Brandy Norwood

Born Feb 11, 1979

Brandy Rayana Norwood, known professionally as Brandy or Bran'Nu, is an American recording artist and actress. Born into a musical family in McComb, Mississippi and raised in Carson, California, she enrolled in performing arts schools as a child. In 1993, Norwood appeared as a supporting role on the short-lived ABC sitcom Thea and signed a recording contract with Atlantic Records.… Read More

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    Huffington Post - Mar 20, 2015
  • Brandy Performs Surprise Concert For 40 In 90,000 Seat Stadium
    Yahoo News - Aug 23, 2013
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    Huffington Post - Apr 10, 2013
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1979 Birth Norwood was born on February 11, 1979, in McComb, Mississippi, the daughter of Willie Norwood, a former gospel singer and choir director, and his wife, Sonja Norwood (née Bates), a former district manager for H&R Block. … Read More
1983 4 Years Old In 1983, her parents relocated to Los Angeles, California, where Norwood was schooled at the Hollywood High Performing Arts Center. … Read More


1990 - 1995 3 More Events
In 1996, Norwood also collaborated with Tamia, Chaka Khan, and Gladys Knight on the single "Missing You", released from the soundtrack of the F. Gary Gray film Set It Off. … Read More
1997 18 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1997, Norwood was hand-picked by producer Whitney Houston to play the title character in Rodgers and Hammerstein’s television version of Cinderella featuring a multicultural cast that also included Jason Alexander, Whoopi Goldberg, and Houston. … Read More
1998 19 Years Old Fledgling producer Rodney "Darkchild" Jerkins was consulted to contribute to Norwood's second album Never Say Never, which was released in June 1998. … Read More


1999 - 2001 3 More Events
Full Moon, Norwood's third studio album, was released in February 2002. … Read More
In 2004 Smith revealed that the pair had never been legally wed, but that they had pretended to marry to preserve Norwood's public image. … Read More
2005 - 2006 3 More Events
2007 28 Years Old 1 More Event
…  Filed on January 30, 2007, the lawsuit was initially set to go to trial in April 2009, but was eventually canceled as Norwood had settled extrajudicially with Aboudihaj's parents. … Read More


2009 30 Years Old In December 2009, she officially introduced her rapping alter-ego Bran'Nu with two credits on Timbaland's album Timbaland Presents Shock Value 2, and was cast in the pilot episode for the ABC series This Little Piggy, also starring Rebecca Creskoff and Kevin Rahm, which was recast the following year.
In 2010, she briefly dated rapper Flo Rida, though their mild flirtation did not lead to a romance.
2011 32 Years Old 1 More Event
In August 2011, it was confirmed that Norwood had signed a joint record deal with RCA Records and producer Breyon Prescott's Chameleon Records. … Read More
2012 33 Years Old 1 More Event
In February 2012, Norwood reteamed with Monica on "It All Belongs to Me", which was released as a single from the latter's album New Life. … Read More
2013 34 Years Old 1 More Event
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. … Read More
2014 35 Years Old 1 More Event
In April 2014, Norwood called off her engagement with Press following their breakup earlier that year. … Read More
…  In April 2015, Norwood made her Broadway debut in the musical Chicago. … Read More
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