|About Brandy Norwood|
|Known As||B Rocka, Bran’Nu|
|Birth||February 11, 1979 McComb, Mississippi, United States|
|Children||Sy’rai Iman Smith|
|Parents||Sonja Norwood, Willie Norwood|
|Address||Los Angeles, California,|
|Job||Singer, Actress, Model, Songwriter, Record Producer|
|Affiliation||Whitney Houston, Ray J, Monica|
Brandy Rayana Norwood, better known as simply “Brandy”, grew up performing in her local church choir. Her passion for music and singing has brought her great success in life, and made her one of the most popular names in the late ’90s and early 2000s. So, it comes as no surprise that Brandy net worth in 2018 is estimated at $14.0 million. Keep reading to learn how she made such a vast fortune for herself.
Brandy grew up listening to Whitney Houston’s songs, who was a major influencer in Brandy’s life. Luckily for Brandy, she even got the opportunity to collaborate with her idol when they worked together on the hit 1997 remake of Cinderella.
Brandy is a singer, record producer, actress, and a songwriter. Her net worth was mostly built because of her successful singing career, but let’s not forget about her popular ’90s TV series, Moesha! The popular sitcom starred Brandy as the lead character of Moesha and ran from 2996 to 2001.
Born on February 11, 1979, to Willie and Sonja Norwood, Brandy Norwood’s age is 39. Her younger brother is Ray J (Kim Kardashian’s ex-boyfriend). She is also the cousin of rapper Snoop Dogg and WWE wrestler, Sasha Banks.
Brandy started singing at a very young age. And her passion for music increased more by the age of seven. There was no denying the talent in her beautiful voice.
With the help of her parents and hard work, Brandy decided to follow her dreams and she went on to become a huge success on both the big screen and on the music charts.
Brandy’s Income Sources
Brandy started singing in a church choir and performed her first gospel solo at the age of just two! After she showed interest in music, Brandy’s parents decided to organize a recording contract with Atlantic Records.
From there on, there was no looking back for Brandy and a star was born.
Her debut album, Brandy, was released on September 27, 1994. It was hugely successful and received positive feedback from listeners.
Brandy catapulted onto the music scene and was included in the Top 20 of the U.S. Billboard 200. Six million copies of the album were sold worldwide with $6.2 million in estimated sales!
Brandy’s next album, Never Say Never, was released on June 9, 1998. The album was such a major hit that it sold around 16 million copies worldwide with estimated sales of $17.9 million.
Full Moon was then released on February 25, 2002, but it received mixed reviews from music critics. Three million copies were sold, and the album earned around $3.8 million.
Brandy’s fourth album, Afrodisiac, was released on June 28, 2004. Compared to her earlier albums, Afrodisiac sold fewer albums, around a million copies with sales estimated to be around $1.05 million.
Human was her fifth album, released on December 5, 2008. Again, approximately a million copies were sold, and album sales reached about $1.07 million.
But for some reason, Brandy could never see such success like she did on her first two albums. On October 12, 2012, Brandy’s Two Eleven album was released. A total of 180,000 copies of the album were sold and sales were $185,000.
Though at her peak, she was raking in the millions, Brandy’s estimated yearly income is still said to be around $1.4 million. Though she’s not released music since 2012, her past hits continue to generate income.
Since Brandy is a famous singer (and was a household name at one point in time), it’s not surprising that she has quite a few endorsements under her belt.
In 1999, Brandy was the face of CoverGirl. She was a part of several commercials for the brand at the time.
Brandy was the first African-American to sign a CoverGirl contract.
In 1998, the brand Candie’s was represented by the singer-songwriter. Brandy reportedly earned around $5.0 million to endorse and promote a new line of footwear for the 1998 Candie’s campaign and was featured in many of their magazine ads.
Brandy was also the face of DKNY in the spring of 2000. She appeared in print campaigns of the 2000 collection for DKNY Jeans Junior.
In the late ‘90s, one of the leading modeling agencies in the world, Wilhelmina Agency, represented Brandy.
The “Brandy Doll” was released by Mattel in 1999. And a year later, the Singing “Holiday Brandy Doll” was sold along with another “Brandy Doll.” The dolls became incredibly famous, with every little girl and Brandy fan dying to get their hands on one!
And it looks like it’s even become a collectors iten! Currently, the 2000 singing Holiday Brandy Doll is selling online for as much as $79.95.
