Brandy Shares Struggles and Triumphs on MTV’s ‘This Is How I Made It’

Brandy

Before she topped the charts and became one of R&B’s leading ladies, Brandy was an insecure 8-year-old singing in the church with her family. The superstar singer reflects on her journey to stardom on MTV’s “This Is How I Made It.” She reminisces on her childhood, signing her first record deal, and looking up to her idol Whitney Houston.

“What she did to my soul when I first heard her sing, I didn’t believe that she was real. I didn’t believe that someone could actually sing like that,” said Brandy of the late legend. “I just wanted to be exactly like her.”

In school, she was picked on and had trouble fitting in. But she knew she was destined to be a star after dancing in the talent show and earning a standing ovation.

While she never had plans to be an actress, she took every opportunity that came her way. She eventually landed a role on “Thea” and signed a deal with Atlantic Records at the age of 14. After the success of her self-titled debut, she was tapped to lead the cast of the ’90s sitcom “Moesha.”

Despite all her success, she started to doubt herself later in her career. “I have a fear of not being great,” revealed Brandy. “I started to believe that I was really a has-been, that it’s over for me. But I learned everything about myself through tough times and struggles.”

Watch Brandy’s rollercoaster ride in the 9-minute episode.

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24 Comments

  1. Yeakelly

    This really just made me smile. She has such a good heart. Totally here for that! Wishin u the best bran

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  2. channelPink

    LMAOOOOOOO @ ““I started to believe that I was really a has-been, that it’s over for me.” It actually really is. You’re not alone there’s has been status for you, kim, missy, eve, ashanti so and so forth. You guys did ya thing back in the days now it’s time to hit the old folks home.

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    LEGOOOOO!!!! Reply:

    @channelPink, well clearly shes not a has-been since you felt the need to watch the video. You yourself proved that she isnt:) many people, like yourself, are still checking for her.

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    Kyle Reply:

    @channelPink, I guess a “has been” is better than a “never has been.” People throw that name around like it’s an insult but is it really? You’re basically giving credit to all that they’ve accomplished in the past. Brandy has had a stellar career and continues to release great quality music. “Two Eleven” is such a great album and I’m glad she’s still rockin after all these years.

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    deelee Reply:

    @channelPink, CLEARLY you dont know the outstanding recognition she received for the album

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    TakeTheseFactsB*tch Reply:

    @channelPink, And YET, alot of the females you named set the standard’s for females in music today (including BRANDY).

    Name a artist in today’s music that’s staying true to their roots and actually doing something different, I’ll wait.

    Alot of today’s artist are ALL HYPE!, the 90′s were a long time ago but yet the music back then still surpasses today’s music. SMH

    A dumb a*s comment, for a dumb a*s person.

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    key Reply:

    @channelPink, putting kim missy eve names u must me nikki fan, lest talk about her in 15/20years and see if her music will still on tv/radio/clubs. prove no one selling anymore, fist week of albums out used to be over 500.000 copies and the best selling artist today making maxi 250 lol

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    Jay-Me Reply:

    @channelPink, You’re a straight up hater.

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    vince Reply:

    @channelPink, this is why i can not stand Nicki Minaj fans and I wish her so much failure because of her ignorant fans. Yall want people to respect Nicki and what she’s done but yall never can show respect to others. Yall are a selfish group of fans and that is why Nicki pushed 37,000 copies.

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  3. LEGOOOOO!!!!

    Yes Bran!!!

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  4. W

    such a beautiful watch. inspiring
    She is finally back, so happy for her

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  5. OMG Just Google Kelsnetwork and see what happens!

    so inspirational…

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  6. Prouy of Uk 2013

    Great Interview & I like her album

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  7. Arie

    I love her. I really wish she would do a I wanna be down type of song for old time sake.

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  8. SayAyeYoJay

    This was beautiful. Her tone, her accomplishments, her confidence. It’s all beautiful. This is what music needs. This is a role model. I pray that she continues to see success and to grow as an artist and person.

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  9. Chloe Spade

    I love Brandy! She needs to release a new single! Two Eleven is hot!!!

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  10. Chazzarae

    Word on the curb is that “Do You Know What You Have/Without You” are the new singles… Do You Know will service to Urban/Rhythmic Charts and Without You will service Pop/Urban AC so we shall see..i hope she shoots videos for both songs!!!!!!!!

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    W Reply:

    @Chazzarae, where do you hear/read that?

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    Chazzarae Reply:

    @W,someoneon her team spilled the tea on twitter…

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    FOH Reply:

    @Chazzarae, I know “Do You Know What You Have” is very possible for the next single… But I heard “Without You” is not the next single unless they changed they mind to do a dual single… But if this is true Im with it 100%>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

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  11. Jay-Me

    I really enjoyed watching this and connected with it. “I have a fear of not being great.”

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  12. Beehive

    I think they should replace without you with “no such thing as too late” if they’re going to do dual singles. And without you is nobodies pop song…. But who isn’t trying to release r&b in the pop sphere nowadays …

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    [...] Despite all her success, she started to doubt herself later in her career. “I have a fear of not being great,” revealed Brandy. “I started to believe that I was really a has-been, that it’s over for me. But I learned everything about myself through tough times and struggles.” [RapUp] [...]

  14. Kwame louder

    Brandy is a fucking beast nobody is fucking with her.. She is are generation legend and that’s real….

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