‘I went through a lot’: Brandy discusses her experience with early fame as she releases her first album in eight years


Brandy is ready to return to the spotlight as she releases her first album in eight years.

In an interview with Ebro Darden on Apple Music this week, the 41-year-old singer opened up about how blessed she feels to be making music almost three decades after her career began.

Brandy – born Brandy Rayana Norwood – reflected on her career, which began in 1993 when she signed with Atlantic Records, and how the fame and popularity is no longer a priority to her.

‘It’s not as fun as it used to be. Things have definitely changed but I’m blessed to still have the passion for music, and I definitely have a lot of love out there for me and I feel like I have a responsibility to inspire people and to bless people with music,’ she said.

‘My want for fame and my want for popularity – that doesn’t satisfy me. Do I need people to notice me in Target? Do I need people to recognize me at Ralphs? I don’t have an ego in that way – I’m not addicted to fame.

‘I know what fame did to me early on. I went through a lot,’ she continued.

‘It took me forever to complete this album, and to finally complete it after 8 years, it just felt like I was whole, and that this is something I can be proud of. I feel like I can breathe now,’ she said of recording and releasing her new album, titled B7. 

The Boy Is Mine hitmaker admitted last month that she has had an uneasy relationship with the music business. 

Brandy explained to The Guardian newspaper: ‘Sometimes you get caught up in being popular and relevant, and that makes you lose the reason why you’re connected to music. 

‘I’m scared of that. I don’t ever want to get to a point where I’m doing music for the wrong reasons.


She added that this album has extra poignancy as her mentor LaShawn Daniels passed away as it was being made last year.

Brandy said: ‘It’s a little scary because I had to finish it without him. I just wonder: would he be proud of what I was able to put together? 

‘Music is my therapy. I don’t know what my life would be without it.’

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