Brandy talks new 2012 album, 'serious' comeback
Brandy Norwood is preparing for what she called her "serious" music comeback.
The R&B singer, who also goes by Brandy, is known for her role in shows such as "Moesha" and is also set to appear on the BET series "The Game," which returns for season 5 on January 10. At the recent premiere for the hit show, she told OnTheRedCarpet that her sixth studio album is slated for release within the next few months.
"The album is coming very soon - March or May," Brandy told OnTheRedCarpet.com's Rachel Smith. "I'm doing everything simultaneously. It's time. I took, what, four years off to figure it all out so it's time for me to really get back serious."
Brandy's last studio album, the 2008 record "Human," was the artists' lowest-selling effort up to that point, though generally well-received by critics. The album contained the singles "Right Here (Departed)" and "Long Distance," and also marked the end of Brandy's ties with Epic Records due to the commercial disappointment.
Brandy has signed a music deal with RCA Records in August 2011.
"This is truly a blessing," she said in a statement. "Breyon Prescott, Peter Edge and Tom Corson [RCA Music Group's president and chief operating officer] believe in me and have introduced me to a home that also believes and knows exactly what to do with the type of music I'm doing. Breyon and the team at RCA/Chameleon are creative and forward-thinking and I am thrilled to be working with them."
Brandy faced some publicized bumps in the road while trying to revive her music career, many of which were documented in her reality shows "Brandy & Ray J: A Family Business" and her participation on ABC's "Dancing With The Stars."
Brandy made headlines in 2006 after she was involved in a fatal, four-car accident that began when her Land Rover struck another car on a Los Angeles freeway. The crash led to the death of 38-year-old Awatef Aboudihaj.
Police accused the singer of vehicular manslaughter, which could have fetched a one-year jail sentence. In 2007, prosecutors said Norwood would not be charged.
faced legal issues began her music career in the 1990s and scored No. 1 hits in the United States with songs such as "Have You Ever?," and "The Boy Is Mine," a duet with Monica. In recent years, she has contributed vocals to records put out by her brother, singer Ray J, and father, Willie.
Reporting by Rachel Smith, co-host of KABC Television's entertainment show "On The Red Carpet" (check for local TV listings).