Whether she was singing pop-friendly urban soul or acting in her own family-oriented sitcom, Brandy's winningly wholesome persona helped catapult her to stardom during her teenage years. She scored the longest-running number one female duet in chart history (teamed with Monica on "The Boy Is Mine"), a testament to her mainstream appeal, and she spent several years as the title character on Moesha, the top-rated series on the fledgling UPN network during the late '90s. As she grew older, her music increasingly mined the middle ground between urban R&B and soft adult contemporary pop, and thanks to her consistent exposure in other arenas, it became more popular than ever.
Brandy Rayana Norwood began singing in church at age two. When she was four, her father was hired as music director at a church in Carson, CA, and after singing a few years later, she decided to pursue a professional singing career, inspired by Whitney Houston. In 1994, Brandy released her self-titled debut album, which immediately produced Billboard Hot 100 Top Ten smashes in "I Wanna Be Down" and "Baby," both of which hit number one on the R&B chart; "Brokenhearted" and "Best Friend" went on to smaller successes, and Brandy went on to sell over four million copies during the next several years.
In 1996, Brandy scored her biggest hit yet with "Sittin' Up In My Room," a song she recorded for the Waiting To Exhale soundtrack; it hit number two pop and number one R&B. Early that year, she also debuted on UPN as the star of Moesha, parlaying her musical success into a concurrent acting career. In1997, she branched out by taking the title role in Disney's made-for-TV version of Cinderella, appearing alongside her idol Whitney Houston; the film's star power and integrated cast made it a significant ratings success. Brandy's second album, 'Never Say Never', was released in the summer of 1998, and its first single, the Monica duet "The Boy Is Mine," was a mammoth hit, topping the Hot 100 for a staggering 13 weeks. In its wake, "Top Of The World" (featuring guest rapper Mase) and "Have You Ever?" were both substantial hits as well, with the latter becoming Brandy's first solo number one Hot 100 hit. 'Never Say Never' spun off an additional three singles - "Almost Doesn't Count," "Angel In Disguise," and "U Don't Know Me (Like U Used To)" - on its way to sales of over five million copies.
Meanwhile, Brandy's acting career continued to blossom; in 1998, she landed her first major theatrical film role in I Still Know What You Did Last Summer, and the following year, she appeared in another TV movie with Diana Ross called Double Platinum. In 2001, Moesha was cancelled and Brandy voiced a character in the animated film Osmosis Jones, and secretly married producer/songwriter Robert Smith. In early 2002, Brandy released her third album, 'Full Moon', which entered the Billboard 200 chart at number two and spun off an immediate hit in "What About Us?." That summer, Brandy gave birth to her first child, and her pregnancy became the subject of an MTV documentary series.
The singer's fourth album, 'Afrodisiac', was released in 2004. Its lead single, "Talk About Our Love," was produced by Kanye West and peaked at number 36 on the Hot 100. Brandy recorded her fifth album, 'Human', an adult contemporary R&B leaning set that was released in December 2008 and peaked at number 15 on the Billboard 200.
In 20100 Brandy starred beside her brother and parents in the VH1 reality television series, Brandy & Ray J: A Family Business.
A household name by way of his literally growing up in the entertainment biz along with his R&B diva sister, Brandy, Ray J has created his own unique and multi-faceted brand. Beginning his career with acting turns in popular sitcoms, Ray J made his debut as LJ at twelve on comedian Sinbad’s self-titled show, Sinbad, and appearances on a number of other TV shows and films, including his sister Brandy's iconic sitcom, Moesha. Ray J teamed up with his sister again for the VH1 reality show entitled Brandy & Ray J: A Family Business, followed by a spin-off series, For The Love Of Ray J.
Ray J has also impacted music with chart topping singles like "Sexy Can I" and "Wait A Minute", an infectious clubbangin' collaboration with industry heavyweights The Neptunes. With a new single blazing the charts, "Brown Sugar" featuring Lil Wayne, Ray J is hotter than ever.
With a wealth of hit TV shows and chart-topping singles under his belt, the infamous sex tape with Kim Kardashian, and his documented reputation as a Hollywood turn-up king, Ray J has long been one of the most sought-after bachelors in Hollywood. His struggle to find love and keep it has always been a hot topic. Likewise, his current relationship with girlfriend Princess Love has made a huge splash in tabloids and on the blogs as well.