*1994 was a huge year for Black culture. It was the year the South African parliament chose Nelson Mandela to be the first president of the post-apartheid era, ending three centuries of white rule. It was the year we saw OJ and his infamous Bronco chase and musically, several prolific artists made their debut, among them: Notorious BIG, Outkast, Aaliyah and Brandy.
The Grammy-Award winning, multi-platinum artist/actress is still sharing her musical gift with the world 26 years later, as she readies the release of her seventh album, B7. As of this album, we are reintroduced to Brandy as a fully formed woman with a lot of life experience that she is sharing with her fans.
B7 marks brandy’s first musical release since 2012. This time, she’s in complete control. The project is being released on her own label – Brand Nu/eOne – She has co-written and co-produced every track on the album. The creative direction is birthed after an 8-year hiatus from music – that included a stint on Broadway in “Chicago” and a greater focus on acting.
During that same time frame, Brandy embarked on a spiritual journey after years of personal and professional turmoil. The multi-hyphenate spoke with EURweb’s Jill Munroe about the journey from her first album to seventh, working with her daughter Syrai on this album and how she expects fans to react to Brandy rebirthed.
“I was feeling down and out, like I didn’t know my worth or my value and that is not a great place to be creatively or in life. And I had to muster up the strength to fight for myself,” she reveals. “In moving forward I had to overcome a lot of things in my life that I had experienced and I had to rediscover who I am as a woman and who I am as an artist.”
On working with her 18-year-old daughter Syrai:
“It’s unbelievable to see her grow into this beautiful flower. She’s always been attached and rooted in music, just being around it since she was a baby. But to see her grow into this singer and musician. To see her be so good, to see her get into the studio, layer her voice and stack her vocals. And to be so quick and also passionate. She really loves music, it’s just who she is. And to hear our voices blended together and for us to go back and forth. It’s inspiring to see her in her light.”
Brandy’s new album B7 drops Friday, July 31.