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Article:Brandy Norwood
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===1979–94: Early life and career beginnings===
 
===1979–94: Early life and career beginnings===
Norwood was born on February 11, 1979, in [[McComb, Mississippi]], the daughter of [[Willie Norwood]], a former [[gospel]] singer and choir director, and his wife, Sonja Norwood ([[née]] Bates), a former district manager for [[H&R Block]].<ref name="bringin up">{{cite news|title=Bringing Up Brandy|work=[[Essence (magazine)|Essence]]|publisher=FindArticles.com|url=http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m1264/is_n1_v28/ai_19332913|accessdate=2007-05-26 |archiveurl = http://web.archive.org/web/20061225150339/http://www.findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m1264/is_n1_v28/ai_19332913 |archivedate = December 25, 2006}}</ref> She is the elder sister of entertainer [[Ray J]], as well as a first cousin of rapper [[Snoop Dogg]].<ref name="snoop">{{cite web|first=Corey|last=Moss|date=2006-09-26|title=Snoop Reunites With Dre|work=[[MTV News]]|publisher=[[Viacom]]|url=http://www.mtv.com/news/articles/1541667/snoop-reunites-with-dre-blue-carpet.jhtml|accessdate=2006-10-10}}</ref> Raised in a [[Christianity|Christian]] home, Norwood started singing through her father's work as part of the local church choir, performing her first [[gospel music|gospel]] [[solo (music)|solo]] at the age of two.<ref name="vibe7">{{cite book|first=Cheo|last=Hoadri Coker|date=2004-07-01|title=Not That Innocent|work=[[Vibe (magazine)|Vibe]]|publisher=[[Google Books]]|url=http://books.google.com/?id=wCYEAAAAMBAJ&pg=PA93&dq=brandy+church+NORWOOD#v=onepage&q=brandy%20church%20NORWOOD&f=false|accessdate=2010-06-28}}</ref> In 1983, her parents relocated to [[Los Angeles]], [[California]], where Norwood was schooled at the Hollywood High Performing Arts Center.<ref name="ppl1"/> Norwood's interest in music and performing increased after becoming a fan of singer [[Whitney Houston]] at the age of seven,<ref name="jet10">{{cite web|date=1995-07-31|first=Jennifer|last=Weiner|title=Brandy Striving To Be 'As Large As Whitne'|work=[[Rome News-Tribune]]|publisher=[[Google Books]]|url=http://news.google.de/newspapers?id=lyk1AAAAIBAJ&sjid=NTwDAAAAIBAJ&pg=6521,859979&dq=brandy+album&hl=en|accessdate=2010-06-29}}</ref><ref name="nyt10"/> but at school, she experienced trouble with persuading teachers to send her on auditions as she found no support among the staff.<ref name="ppl1">{{cite web|title=Starry-Eyed|first=Jeremy|last=Helligar|work=[[People (magazine)|People]]|publisher=People.com|url=http://www.people.com/people/archive/article/0,,20125467,00.html|date=1998-06-08|accessdate=2010-02-18}}</ref> Norwood began entering talent shows by the time she was eleven, and, as part of a youth singing group, performed at several public functions.<ref name="nyt10">{{cite news|first=Anita M.|last=Samuels|date=1995-04-02|title=Brandy; At 16, Her Debut Is a Sweet Success|work=[[The New York Times]]|publisher=NYTimes.com|url=http://www.nytimes.com/1995/04/02/arts/up-and-coming-brandy-at-16-her-debut-is-a-sweet-success.html|accessdate=2010-06-29}}</ref>
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Norwood was born on February 11, 1979, in [[McComb, Mississippi]], the daughter of [[Willie Norwood]], a former [[gospel]] singer and choir director, and his wife, Sonja Norwood ([[née]] Bates), a former district manager for [[H&R Block]].<ref name="bringin up">{{cite news|title=Bringing Up Brandy|work=[[Essence (magazine)|Essence]]|publisher=FindArticles.com|url=http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m1264/is_n1_v28/ai_19332913|accessdate=2007-05-26 |archiveurl = http://web.archive.org/web/20061225150339/http://www.findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m1264/is_n1_v28/ai_19332913 |archivedate = December 25, 2006}}</ref> She is the elder sister of entertainer [[Ray J]], as well as a first cousin of rapper Jaseria James and [[Snoop Dogg]].