Brandy Rayana Norwood is an American R&B singer-songwriter, producer, actress, and dancer. She entered the music business as a backing vocalist for R&B boy bands such as Immature prior to launching her own career in 1994. As a solo artist she has released six studio albums, one compilation album, one EP and twenty-seven singles, including three as a featured artist.
In 1993, Brandy signed a recording contract with Atlantic, releasing her self-titled debut album a year after. Following a major success with Grammy Award-winning "The Boy Is Mine", a duet with singer Monica, and her second album Never Say Never in 1998, a series of successful records established her as one of the most successful of the new breed of urban R&B female vocalists to emerge during the mid-to late 1990s.
Full Moon was released in 2002 and certified platinum by the RIAA. It spawned the top ten hit "What About Us?" alongside two other singles. Afrodisiac, Brandy's fourth studio album, was released in 2004 and while it was certified gold in the United States, the album failed on international music markets. Her latest studio album, Human, was her first effort to be released on the Epic label after a label change in 2005.
The RIAA ranks Norwood as one of the best-selling female artists in American music history, having sold over 15 million copies of her five studio albums in the United States and over 50 million records worldwide, to date. Additionally, she has won over 100 awards as a recording artist. In 1999, Billboard ranked Norwood among the top 20 of the top pop artists of the 1990s. Additionally, in 2010, Billboard included Brandy in their top 50 R&B and Hip Hop Artists list of the past 25 years.
She released in her sixth studio album, Two Eleven, in October 2012.