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Blige [...] with good songs and crisp production." and produced three top ten hits on the Billboard Hot 100, including "I Wanna Be Down" and "Baby", both of which reached the top of the Hot R&B Singles chart and were certified gold and platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America.
The album earned Norwood two Grammy Award nominations for Best New Artist and Best Female R&B Vocal Performance the following year, and won her four Soul Train Music Awards, two Billboard Awards, and the New York Children's Choice Award.
You can just tell that it’s a person singing from a genuine place, and also a place of basically no experience.
I was singing about being attracted to the opposite sex, but I had no experience behind it." Critical reaction to Brandy was generally positive, with All Music writer Eddie Huffman declaring Brandy "a lower-key Janet Jackson or a more stripped-down Mary J.
She has become known for her distinctive sound, characterized by her peculiar timbre, voice-layering, and intricate riffs, which has earned her the nickname 'The Vocal Bible' from industry peers and critics.
Norwood was born on February 11, 1979, in Mc Comb, Mississippi, the daughter of Willie Norwood, a gospel singer and choir director, and his wife, Sonja Norwood (née Bates), a district manager for H&R Block.
An entire production crew was on site filming the tussle, which means the ordeal will most likely be chronicled on the upcoming season of their hit VH1 show.In 2010, she returned to television as a contestant on the eleventh season of Dancing with the Stars and starred in the reality series Brandy & Ray J: A Family Business.In 2012 she became a series regular in the BET series The Game, and released her sixth album Two Eleven to critical praise.Initially broadcast to high ratings, the series' viewership dwindled and ended up running for only one season, but earned her a Young Artists Award nomination for Outstanding Youth Ensemble alongside her co-stars.Norwood recalled that she appreciated the cancellation of the show as she was unenthusiastic about acting at the time, and the taping caused scheduling conflicts with the recording of her album. It was a good thing, because I could do what I had to do, because I wanted to sing." Norwood later summed up the songs on the album as young and vulnerable, stating, "I didn’t really know a lot—all I wanted to do was basically sing.