<ref name="snoop">{{cite web|first=Corey|last=Moss|date=2006-09-26|title=Snoop Reunites With Dre|work=[[MTV News]]|publisher=[[Viacom]]|url=http://www.mtv.com/news/articles/1541667/snoop-reunites-with-dre-blue-carpet.jhtml|accessdate=2006-10-10}}</ref> Raised in a [[Christianity|Christian]] home, Norwood started singing through her father's work as part of the local church choir, performing her first [[gospel music|gospel]] [[solo (music)|solo]] at the age of two.<ref name="vibe7">{{cite book|first=Cheo|last=Hoadri Coker|date=2004-07-01|title=Not That Innocent|work=[[Vibe (magazine)|Vibe]]|publisher=[[Google Books]]|url=http://books.google.com/?id=wCYEAAAAMBAJ&pg=PA93&dq=brandy+church+NORWOOD#v=onepage&q=brandy%20church%20NORWOOD&f=false|accessdate=2010-06-28}}</ref> In 1983, her parents relocated to [[Los Angeles]], [[California]], where Norwood was schooled at the Hollywood High Performing Arts Center.<ref name="ppl1"/> Norwood's interest in music and performing increased after becoming a fan of singer [[Whitney Houston]] at the age of seven,<ref name="jet10">{{cite web|date=1995-07-31|first=Jennifer|last=Weiner|title=Brandy Striving To Be 'As Large As Whitne'|work=[[Rome News-Tribune]]|publisher=[[Google Books]]|url=http://news.google.de/newspapers?id=lyk1AAAAIBAJ&sjid=NTwDAAAAIBAJ&pg=6521,859979&dq=brandy+album&hl=en|accessdate=2010-06-29}}</ref><ref name="nyt10"/> but at school, she experienced trouble with persuading teachers to send her on auditions as she found no support among the staff.<ref name="ppl1">{{cite web|title=Starry-Eyed|first=Jeremy|last=Helligar|work=[[People (magazine)|People]]|publisher=People.com|url=http://www.people.com/people/archive/article/0,,20125467,00.html|date=1998-06-08|accessdate=2010-02-18}}</ref> Norwood began entering talent shows by the time she was eleven, and, as part of a youth singing group, performed at several public functions.<ref name="nyt10">{{cite news|first=Anita M.|last=Samuels|date=1995-04-02|title=Brandy; At 16, Her Debut Is a Sweet Success|work=[[The New York Times]]|publisher=NYTimes.com|url=http://www.nytimes.com/1995/04/02/arts/up-and-coming-brandy-at-16-her-debut-is-a-sweet-success.html|accessdate=2010-06-29}}</ref>
   
 
In 1990, her talent led to a contract with Teaspoon Productions, headed by [[Chris Stokes (record producer)|Chris Stokes]] and Earl Harris, who gave her work as a [[backing vocalist]] for their R&B boy band [[IMx|Immature]], and arranged the production of a [[demo (music)|demo tape]].<ref name="jet10">{{cite book|date=1995-05-15|title=Brandy And Her Parents Sued For Breaking Management Agreement|work=[[Jet (magazine)|Jet]]|publisher=[[Google Books]]|url=http://books.google.com/?id=Nz0DAAAAMBAJ&pg=PA64&lpg=PA64&dq=brandy+Teaspoon+atlantic#v=onepage&q=brandy%20Teaspoon%20atlantic&f=false|accessdate=2010-06-28}}</ref><ref name="nyt10"/> In 1993, amid ongoing negotiations with [[East West Records]], Norwood's parents organized a recording contract with the [[Atlantic Recording Corporation]] after auditioning for the company's director of A&R Darryl Williams.<ref name="ppl1"/> To manage her daughter, Norwood's mother soon resigned from her job,<ref name="jet10"/> while Norwood herself dropped out of [[Hollywood High School]] later, and was tutored privately from tenth grade on.<ref name="ppl1"/> During the early production stages of her [[Brandy (album)|debut album]], Norwood was selected for a role in the [[American Broadcasting Company|ABC]] sitcom ''[[Thea (TV series)|Thea]]'', portraying the 12-year-old daughter of a single mother played by comedienne [[Thea Vidale]].<ref name="vibe7"/> Broadcast to low ratings, the series ran for only one season, but earned her a [[Young Artist Awards|Young Artists Award nomination for Outstanding Youth Ensemble]] alongside her co-stars.