Although she's seen plenty of success with No. 1 hits like "Have You Ever?" and "The Boy Is Mine," there were moments when singer Brandy wanted to give up on music entirely.
On the road to putting out her newest album, "Two Eleven," the 33-year-old singer told CNN that "there were times when I tried to come back and it didn't work. Then I started to feel like, maybe this is not my purpose, maybe this is not what I'm supposed to do, because it's not happening to me."
It didn't help that others seemed to have little faith in her future as a singer.
"People are calling me a has-been, people are calling me washed-up and all these things," Brandy continued. "That starts to effect you mentally a little bit because you're like, 'Am I? Do I still have it?'"
But considering that she now has another album under her belt, "clearly there was another plan in place, and I was able to connect with that destiny plan that is within us all and make a different choice."
That choice was "to believe in myself so I can do what I got to do to have a relationship with the people that love my music."
The title of her new album represents evolution and purpose, but it also has a deeper meaning. "Two Eleven," or February 11, is Brandy's birthday, but it's also the date of Whitney Houston's death this year.
"To lose my idol who introduced purpose to me, a dream to me, on that day - it solidifies our bond and what I need to do to go forward. The time is now," Brandy said. "I will never get over Whitney passing. ... I just have to do what I promised her, and I have to follow the words she gave me right before she died - which is another strange thing, that we talked right before she passed on. I'm in a great place and I feel like she's with me. I feel like she's helping the angels and God to guide me to do what I have to do."
Beautiful young lady with a voice out of this world. That's scary to think that the naysayers (most of which are disappointed in themselves and can't do anything about it, so they lash out at those that represent something they want) caused her to almost quit! Wow. Brandy you are extraordinarily talented and the people who say a bunch of negative stuff about your talent are FULL OF IT. Wow, she needs to stop reading her press or whatever she's getting negative feedback from. Get back to enjoying singing and don't listen to everything you hear Brandy. SERIOUSLY. *Wonderful voice.*
"I feel like she's helping the angels and God to guide me"??? Is that some of that sound teaching from C.O.C.??? God doesn't need the help of angels he created Ms. B.
OMG!! ITS NOT THAT SERIOUS! LORD IN THE NAME OF JESUS SOME PEOPLE ARE JUST SUCH SCHOLARS/ SANCTIFIED/JUSTIFIED/HOLY FOR THEIR OWN GOOD! God calls us to be Holy but not to be anal!
People who post cruel and mean comments SUCK!!! They sit behind a computer screen and judge but have failed to even look in the mirror!!! What did Brandy ever do to you? She's living her dream and you're the dumb one commenting on her and she has no idea who you are....GET A LIFE AND GET POSITIVE!
Some of these comments are just evil. God bless you Brandy!!!
Brandy, put your trust in God. Forget those mean comments. God has a plan for you and it is in HIS time. I wish you the very best in the music world and in your personal life.
Gorgeous voice, humble and beautiful. I was happy to see her performance this evening. It had a bit of Mary j bridge feel to it. This is your purpose! Don't let failures bring you down,they are part of everyones path.
What stopped her? Talentless, spoiled, had her chance. Learn to drive and tell the truth
I'm betting you havent even heard the album you are just a low self esteem having person who goes on blogs and writes mean things. Brandy is talented clearly. She also, after an intense investigation, was accused of nothing wrong. Of course people of this microwave society don't follow a story they just hear it and move on. So sad, but be blessed....
horseface...what stopped you???
She needs to drop singing and just go into Porn.
The only thing she's good for, is getting on her knees, and servicing a man.
"Brandy: Why I almost quit music"
Quick guess... because you're a talentless toad with a voice like a goat?
uhhh... maybe because she killed someone and never had to face the penalty of jail time, she's a murder. also maybe the fact she hasn't had a hit in 15 years and few people care about her and her ignorant wanna-be gangsta brother.
Who would even care? What hit has this broad had since 1998?
Hahaha so true.
why are yall bein so mean she is a beautiful, talented girl who is jus simply following her dream. yall thats posting mean stuff nedd to shut up and get a life and stop critizing hers.
It's good to know famous people aren't allowed to make bad choices in life... though it does make me wonder why so many people want to be famous.
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I, too, almost quit brandy, but the price in the liquor store went down so I bought more.
brandy is not
as a person....brandy is not.
because you were a from-the-ground-up creation of the entertainment industry, possibly even a robot?
hate scrolling down to read these comments but sticking to the topic Im glad she didnt give up on her passion. God has blessed Brandy with a beautiful voice to inspire and encourage. I admire artist who humble themselves and keeping moving forward to serve their purpose on this earth
these are examples of good mothers? these are not mothers i grew up with...these are all trash.
the lives they lead are what they created....now forget it. see you soon...
mission accomplished...we knew from day 1 who it was–if they come near you just hand the
lawyer the folder with their names on it...otherwise–i'll see you tomorrow night...i did well
we're ready to go.
is not talented
I love cheese
is no talent and can't put on a show–her husband finally gave her the walking papers...thank goodness
for small favors.
keep visiting...don't tell me anything more...thanks goodnight and great "coppie" work
the funny part is...they are not even good at it....
we need to let everyone know to change all their information asap and stay away from cnn - there is either a brain blockage or a mental disorder with these hackers. your alive because of 1 person and 1 person only.
is because of her- do you not get it–she saves you and you still stick it to her...we will have to alert everyone
to change all the computer information-this is unacceptable and i dont' want her on this blasted cnn anymore
is she home-what about the wk comp–must be there also.
to at least change all their computer hookups...this is a ridiculous behavior and people have to know.
where is she? ....
christmas because of her–and we will have tell everyone they have to change everything all their computers–
this person loved to see you everyday and this is what you continue to do to her.
we have to let everyone know to change their equipment asap. sorry.
"affect" (not "effect")
And um, yeah, no-talent vehicular manslaughter "singer": hang. it. up.
is because of her not me...understand?
I loved it when she was on The Game dressed as a dominatrix while accusing Jason of being white,man was she s@xy.
Hey Brandy?I have no sympathy for you and you unsuccessful comebacks,you are way better off than most. Young women your age in this country,so just stop talking and sing.
I've always been a fan. Brandy is so talented and I still enjoy her music!!
we hear she's representing obama..is that true? petepeace
Hit and run. 'nuff said.
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