How much is Brandy Norwood worth?
|Net Worth:||$20 Million|
|Date of Birth:||February 11, 1979 (age 43)|
|Country:||United States of America|
|Height:||5 ft 6 in (1.7 m)
About Brandy Norwood
Brandy Norwood is the R&B singer turned actress who played the title character on the sitcom Moesha before starring in Brandy & Ray J: A Family Business and appearing on Dancing with the Stars. As just a teenager, Brandy became a sensation in the ’90s with her sultry voice, stunning eyes and beauty, as well as her ear-to-ear smile. She is first cousin of rapper Snoop Dogg and she is brother to Ray J. However is was her raspy songstress turned dancing star that had audiences continuing to want to see and hear more.
Musical from an early age, Brandy Norwood’s family began to arrange around her as they became aware of her immense talent. They relocated from Brandy’s hometown of McComb, Mississippi to Los Angeles where Brandy began appearing in talent shows at the age of 11. However, it wasn’t long until she ran into troubles, including allegedly her teacher at a High School for Performing Arts Center refusing to allow Brandy on auditions because she wasn’t “drop-dead gorgeous.”
Her early troubles only spurred her on and in her own time she continued to audition and perform in talent shows. She also auditioned to become part of groups and was chosen as a back-up singer for the group Immature. She stood out immediately in the group and it also led her to her first acting job, a role in ABC’s Thea in 1993. More notably, she earned herself a recording contract with Atlantic Records that year and put all of her efforts into her debut album.
Brandy’s self-titled album was an incredible success selling four million copies in the US and earning her three Grammy nominations, including “Best New Artist” when she was just 15 years old. Her single “Sittin’ Up in My Room” became another notable success in her early career, not only did it sell well, but also earned her two more Grammy nominations. It also helped her collaborate with Tamia and soul legends Chaka Kahn and Gladys Knight for “Missing You”.
She soon after began to invest more of her efforts as a television star as her popularity increased nationwide. Capitalizing on her marketability, she scored her own series Moesha, in 1996, and the lead in Disney’s 1997 remake of Cinderella.
Then in 1998, the name Brandy Norwood had never been so strong. With the release of her sophomore album, Never Say Never, she soon was on the receiving end of more fame than she could have dreamed of with 5 million copies sold in the US alone. Not to mention, her net worth is estimated to have been over $7 million at the time. “The Boy is Mine”, a duet with Monica, was a giant success and one of her bestselling singles. The two singers won “Best R&B Performance by a Duo” at the Grammys.
Despite massive fame and wealth unimaginable to almost anybody else in America at the time, Norwood managed to maintain the semblance of a semi-normal life. She attended prom along with her other classmates, of course, basketball superstar Kobe Bryant was her date.
Brandy Norwood’s rein continued into the 2000s with progressive stylistic hybrids Full Moon (2002) and Afrodisiac (2004). Not only did the albums sell 1.5 million copies but she continued to rack up Grammy nominations, including for “Best Contemporary R&B Album”. Her career began to slow down in the mid-2000s, Brandy flooded the gossip magazines in December of 2006 when she crashed her Range Rover into a Toyota. Relating to the accident she had to settle claims with the other drivers involved, according to NBC.
It impacted Brandy greatly. She disappear from the public eye. Then four years later, the R&B star made her comeback on national television as a contestant on Dancing with the Stars. In the interim, she had released Human (2008) to little fanfare, and later, in 2012, Two Eleven maintained her streak of Top Ten R&B/hip-hop albums.
Her continued work onscreen and on-stage kept Brandy present to audiences, however over the 2010s she released little more music. She released her seventh album, B7 (2020), early the next decade.
Norwood’s Total Net Worth
With 40 million record sales worldwide, including over 8 million albums sold in the US, Brandy Norwood has realized massive earnings. In total, Norwood has earned estimated total career income of around $50 million dollars. Of that amount, $2-5 million is expected to have been paid in business related costs. The remainder, $46.5 million, will have been taxed at a rate of around 49% as Norwood has been residing in the state of California and earned through some lower tax years in the 2000s. After tax, it is estimated that her career earnings are at around $23.71 million dollars, having paid $22.79 million dollars in taxes.
Before her hiatus, Brandy was in a relationship with music producer Robert Smith. The couple married in the summer of 2001 in a secret ceremony. In June the next year, the newlyweds welcomed Sy’rai however parted ways two years later in 2004.
In her personal life, Brandy has likely spent $9-17 million dollars of her career earnings, including legal fees, settlements and so on, but also probably possesses assets valued at around $1-2 million, not including investment assets. In her investments, she may have earned investment returns of around $5-6 million dollars. Therefore, it is estimated that Brandy Norwood has a net worth of a rounded up $20 million dollars.
Brandy Norwood struggled with her stardom in her youth but nonetheless had one of the most successful careers out of almost any other teenage star. Her first albums sold millions of copies each and while her success as an artist declined, to date, she has sold over 40 million records worldwide, including over 8 million albums. She has also enjoyed a highly lucrative television career, including serving as a judge on the first season of America’s Got Talent. In 2022, she announced her major label return after signing with Motown Records.