Brandy

Singer, Actor, Producer
Brandy's deep, raspy voice and hip girl-next-door appeal was like a breath of fresh air from the heavy rap, sugary pop and alternative rock music that dominated the charts in the early 1990s. She was the voice behind ... Read more »
Born: 02/11/1979 in McComb, Mississippi, USA

Filmography

Actor (91)

America's Got Talent 1995 - 2001, 2005 - 2006, 2012 - 2013, 2015 - 2016 (Tv Show)

Actor

Moesha 1995 - 2001, 2005 - 2006, 2012 - 2013, 2015 - 2016 (Tv Show)

Actor

New York Undercover 1995 - 2001, 2005 - 2006, 2012 - 2013, 2015 - 2016 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Game 1995 - 2001, 2012 - 2013, 2015 - 2016 (Tv Show)

Actor

Zoe Ever After 2015 - 2016 (TV Show)

Actor

BET Hip Hop Awards 2014 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

Performer

Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood 2014 (Tv Show)

Guest

The Soul Man 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

VH1 Divas 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Actor

The 2012 Billboard Music Awards 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Presenter

The Tonight Show With Jay Leno 2012 (Tv Show)

Performer

Brandy and Ray J: A Family Business 2009 - 2011 (TV Show)

Actor

New Year's Eve Live 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Correspondent

VH1 Divas Salute the Troops 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Presenter

2010 VH1 Hip Hop Honors: The Dirty South 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

Dancing With the Stars 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Undateable 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

100 Greatest Teen Stars 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

Oprah Winfrey's Legends' Ball 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

I Love the '90s: Part Deux 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

2004 BET Awards 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

American Dreams 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

The 2004 MTV Video Music Awards 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

The 2004 Miss Teen USA Pageant 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Intimate Portrait: Young Hollywood 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

The 2002 MTV Video Music Awards 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

The 2003 Espy Awards 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

1st Annual BET Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

NAACP Music Image Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Osmosis Jones 2001 (Movie)

of Leah (Voice)

Spring Bling 2001: Beach Towel Throwdown II 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Disney's American Teacher Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

The 2000 Teen Choice Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

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The 27th Annual American Music Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

The 51st Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

50th Emmy Awards 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Brandy's Hip-Hop Pre-Awards Show 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Teen People's 21 Hottest Stars Under 21 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

The 1998 Billboard Music Awards 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

The 1998 MTV Video Music Awards 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

The 1999 Essence Awards 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

The 1999 Teen Choice Awards 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

The 26th Annual American Music Awards 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

The 30th NAACP Image Awards 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

The 41st Annual Grammy Awards 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

The 4th Annual Soul Train Lady of Soul Awards 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

VH1 Divas Live '99 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

ABC in Concert 1990 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

I Still Know What You Did Last Summer 1998 (Movie)

Karla Wilson (Actor)

NBA Team Up Celebration 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Ray J & Brandy in Concert 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

The 1998 MTV Movie Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

The 19th Annual CableACE Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

The Goodwill Games Opening Celebration 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

All-New All-Star TV Censored Blooper-Palooza 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Celebrate the Dream: 50 Years of Ebony 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Nickelodeon's 10th Annual Kids' Choice Awards 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Soul Train Lady of Soul Awards 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Soul Train Music Awards: 11th Anniversary 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

The 10th Essence Awards 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

The 24th Annual American Music Awards 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

The 39th Annual Grammy Awards 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

10th Annual Soul Train Music Awards 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

CityKids All Star Celebration 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Hollywood Lives 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

It's Hot in Here: UPN Fall Preview 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

The 1995 Billboard Music Awards 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

The 23rd Annual American Music Awards 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

The 27th Annual NAACP Image Awards 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

The 38th Annual Grammy Awards 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

The Blockbuster Entertainment Awards 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

1995 NBA All-Star Stay in School Celebration 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

MTV's Spring Break '95 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Nickelodeon's 8th Annual Kids' Choice Awards 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Soul Train Lady of Soul Awards 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

