American singer-songwriter Brandy Norwood is single and currently not dating.
Norwood is known as a rapper, singer and songwriter. At the age of 15, Norwood released her first record, which sold 4 million copies. She landed a major role in the 1996 UPN comedy Moesha. The show ran for six years, from 1996 to 2001.
Norwood’s second album, Never Say Never, was released in 1998 and sold more than five million copies. The African-American singer has changed the music business a lot.
Does Brandy Norwood have a husband in 2022?
Following her divorce from Sir the Baptist in 2017, Brandy has remained single. In an interview, the 41-year-old singer said she has no plans to date anyone anytime soon.
However, one relationship keeps her on her toes: with her daughter Sy’Rai. Brandy’s first priority is to make sure her child is okay.
Brandy doesn’t date men who aren’t as good as she is. Instead, she enjoys dating dreamers and hustlers who want to be as successful as her. During her career, Brandy has worked with many well-known people.
Brandy has had many lovers throughout her career, from athletes to rappers to actors. The Grammy winner seems to have a hard time forming long-term relationships. Because of this, Brandy decided to put all her energies into loving herself.
Norwood works hard at her job and takes care of her daughter. She takes care of her daughter like she’s a part of herself and hasn’t dated anyone.
Find out who Brandy Norwood has dated
Compared to other stars, Brandy’s dating life has been pretty interesting. During her career, she has been linked to a number of well-known people.
Brandy and Robert Smith said they would wed in 2002. At the same time, the singer told people that she was going to have her first child. Crazy things happened after they split, and Smith said in interviews that they faked their marriage.
When the sham marriage became known, Brandy was already dating basketball player Quinten Richardson. In October 2005 they separated. She then became engaged to Ryan Press. Unfortunately, they never made it down the aisle.
After splitting from Press, she was linked to gospel singer Sir The Baptist, but rumor has it she broke up with him after just a few weeks.
Who is Brandy Norwood’s daughter?
Brandy’s only child, Sy’rai Iman Smith, turned 17 on Sunday and sent her a great birthday message. Brandy and her daughter are very close.
Sy’rai is Brandy’s only child, so she tries to be the best mother she can to her. When she’s not working, Brandy often spends time with her daughter.
She put her job and dating life on hold so she could focus on raising her daughter. Norwood is Sy’rai’s best mom, and the fact that she’s a single parent doesn’t bother her at all.
Norwood was born on February 11, 1979 in McComb, Mississippi. She is the daughter of gospel singer and choir director Willie Norwood and H&R Block district manager Sonja Norwood (née Bates). Brandy is Ray J’s older sister. She is also related to rapper Snoop Dogg and WWE wrestler Sasha Banks. Norwood grew up in a Christian home and her father sang in the church choir, where she sang her first gospel solo at the age of two. Norwood’s parents moved to Carson, California in 1983 and she went to school at the Hollywood High Performing Arts Center. At the age of seven, Norwood became a fan of singer Whitney Houston, which got her more interested in music and performing. However, she had trouble getting teachers to send her to auditions at school because there was no one there to support her. Norwood began attending talent shows when he was 11. She also sang with a group of young singers at several public events.
In 1990 she signed to Teaspoon Productions owned by Chris Stokes and Earl Harris. They put her on as a backup singer for their R&B boy band Immature and helped her make a demo tape. In 1993, Norwood’s parents signed a record deal with Atlantic Recording Corporation after trying Darryl Williams, the company’s director of A&R. At the time, they were still in talks with East West Records. Norwood’s mother quit her job to take care of her daughter, and Norwood herself dropped out of high school and received private tutoring beginning in the 10th grade.
From 1993 to 1996, Brandy was a TV star
In the early stages of her first album, Norwood was chosen to play the daughter of a single mother on the short-lived ABC sitcom Thea. Thea Vidale played the role of the single mother. Initially, the series had many viewers, but over time the viewership decreased and it lasted only one season. However, she and her co-stars were nominated for a Young Artists Award for Outstanding Youth Ensemble. Norwood said she was glad the show was canceled because she was not interested in acting at the time and the recording schedule made it difficult for her to record her album. She said to him, “I felt sorry for everyone but me. It was good because I could do what I had to do, which was sing.”
