Brandy Rayana Norwood (born February 11, 1979), 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, CA, Norwood enrolled in performing arts schools and was first exposed to singing competitions as a child.
In 1993, she signed a recording contract with Atlantic Records, releasing her self titled album year after, which was a commercial success with two number one singles on the Billboard Hot R&B Singles chart—"I Wanna Be Down," and "Baby". She went on to release the widely successful single, "The Boy is Mine", a duet with singer Monica. She has become known for her distinctive sound, characterised by her peculiar timbre, voice-layering, throaty riffs, and beat-driven R&B. She has since been signed to both Epic Records and RCA Records, where she has acquired a catalogue of hits, with singles like "What About Us".
Apart from her work in music, Norwood is widely known for her reality series Brandy: Special Delivery (2002) and Brandy and Ray-J: A Family Business, co–starring her younger brother Ray J, as well as her roles a judge on the premiere season of America's Got Talent and a contestant on the 11th season of Dancing with the Stars. She has sold over 8.62 million copies of her first five studio albums in the United States, and over 30 million records worldwide.