The American Music Awards 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Nickelodeon's 7th Annual Kids' Choice Awards 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Rhythm and Jam 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Thea 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Arachnophobia 1990 (Movie)

Brandy Beechwood (Actor)

Double Platinum (TV Show)

Actor

Intimate Portrait: Brandy (TV Show)

Actor

Last Chance Cafe (TV Show)

Actor
Music (7)

Trainwreck 2015 (Movie)

("The Boy Is Mine") (Song Performer)

Trainwreck 2015 (Movie)

("The Boy Is Mine") (Song)

The Wild Thornberrys Movie 2002 (Movie)

("Dance With Us") (Song Performer)

The Players Club 1998 (Movie)

("I Wanna Be Down") (Song Performer)

Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve '96 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Song Performer

Batman Forever 1995 (Movie)

("Where Are You Now?") (Song Performer)

The 25th Anniversary Essence Awards 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Song Performer

Biography

Brandy's deep, raspy voice and hip girl-next-door appeal was like a breath of fresh air from the heavy rap, sugary pop and alternative rock music that dominated the charts in the early 1990s. She was the voice behind the monster hits, "I Wanna be Down" (1994), and "Sittin' Up in My Room" (1995), radio-friendly ballads that reflected the singer's youthful musings about first loves and heartache. Her 1998 duet with singer, Monica, "The Boy Is Mine," scored Brandy her first No. 1 hit on the Billboard charts. Far from being a one-note, Brandy nabbed the title role on the popular sitcom, "Moesha" (UPN, 1996-2001), as a trendy teenager navigating her way around high school. With an image less diva than Mariah Carey yet more urban than Whitney Houston, Brandy became a role model anyone's mother could easily approve of. But her red-hot career cooled in the 2000s, coinciding with personal setbacks, including unexpected pregnancy, a fake marriage and a tragic 2006 car accident, which resulted in the death of a young mother. The latter incident kept the singer embroiled in legal battles for almost three years before being cleared of all charges in 2007. With a new lease on life, Brandy set out to resuscitate her ailing career by starring in the VH1 reality series, "Brandy & Ray J: A Family Business" (2010- ), and competing on ABC's "Dancing with the Stars" (2005- ). While both projects hardly qualified as major comebacks, they were testaments of the singer's talent and an inner resilience that made the performer truly unique.

Relationships

Ray J Actor

Brother
Born Jan. 17, 1981; appeared on sister's UPN sitcom "Moesha" from 1999-2001

Kobe Bryant Actor

Companion
Attended Bryant's 1996 prom together, however Brandy described relationship as "media-concocted"

Tyrese Gibson Actor

Companion
Briefly dated 2000 No longer together

Wayna Morris Actor

Companion
Dated 1997-98 Morris reportedly ended their relationship a month before Brandy's 19th birthday Breakup inspired some of the songs she co-wrote on second album Never Say Never (1998)

Sonja Norwood Executive Producer

Mother
Born Dec. 5, 1950; left her job at H&R Block to manage her children's entertainment careers

Willie Norwood Executive Producer

Father
Born Nov. 30, 1948; worked as Brandy's vocal coach

Ryan Press

Companion
Announced engagement Dec. 26, 2012

Quentin Richardson Actor

Companion
Began dating 2004 Became engaged later that year Ended 15-month engagement October 2005

Sy'rai Smith

Daughter
Born June 16, 2002; father, Robert Smith

Robert Smith

Companion
Became romantically involved summer 2001 during production of her Full Moon album Revealed February 2002 that they were married and expecting a child together; they documented birth of their daughter with four-part MTV reality series "Special Delivery" Announced split June 2003 Smith later revealed to a New York radio station that they feigned marriage to maintain Brandy's squeaky-clean image

EDUCATION

Hollywood High Performing Arts Center

Los Angeles , California
Dropped out of school to pursue acting and singing and was later tutored privately from tenth grade on

Pepperdine University

Malibu , California

Milestones

2013

Returned to film acting with role in "Tyler Perry's Temptation"

2012

Released comeback album Two Eleven

2011

Landed recurring guest role on "Drop Dead Diva" (Lifetime)

