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Brandy Rayana Norwood, better known simply as Brandy was born Feb 11, 1979. Born into a musical family in McComb, Mississippi and raised in Carson, California, she enrolled in performing arts schools as a child and performed as a backing vocalist for teen groups.

Norwood starred in the UPN sitcom Moesha as the title character, which lasted six seasons and resulted in roles in the 1998 horror sequel, I Still Know What You Did Last Summer, and the TV films Cinderella (1997) and Double Platinum(1999)

She served as a judge on the first season of America’s Got Talent before being involved in a widely-publicized car accident in 2006. After several lawsuits stemming from the accident, Norwood’s fifth album Human was released in 2008. In 2010, she returned to television as a contestant on the eleventh season of Dancing with the Starsand starred in the reality series Brandy & Ray J: A Family Business with younger brother Ray J.

She has sold over 30 million records worldwide. The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) lists Norwood as one of the top selling artists in the United States. Her work has earned her numerous awards and accolades, including a Grammy Award, three American Music Awards, and seven Billboard Music Awards

Happy B-Day Brandy  was originally published on kissrichmond.com

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