in the top ten of the ‘Billboard Hot 100.’
She opened for Boyz II Men on their national tour and even sang for the Hollywood films ‘Batman Forever’ and ‘Waiting to Exhale’ in 1995.She had a starring role in the sitcom ‘Moesha’ in 1996. In the teen series, she co-starred with Sheryl Lee Ralph and William Allen Young. The show ran for six seasons and inspired a spin-off called ‘The Parkers.’
‘Never Say Never,’ her second album, was released in 1998. ‘The Boy Is Mine,’ a duet from the album, became her first song to top the ‘US Billboard Hot 100.’ She went on a world tour to promote her album the same year. Her third album, ‘Full Moon,’ was released in 2002. It did not fare as well as her previous two albums. ‘Afrodisiac,’ released in 2004, received widespread critical acclaim and vaulted her back into the ranks of the music industry’s elite.
With her continued success as a singer and actress, she was the first choice to judge the talent show ‘America’s Got Talent’ in its first season, alongside David Hasselhoff and Piers Morgan.Simultaneously, she began work on her fifth album, ‘Human,’ for Epic Records. The lead single from the album, ‘Right Here (Departed),’ topped the ‘Hot Dance Club Play’ music chart.
By 2011, she had joined the comedy series ‘The Game,’ where she played Chardonnay as a recurring character in the first season before becoming a regular.In October 2012, she released her sixth studio album, ‘Two Eleven,’ which debuted at number three on the ‘US Billboard 200.’The following year, she appeared in the film ‘Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor.’ Her 2014 year was equally fruitful, as she recorded a cover of Coldplay’s ‘Magic,’ which topped the ‘Billboard Trending 140 Chart.’
In 2015, she made her Broadway debut in the musical ‘Chicago.’ Roxie Hart, the lead character in the musical, was played by her. Later that year, she co-produced and starred in the TV series ‘Zoe Ever After.’ The following year, she embarked on the Slayana World Tour, which was primarily based in Europe. In 2017, she competed on the cooking show ‘My Kitchen Rules’ with her younger brother, Ray J.
Awards & Achievements
Brandy won her first award at the Billboard Awards in 1995. She won several awards at the American Music Awards, including ‘Favorite Soul/R&B New Artist’ in 1996. In 1998, she won ‘Outstanding R&B Album’ at the California Music Awards for ‘Never Say Never,’ and she also won ‘Best-selling Album by an International Newcomer’ at the ECHO Awards.In 1999, she received the prestigious Grammy Award for ‘Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals’ for the song “The Boy is Mine.”
As an actress, she received her first award as ‘Outstanding New Artist’ at the NAACP Image Awards in 1996, and she also received the award for ‘Outstanding Youth Actress’ for ‘Moesha’ in 1997. Brandy went on to win the award for ‘Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series’ in 2014 for her work on the show ‘The Game.’