Fav 11 on 2/11 – A Brandy BDay
Brandy, also known as Brandy Norwood, also known as BRocka, also known as Bran-nu during her rap alter-ego phase, also known as the vocal bible just turned 38 today! Yeah we could go on and on about the Grammy winner’s 40+ million records sold, her expansive television and movie acting career ranging from 1993’s Thea to last year’s Zoe Ever After on BET, her Tony Award worthy run in broadways Chicago The Musical, her ever growing influence on vocalist all over the world, and so on and so forth but what better way to celebrate this special day than listening to the young icon herself. Check out our personal favorite Top 11 (10 was impossible) Brandy tracks!
12. Deepest Thoughts
Did we say Top 11? Who’s counting anyway?! The song leaked in 2006 and is still on our playlist. It was a hell of a fight between this and the widely celebrated “unreleased” track Sweet Nothings but the vocals on the second verse and chorus of Deepest Thoughts… #ThatIsAll
11. Wildest Dreams
Pulled from her most recent album release Two Eleven (titled to honor the death of Fairy God Mother Whitney Houston who also passed on her birthday). While the song under-performed commercially, at its release I stated that It was one of her best songs ever, boasting strong production and even stronger vocals. That statement still holds true here.
9. All in Me
Featured on her Full Moon LP released March 5th 2002. If Brandy is the Vocal Bible, then this album and all of its dynamic tracks are the pages inside. With this, Brandy garnered another Grammy nomination for Best Contemporary R&B Album.
8. What About Us
Another Hot 100 Top 10 hit, Written by Ms. Norwood with the assistance of longtime collaborator Rodney Jerkins and released as Full Moon’s lead single in 2002. After its debut, the song was streamed more than 750,000 times in one day; this was before mobile apps like Apple Music, Spotify, Pandora and Tidal were a thing.
7. Full Moon
Writer and Producer Mike City has always created magic with the star (see Deepest Thoughts). This song was one of many recorded with the Heard it all Before producer for her 2002 album, but was the only one to make the final cut.
Another highlight from the Full Moon Bible. Not much needs to be said, just close your eyes and listen to her emote.
5. Say You Will
“All I wanna do is have three or four kids by you, and have some more if you want me too…” Pulled from the Timbaland produced and critically acclaimed Afrodisiac album. She opens the track with breathy harmonies that only she could deliver and leads you on a slow declaration of love with vocal prowess.
4. When You Touch Me
With the Full Moon album, Brandy sought to trade in her innocent “girl next door” reputation for a “grown ass woman” persona. When I first heard this song, I thought “I didn’t know she could sing like this!” When You Touch Me boast some of her best vocals ever recorded. This is the book of genesis in her bible.
3. Best Friend
Released in 1994 from her Debut album Brandy. This track instantly gives me a feeling of love and appreciation for my siblings and my closest friends. Baby Bran was only 15 when she released her first studio LP but it made big impacts. Erykah Badu is quoted stating the album inspired and influenced her own debut album Baduizm. Brandy earned multiple platinum certifications, Grammy nominations, and opened the door for Bran to star in her own TV Series Moesha. We all still remember that theme song right? Mo to the! E to the!
2. Put That on Everything
It’s surprising how a vocalist can display a plethora of technique in one 5 minute song at such a young age. In Put That on Everything, spills another soft and understated but emotional vocal into her Never Say Never album. The album went on to win a Grammy for her The Boy is Mine collaboration with then “rival” Monica and was supported by her 1999 Never Say Never World Tour which featured sold out performances in the Us, Europe, Asia, Africa and Canada. Not once did she perform this song. We feel some type of way…
1. Almost Doesn’t Count
Want to see this man cry? Give a brotha some tequila and play this record. Not only is this my favorite Brandy song, it is my favorite song of all time. Check out the live performance below from her current Slayana Tour.
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