Born into a musical family in Mc Comb, Mississippi and raised in Carson, California, she began her career as a child and performed as a backing vocalist for teen groups. The following year, she released her self-titled debut album, which was certified quadruple Platinum in the US, selling six million copies worldwide.Norwood starred in the UPN sitcom Moesha as the title character, which lasted six seasons and resulted in numerous other roles.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.Initially broadcast to high ratings, the series' viewership dwindled and ended up running for only one season, but earned her a Young Artists Award nomination for Outstanding Youth Ensemble alongside her co-stars.In 2012 she became a series regular in the BET series The Game, and released her sixth album Two Eleven to critical praise.In April 2015, Norwood made her Broadway debut in the musical Chicago.In 1996, her short-lived engagement on Thea led Norwood to star in her own show, the UPN-produced sitcom Moesha.
In 1996, Norwood also collaborated with Tamia, Chaka Khan, and Gladys Knight on the single "Missing You", released from the soundtrack of the F. The single won her a third Grammy nomination in the Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals category.Her work has earned her numerous awards and accolades, including a Grammy Award, one American Music Award, and seven Billboard Music Awards.She has become known for her distinctive sound, characterized by her peculiar timbre, voice-layering, and intricate riffs, which has earned her the nickname 'The Vocal Bible' from industry peers and critics.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. It was a good thing, because I could do what I had to do, because I wanted to sing." Norwood later summed up the songs on the album as young and vulnerable, stating, "I didn’t really know a lot—all I wanted to do was basically sing.You can just tell that it’s a person singing from a genuine place, and also a place of basically no experience.Critics rated the album highly, with All Music's Stephen Thomas Erlewine praising Norwood and her team for wisely finding "a middle ground between Mariah Carey and Mary J.Blige—it's adult contemporary with a slight streetwise edge." The movie outperformed the original with a total of .5 million at its opening weekend, but critical reaction to the film was largely disappointing, with film review site Rotten Tomatoes calculating a poor rating of 7% based on 46 reviews.I was singing about being attracted to the opposite sex, but I had no experience behind it." Critical reaction to Brandy was generally positive, with All Music writer Eddie Huffman declaring Brandy "a lower-key Janet Jackson or a more stripped-down Mary J.Blige [...] with good songs and crisp production." and produced three top ten hits on the Billboard Hot 100, including "I Wanna Be Down" and "Baby", both of which reached the top of the Hot R&B Singles chart and were certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America.The album's success was equally widespread, and after extensive radio play of the single overseas, the label released it globally during the summer.Never Say Never eventually became Norwood's biggest-selling album, selling over 16 million copies worldwide.