Brandy Norwood, 11 February 1979, McComb, Mississippi, USA. Among the best of the crop of female urban singers to emerge in the mid-90s, Brandy soon established herself as a multi-media star. Her career in entertainment began early - at the age of 15 she was nominated for a Youth In Film Award for her portrayal of schoolgirl Denesha in the ABC television situation comedy Thea. Her breakthrough in music followed quickly. 1994s self-titled debut album, produced by Keith Crouch and the Somethin For The People collective, reached number 6 in the R&B album charts, selling over 1.3 million copies. It included the successful crossover single, I Wanna Be Down. That song was then transformed in an alternative version marketed specifically at rap fans. The Hyman Rhythm Hip Hop Remix featured guest rhymes from Queen Latifah, MC Lyte and Yo Yo. Released on the b-side of the follow-up single, Baby, it helped the a-side become...
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