Brandy Talks 'Two Eleven' Album, Fighting To Stay In The Game, And Rodney Jerkins

Billy Johnson, Jr.
Hip-Hop Media Training

It’s been 18 years since Brandy Norwood from McComb, Mississippi first took the worlds of pop and R&B music by storm when she released self-titled her debut album at the age of 15. Though she received critical acclaim, scored a Grammy, and earned quadruple platinum certifications for her first three sets, she also experienced hardships.

On "Behind The Music" last Spring, she said she regretted lying in 2002 that she was married when she became pregnant with her daughter Sy’rai, and also explained the sorrow she endured after being involved in a fatal car accident.

These and other struggles had a negative impact on her career and even made her question her future in music. But with the release of her sixth album, Two Eleven, Brandy proudly reveals that she is in a better place.

“When you start not liking yourself and you’ve failed and you’ve been through so many different struggles, its helps you appreciate the sunny times because you’ve had so many raining days,” Brandy said during an exclusive interview with Yahoo! Music.

Brandy’s new found confidence is apparent on Two Eleven, especially on lead singles “Put It Down” and “Wildest Dreams” that celebrate her womanhood. In her Yahoo! interview, she also discusses what she’s been up to since the 2008 release of Human, her fight to stay in the game, getting a new record deal, sorting out her maternal and business relationships with her mother Sonja Norwood, where she stands with “The Boy Is Mine” producer Rodney Jerkins and her moving BET Awards performance tribute to her late friend and mentor Whitney Houston.

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