Norwood’s first album, just called “Norwood,” was released in September 1994 and peaked at number 20 on the US Billboard 200. Brandy received mostly good reviews from critics. AllMusic’s Eddie Huffman said Brandy was “a more low-key Janet Jackson or a more stripped-down Mary J. Blige with good songs and crisp production”. Entertainment Weekly’s Anderson Jones said: “Norwood, a teenage actress, is acting like a teenager. It’s an early attempt at best, seemingly based on the idea, “If Aaliyah can do it, why can’t I?” Brandy went on to sell more than six million copies worldwide. She had three top ten hits on the Billboard Hot 100, including “I Wanna Be Down” and “Baby,” both of which topped the Hot R&B Singles chart and were certified gold and platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America. A duet with Boyz II Men’s Wanya Morris called “Brokenhearted” reached number two on the charts. The next year, Norwood was nominated for two Grammy Awards: Best New Artist and Best Female R&B Vocal Performance. She also won four Soul Train Music Awards, two Billboard Awards and the New York Children’s Choice Award for the album.  In 1995, she completed a two-month act as the opening act for Boyz II Men’s national tour. She also contributed songs to the soundtracks of the films “Batman Forever” and “Waiting to Exhale,” with the single “Sittin’ Up in My Room” becoming one another top 2 hit. Norwood also collaborated with Tamia, Chaka Khan and Gladys Knight on the single “Missing You” which was released in 1996 as part of the soundtrack for the F. Gary Gray film Set It Off. The single earned her a third Grammy nomination for Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals.
In 1996, Norwood’s brief stint with Thea prompted UPN to give her her own show, the sitcom Moesha, in which she starred. She played the lead role of Moesha Mitchell, a Los Angeles girl dealing with a stepmother and the pressures of growing up responsibilities. She has appeared on screen with William Allen Young and Sheryl Lee Ralph. The show was first bought by CBS, but it took off on UPN in January 1996 and quickly became their most-watched show. Though the show’s audience grew with each season and led to a spin-off called The Parkers, the network decided to cancel it after six seasons, leaving it on a cliffhanger for a seventh season that never happened. For her performance, Norwood won an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Youth Actor or Actress. In 1997, Brandy, Ray J and their parents established the Norwood Kids Foundation. It helps poor and at-risk children in Los Angeles and Mississippi through arts and self-help programs.
Norwood at the 1997 Essence Awards
In 1997, producer Whitney Houston selected Norwood to play Cinderella in a television version of the Rodgers and Hammerstein story. The cast, which also included Jason Alexander, Whoopi Goldberg and Houston, was made up of people of different races. The two-hour special, “Wonderful World of Disney,” drew an estimated 60 million viewers and garnered the network its highest ratings for that period in 16 years. The next year it won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Artistic Direction for a Variety or Music Program.
Norwood asked young producer Rodney “Darkchild” Jerkins for help with her second album, Never Say Never. Norwood wrote and produced six songs for the album. “The Boy Is Mine,” a duet with singer Monica, became the highest-grossing song by a female duo in the music industry. It was Norwood’s first number one song on the US Billboard Hot 100. Capitalizing on the media’s perception that the two young singers were rivals, the song became one of the most popular records of all time in the United States. It spent a record-breaking thirteen weeks at the top of the Billboard charts and earned the two singers a Grammy Award for Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal. Never Say Never was released in June 1998 and quickly became Norwood’s best-selling album. It has sold more than 16 million copies worldwide and peaked at number two on the Billboard 200. AllMusic’s Stephen Thomas Erlewine commended Norwood and her team for “finding a middle ground between Mariah Carey and Mary J. Blige—grown up, with which it’s contemporary with a slight street-side edge.” The album had a total of seven singles, including Have You Ever, Norwood’s second number one song. In 1999 she embarked on the Never Say Never World Tour, which included shows in the United States, Europe and Asia.
After turning down a role in F. Gary Gray’s 1996 film Set It Off, Norwood made her big screen debut in the slasher film I Still Know What You Did Last Summer as Karla Wilson. The film was better than the original when it came out. It made $16.5 million in its first weekend, but most critics didn’t like it. Based on 46 reviews, website Rotten Tomatoes gave it a poor rating of 7%.  Norwood’s “bouncy” performance, on the other hand, was praised, and she was nominated for both the Blockbuster Entertainment Award and the MTV Movie Award for Best Breakthrough Female Performance. In 1999, she starred with Diana Ross in the television drama Double Platinum, about a mother and daughter who have a very close but strained relationship. The film was shot in New York City in just 20 days, and both Norwood and Ross served as executive producers. It includes original songs from their albums Never Say Never (1998) and Every Day Is a New Day (1999), as well as duets that have never been released before. That same year, Norwood, Whitney Houston, Tina Turner and Cher starred on VH-1’s Divas Live ’99.
After Moesha ended and the tabloids wrote about her long-standing battle with dehydration, Norwood took a long break from music. She returned to music in 2001 when she and her brother Ray-J were asked to cover Phil Collins’ 1990 hit Another Day in Paradise for the tribute album Urban Renewal: A Tribute to Phil Collins. When it was released as the album’s first single in Europe and Oceania, the song was an instant international hit, charting in the top ten on most charts. Mike City’s song “Open” was also written by Norwood and included on the Osmosis Jones soundtrack. The song was unavailable to download or stream online as of October 8, 2021, twenty years after its initial release.