In 2005, Brandy was the spokesperson for Ultima, which is a company that sells wigs and hair weaves. However, as of 2014, she is no longer a spokesperson for the brand.
Norwood’s first world tour was for her album Never Say Never, which started on May 23, 1998, and ended on August 2, 1999. It covered different countries including Europe, Asia, and North America.
The “Human World Tour” was her second solo tour to support her album, Human. It started on February 7, 2009, and ended on June 19, 2009.
Brandy’s last music tour, the “Slayana World Tour” started on June 15, 2016, in Auckland, New Zealand, and ended on June 30, 2016.
Brandy Norwood’s Filmography
Besides releasing albums and singles, Brandy became quite successful for her acting chops! Aside from being known for her role in the hit ’90s sitcom Moesha, she has made appearances in several TV shows and movies.
Her credits in the movie industry include Cinderella (TV film), I Still Know What You Did Last Summer, Double Platinum, and The Perfect Match.
Brandy’s work in the TV industry also includes Thea, One on One, 90210, Drop Dead Diva, The Game, Zoe Ever After, and Star.
Additionally, Brandy has made appearances on reality TV shows, including Brandy: Special Delivery, America’s Got Talent, For the Love of Ray J, Brandy & Ray J: A Family Business, Dancing with the Stars, Majors & Minors, Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood, and My Kitchen Rules.
So really, Brandy is just a Jill of all trades when it comes to entertainment! She was even a part of the Broadway musical, Chicago, from 2015 to 2017.
Brandy Norwood’s Awards and Recognition
Throughout her career, Brandy has earned many awards and appreciation for all her work. She has taken home American Music Awards, Billboard Music Awards, BMI Pop Awards, BMI Awards, and even a Grammy. Not to mention being nominated for a slew of MTV Awards, Grammy Awards, Kids’ Choice Awards, People’s Choice Awards, Soul Train Awards, a Blockbuster Entertainment Award, and many more!
In 1999, Brandy took home a Grammy in the category of “Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals” for her song, “The Boy Is Mine.” (And if you grew up in the ’90s, this was the song that every girl lip sang to on the radio as it played on every station!)
Furthermore, she has also won an MTV Movie Award, NAACP Image Awards, Soul Train Lady of Soul Awards, a Teen Choice Award, and a Stellar Award.
Brandy Norwood’s Lawsuits
On December 30, 2006, Brandy was involved in an accident on the 405 Freeway in Los Angeles. A 38-year-old female named Awatef Aboudihaj was driving a Toyota Corolla and was hit by Brandy’s Range Rover.
Because of her injuries, Aboudihaj passed away. And although Brandy was not arrested or charged, several multiple lawsuits were settled outside the court by her attorney.
Aboudihaj’s parents filed a $50.0 million wrongful death lawsuit against her, which was settled outside of court.
Meanwhile, Aboudihaj’s husband settled for his part of $1.2 million in November 2009. The couple’s two kids also received $300,000 each.
The other two victims involved in the car crash also demanded money from Brandy. Their cash was also settled outside the court for an undisclosed amount.
She Sued Chameleon Entertainment Group
In 2016, Brandy filed a lawsuit against Chameleon Entertainment Group and the company’s president, Breyon Prescott.
Brandy claimed that the label refused to let her record and release songs and albums.
The Norwood Kids Foundation
In 1997, Brandy and her brother, Ray J, started the Norwood Kids Foundation.
She also actively supports the Make-A-Wish Foundation and RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network).
In 2000, Brandy reportedly donated $100,000 to 2000 WATTS, which is an entertainment community center.
What is Brandy up to today? Currently, Brandy is a part of the hit TV series, Star. She plays the role of Cassie Brown, who is Carlotta’s younger sister. She is also busy getting ready to host the Jacksonville Funk Fest 2018 event on May 11, 2018.
With a lot of hard work and determination, Brandy Norwood has built an empire for herself. And though she may have burned brightest as a star in the past, there really is no telling what the future holds for this diva!
Brandy Norwood’s Net Worth in Recent Years
|Year||Net Worth (estimated)|
Here’s How Much Brandy Norwood Is Worth Compared to Her Contemporaries
|Celebrity||Net Worth (estimated)|
|Brandy Norwood||$14.0 million|
|Whitney Houston||-$20.0 million|
|Ray J||$6.0 million|
|Snoop Dogg||$135.0 million|
|Mary J. Blige||$20.0 million|