Brandy, full name Brandy Rayana Norwood, is a famous American singer and actress. She started her acting career at the age 14, appearing in situation comedy Thea, and released her debut album at the age 15. Brandy raised to the fame in early 2000s, with her third album Full Moon and her own reality television series Brandy: Special Delivery. Brandy net worth is currently estimated at $12 million.
Norwood was born in Mississippi in 1979, in family of musicians and singers. Both of her paternal grandparents belonged to the church choir and her father William Raymond Norwood Sr. was involved with gospel music since his early childhood. His debut album Bout It was released in 2001 and received a Dove Award, an accolade by the Gospel Music Association. Her Brother William Raymond Jr., better known by his stage name Ray J is also a professional singer and recording artist. His fortune even exceeds Brandy net worth: as for 2013 Ray J owns assets worth $18 million.
Born into the family of dedicated musicians, Brandy started singing earlier than she learned how to talk properly. Her father helped Brandy as the vocal coach.
She made her first solo performance at the age of 2, singing a gospel at the local church. Norwood realized she wants to become a singer and entertainer at the age of 7, when she started admiring Whitney Houston. When the girl came into the school age, her parents did not even think about sending their talented offspring into the standard public school alone and Brandy started attending Hollywood High Performing Arts Centre. With the help of the teachers and father she developed an amazing talent which eventually boosted Brandy net worth to millions of dollars.
Norwood’s debut album Brandy was released in 1994, when Brandy was 15 years old. It reached the 20th position on Billboard 200 and earned Brandy numerous compliments. Still a teenager, she was compared to such pop and R&B scene veterans as Mary J. Blige and Janet Jackson. The album featured two hits that peaked at top ten on the U.S. Billboard 200, “Baby” and “I Wanna By Your Baby”. Both singles received Platinum certifications from the Recording Industries Association of America and the whole album sold over 6 million records worldwide, adding a considerable sum to the current Brandy net worth.
Her third album Full Moon was released in 2002, around the same time as the young artist started filming in her own reality show series. Brandy: Special Delivery attracted additional attention from the audience and increased the sales. During the week after release of the album more than 150 thousand copies were distributed, in the following moths this number reached 1 million, once again giving a boost to Brandy net worth. Since then Brandy released three more studio albums: Afhrodisiac, Human and Two Eleven.