2010

Competed on season 11 of "Dancing with the Stars" (ABC) with professional partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy

2010

Appeared with brother Ray J on VH1 reality series "Brandy and Ray J: A Family Business"

2009

Introduced rapping alter-ego Bran'Nu with two credits on Timbaland's album Timbaland Presents Shock Value 2

2008

Released fifth studio album Human, her first and only release with Epic Records

2006

Cast as one of three talent judges on first season of "America's Got Talent" (NBC)

2004

Received unconditional release from Atlantic Records

2004

Released fourth album Afrodisiac

2002

Released third album Full Moon

2002

Documented birth of her first child with producer/songwriter Robert Smith on MTV reality series "Diary Presents Brandy: Special Delivery"

2001

Voiced Leah in animated feature "Osmosis Jones"

1999

Performed with the likes of Cher, Tina Turner, and Whitney Houston in "VH1 Divas Live '99"

1999

Executive produced and starred opposite Diana Ross in ABC movie "Double Platinum"; first production of Norwood Entertainment Group

1998

Made feature acting debut in "I Still Know What You Did Last Summer"

1998

Released second album Never Say Never, which included "The Boy Is Mine," a Grammy-winning duet with singer Monica

1998

Signed to worldwide modeling contract with prestigious Wilhelmina International agency

1997

Played title role opposite mentor Whitney Houston (as the Fairy Godmother) in ABC remake of "Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella"

1996

Debuted as TV series star on "Moesha," which became first hit sitcom for UPN

1996

Collaborated with Tamia, Chaka Khan, and Gladys Knight on single "Missing You" from "Set It Off" soundtrack

1995

Scored huge hit with single "Sittin' Up in My Room" from "Waiting to Exhale" soundtrack

1995

First feature credit, singing "Where Are You Now" on "Batman Forever" soundtrack

1994

Released debut album Brandy

1993

Signed recording contract with Atlantic Recording Corporation

1993

Made series debut appearing on short-lived ABC sitcom "Thea"

1990

Named Darling of the Brotherhood Crusade; serenaded Arsenio Hall

1983

Moved with family to California

1981

Sang first church solo at age two

Landed gig as backup singer to teen R&B trio Immature

Formed production company Norwood Entertainment Group with mother, father, and brother Ray J

Performed on numerous award shows as part of youth singing group

Bonus Trivia

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Brandy received the Soul Train Lady of Soul "Aretha Franklin Entertainer of the Year Award" in 1996.

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In November 1999, she was briefly hospitalized for dehydration.

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In July 2004, Robert Smith reveled to New York radio stations WBLS and WQHT, that he and Brandy feigned marriage in order to maintain the ''Moesha'' star's squeaky-clean image, after she became pregnant in 2002.

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In response to ex-husband Robert Smith's announcement that he and Brandy were never married: Brandy said she was "hurt and shocked" by Smith's disclosures but did not deny them. She said that, rather than a legal marriage, she and Smith shared a "spiritual union and a true commitment to each other." Plus, she said, "We still share a common bond through our daughter, Sy'rai." She complained, "He is not thinking about her, me, or what we had together. He is trying to destroy my reputation while using me and our daughter to get publicity and radio airplay for his artists. I am stunned that he is being so dirty about it." – statement released by MTV, July 22, 2004

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During late 2006, TMZ.com published the story that Brandy was involved in a car wreck on a Los Angeles freeway on December 30. The accident claimed the life of 38-year-old Awatef Aboudihaj – the driver of the Toyota that was struck by Brandy's Range Rover. Aboudihaj was taken to Holy Cross Hospital in critical condition and died the next day.Following the accident Brandy's publicist released a statement to TMZ confirming her involvement in the fatal crash: "Brandy was involved in a car accident Dec. 30, 2006 in Los Angeles where there was a fatality. She wishes to express her condolences publicly to the family of the deceased. Brandy asks that you respect the privacy of everyone involved at this time". Since the accident there have been multiple lawsuits filed against the singer and several of them have been settled out of court for an undisclosed sum.

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