How much is Brandy worth?
|Net Worth:||$15 Million
|Date of Birth:||February 11, 1979|
|Country:||United States of America|
This R&B singer turned actress played the title character on the sitcom Moesha before getting real on Brandy & Ray J: A Family Business and Dancing with the Stars.
Who Is Brandy Norwood
Brandy captivated the world during the ‘90s as a budding teenage diva with her stunning eyes, ear-to-ear smile and sultry voice. So it’s no surprise star power is in her blood—her first cousin is rapper Snoop Dogg and her brother is rapper Ray J. But this raspy songstress turned dancing star always keeps fans clamoring for more.
We calculate Brandy has a ballpark net worth of $15 million dollars, as of 2021.
Little Girl, Big Voice
Brandy Norwood got vocal at a young age. As soon as her parents sensed her talent, they promptly moved from her hometown of McComb, Mississippi to L.A. where Brandy began belting her soulful music at the age of 11 in local talent shows. But Brandy would soon learn that big bad Hollywood bites back. When she enrolled at a High School Performing Arts Center, her teacher refused to send Brandy on auditions because she wasn’t “drop-dead gorgeous.”
Frustrated, Brandy continued to perform in talent shows, and eventually landed a role as a back-up singer for the group Immature. Brandy’s undeniable talent separated her from the group and opened a door for her first acting role in ABC’s Thea in 1993. That same year Brandy landed a chance audition with Atlantic Records and a recording contract. Without missing a beat, she channeled all her energy into her first album.
Brandy’s self-titled debut album was an instant success. Released in 1994, it sold four million copies and garnered her three Grammy nominations, including Best New Artist—not bad for a 15-year-old. The following year, the wildly popular single ‘Sittin’ Up in My Room’ was nominated for two Grammys and a collaboration with Tamia and soul legends Chaka Kahn and Gladys Knight for ‘Missing You’ landed her a third nod.
Her popularity soaring, she made the successful jump into television star when she scored her own series, Moesha, in 1996 and the lead in Disney’s 1997 remake of Cinderella.
Never Say Never
Brandy struck commercial gold with her sophomore album, Never Say Never, in June of 1998. It went platinum five times over, selling 5 million copies in the U.S. alone. Her hit duet ‘The Boy is Mine’ with fellow up-and-comer Monica became one of the bestselling singles and landed the pair matching Grammys for Best R&B Performance by a Duo.
But Brandy managed to keep a semblance of a semi-normal life. She went to prom—although basketball superstar Kobe Bryant was her date. Reveling in her success, it wouldn’t be another four years until Brandy followed up with Full Moon in 2002. It managed to go platinum but, her momentum clearly waning, her next two albums, Afrodisaic (2004) and Human (2008) didn’t come close to touching her early success.
The Boy Is Mine
Brandy has had her share of heartbreak. Before her hiatus, Brandy became entangled with music producer Robert Smith and the duo married secretly in the summer of 2001. The newlyweds gave birth to Sy’rai in June of 2002, although the couple parted in 2004.
Two months after the split, Smith went on live radio to claim that the pair never actually wed. He explained that they pretended to be married for appearances. The media world was in an uproar while Brandy denied the claims, explaining they had a non-traditional marriage. But Brandy took it all in stride because her professional basketball player boyfriend Quentin Richardson had proposed to her with a whopping 11.5 carat ring shortly before. But the two split up the following year in September 2005.
Brandy flooded the gossip magazines in December of 2006 when she crashed her Range Rover into a Toyota, causing the Toyota to spin into a highway divider and hit a second car. The driver, Awatef Aboudihaj, a mother of two, died the following day. Due to insufficient evidence, Brandy was not charged and instead settled claims with Awatef’s family and the other drivers involved.
Following the tragedy, Brandy slunk into seclusion, trying to avoid any unnecessary spotlight. But four years later, the R&B star, who was becoming a distant memory, made her comeback on national television as a contestant on the career reviver Dancing with the Stars. Brandy’s stellar performances captured audiences and she stuck around in the competition until just before the finals.
With her name back on the lips of industry execs, Brandy also began work on a new album as well as filming a reality show with her brother, Ray J, Brandy and Ray J: A Family Business, and raising her daughter. If that isn’t enough, this entertainment queen has her sights set on a new goal: winning an Oscar.
Defining Quote “I don’t know if I ever realized it. My mom used to always tell me, ‘You don’t know how big a star you are.'”