Brandy: Why I almost quit music
October 16th, 2012
05:00 PM ET

Brandy: Why I almost quit music

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."

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  1. TMW

    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.*

    October 28, 2012 at 7:33 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Meathead (of the Word)

    "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.

    October 26, 2012 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sourya


      October 31, 2012 at 5:19 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Jaie

    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!

    October 23, 2012 at 4:43 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Whoa!

    Some of these comments are just evil. God bless you Brandy!!!

    October 23, 2012 at 8:55 am | Report abuse |
  5. Ashley

    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.

    October 22, 2012 at 6:08 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Evm

    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.

    October 21, 2012 at 6:26 pm | Report abuse |
  7. 243reallife

    What stopped her? Talentless, spoiled, had her chance. Learn to drive and tell the truth

    October 20, 2012 at 1:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • jaycee40

      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....

      October 29, 2012 at 7:37 pm | Report abuse |
  8. and

    horseface...what stopped you???

    October 18, 2012 at 11:14 am | Report abuse |
  9. Max

    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.

    October 17, 2012 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
  10. John

    "Brandy: Why I almost quit music"

    Quick guess... because you're a talentless toad with a voice like a goat?

    October 17, 2012 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Duane in Fremont

    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.

    October 17, 2012 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Jake

    Who would even care? What hit has this broad had since 1998?

    October 17, 2012 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Stella

      Hahaha so true.

      October 19, 2012 at 10:04 am | Report abuse |
    • jupitar15

      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.

      October 31, 2012 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Mike

    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.

    October 17, 2012 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
  14. thomas R. Clauss (in diapers)

    camden Mall will revitalize East Camden; J.J. Lewis is working hard to lease the Food Court first.

    October 17, 2012 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Thomas R. Clauss (age99)

    The Camden Mall will be built. J.J. Lewis is the Leasing Agent for our project!

    October 17, 2012 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
  16. Clete

    I, too, almost quit brandy, but the price in the liquor store went down so I bought more.

    October 17, 2012 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
  17. you are controlled

    brandy is not

    October 17, 2012 at 9:52 am | Report abuse |
  18. your enabled

    as a person....brandy is not.

    October 17, 2012 at 9:49 am | Report abuse |
  19. duh

    because you were a from-the-ground-up creation of the entertainment industry, possibly even a robot?

    October 17, 2012 at 9:11 am | Report abuse |
  20. uggh

    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

    October 17, 2012 at 9:10 am | Report abuse |
  21. JANDY

    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 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.

    October 17, 2012 at 7:18 am | Report abuse |
  22. Brandy

    is not talented

    October 17, 2012 at 6:33 am | Report abuse |
  23. the need to be

    brought in.

    October 17, 2012 at 6:33 am | Report abuse |
  24. Cheese

    I love cheese

    October 16, 2012 at 11:50 pm | Report abuse |
  25. Brandy

    is no talent and can't put on a show–her husband finally gave her the walking papers...thank goodness
    for small favors.

    October 16, 2012 at 10:39 pm | Report abuse |
  26. i only want to know if they

    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....

    October 16, 2012 at 10:33 pm | Report abuse |
  27. its a nut job

    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.

    October 16, 2012 at 10:28 pm | Report abuse |
  28. the only reason why your "alive"

    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.

    October 16, 2012 at 10:17 pm | Report abuse |
  29. we have to tell everyone we know

    to at least change all their computer hookups...this is a ridiculous behavior and people have to know.

    where is she? ....

    October 16, 2012 at 10:13 pm | Report abuse |
  30. stfu...its over .... your only seeing

    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.

    October 16, 2012 at 10:11 pm | Report abuse |
  31. Smart Potato

    "affect" (not "effect")

    And um, yeah, no-talent vehicular manslaughter "singer": hang. it. up.

    October 16, 2012 at 9:54 pm | Report abuse |
  32. the only reason why your not in a slammer

    is because of her not me...understand?

    October 16, 2012 at 9:45 pm | Report abuse |
  33. Makiel

    I loved it when she was on The Game dressed as a dominatrix while accusing Jason of being white,man was she s@xy.

    October 16, 2012 at 9:04 pm | Report abuse |
  34. Barney Conners

    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.

    October 16, 2012 at 8:23 pm | Report abuse |
  35. Meoshia Norris

    I've always been a fan. Brandy is so talented and I still enjoy her music!!

    October 16, 2012 at 8:17 pm | Report abuse |
  36. Is Brandy a democrat...

    we hear she's representing that true? petepeace

    October 16, 2012 at 8:03 pm | Report abuse |
  37. edgybutsoft

    Hit and run. 'nuff said.

    October 16, 2012 at 7:58 pm | Report abuse |
  38. homealoneboutique

    reblogged to the homealoneboutique

    October 16, 2012 at 7:50 pm | Report abuse |
  39. bagladyboutique

    Reblogged this on Bag Lady Boutique.

    October 16, 2012 at 7:47 pm | Report abuse |

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