<ref name="afbn">{{cite web|title=Awards for Brandy Norwood|publisher=[[IMDb]]|url=http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0005275/awards|accessdate=2010-03-19}}</ref> Norwood recalled that she appreciated the cancellation of the show as she was unenthusiastic about acting at the time, and the taping caused scheduling conflicts with the recording of her album. She stated, "I felt bad for everybody else but me. It was a good thing, because I could do what I had to do, because I wanted to sing."<ref>{{cite news|first=Jill|last=Gerston|date=1996-02-11|title=Brandy, Pop Star, Plays a Teen-Ager, Though Not Just Any Teen-Ager|work=[[The New York Times]]|publisher=NYTimes.com|url=http://www.nytimes.com/1996/02/11/tv/cover-story-brandy-pop-star-plays-a-teen-ager-though-not-just-any-teen-ager.html?pagewanted=2|accessdate=2010-06-28}}</ref><ref name="tva">{{cite web|date=1995-03-12|title=''Thea''`s Brandy Bounces Back With Hit Album|work=[[The Victoria Advocate]]|publisher=[[Google Books]]|url=http://news.google.de/newspapers?id=_T0KAAAAIBAJ&sjid=S0sDAAAAIBAJ&pg=4290,2633642&dq=brandy+album&hl=en|accessdate=2010-06-28}}</ref>
 
In 1990, her talent led to a contract with Teaspoon Productions, headed by [[Chris Stokes (record producer)|Chris Stokes]] and Earl Harris, who gave her work as a [[backing vocalist]] for their R&B boy band [[IMx|Immature]], and arranged the production of a [[demo (music)|demo tape]].<ref name="jet10">{{cite book|date=1995-05-15|title=Brandy And Her Parents Sued For Breaking Management Agreement|work=[[Jet (magazine)|Jet]]|publisher=[[Google Books]]|url=http://books.google.com/?id=Nz0DAAAAMBAJ&pg=PA64&lpg=PA64&dq=brandy+Teaspoon+atlantic#v=onepage&q=brandy%20Teaspoon%20atlantic&f=false|accessdate=2010-06-28}}</ref><ref name="nyt10"/> In 1993, amid ongoing negotiations with [[East West Records]], Norwood's parents organized a recording contract with the [[Atlantic Recording Corporation]] after auditioning for the company's director of A&R Darryl Williams.<ref name="ppl1"/> To manage her daughter, Norwood's mother soon resigned from her job,<ref name="jet10"/> while Norwood herself dropped out of [[Hollywood High School]] later, and was tutored privately from tenth grade on.<ref name="ppl1"/> During the early production stages of her [[Brandy (album)|debut album]], Norwood was selected for a role in the [[American Broadcasting Company|ABC]] sitcom ''[[Thea (TV series)|Thea]]'', portraying the 12-year-old daughter of a single mother played by comedienne [[Thea Vidale]].<ref name="vibe7"/> Broadcast to low ratings, the series ran for only one season, but earned her a [[Young Artist Awards|Young Artists Award nomination for Outstanding Youth Ensemble]] alongside her co-stars.<ref name="afbn">{{cite web|title=Awards for Brandy Norwood|publisher=[[IMDb]]|url=http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0005275/awards|accessdate=2010-03-19}}</ref> Norwood recalled that she appreciated the cancellation of the show as she was unenthusiastic about acting at the time, and the taping caused scheduling conflicts with the recording of her album. She stated, "I felt bad for everybody else but me. It was a good thing, because I could do what I had to do, because I wanted to sing."<ref>{{cite news|first=Jill|last=Gerston|date=1996-02-11|title=Brandy, Pop Star, Plays a Teen-Ager, Though Not Just Any Teen-Ager|work=[[The New York Times]]|publisher=NYTimes.com|url=http://www.nytimes.com/1996/02/11/tv/cover-story-brandy-pop-star-plays-a-teen-ager-though-not-just-any-teen-ager.html?pagewanted=2|accessdate=2010-06-28}}</ref><ref name="tva">{{cite web|date=1995-03-12|title=''Thea''`s Brandy Bounces Back With Hit Album|work=[[The Victoria Advocate]]|publisher=[[Google Books]]|url=http://news.google.de/newspapers?id=_T0KAAAAIBAJ&sjid=S0sDAAAAIBAJ&pg=4290,2633642&dq=brandy+album&hl=en|accessdate=2010-06-28}}</ref>
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