When she first hit the scene we all wanted to be down, after singing baby, baby, baby, baby, we were all brokenhearted and sittin’ up in our rooms. Then she let us know that the boy was hers and that you can never say never. There was a full moon and a little aphrodisiac, but in the end we found out that she is only human.

We all know who she is, she’s Brandy: an actor, singer, songwriter, mother, sister and so much more. After a hiatus and a lot of turmoil, Brandy is back and ready to spread her musical wings. Relationships, legal matters, Ray J and other topics came up during the interview, but we respect everyone’s right to keep matters private. In the meantime, Clutch garners a little insight into the world of Ms. Norwood.

On promoting now as opposed to the past
Promoting is a lot different for me because my life is very different from my past. I was 15 when I first started singing professionally, I didn’t have the responsibilities that I have now. I have a daughter and its very difficult being away from her.

On being intimidated by other female artists who have been on the scene
My mom always told me to never look at anybody else because that takes the focus off of me. I respect any artist that lives out there as well as their dreams because that is an inspiration for me to do the same. I think there is a lot of real talent out there. Music is self-expression, so there really is no right and wrong. It’s about preference.

On where she was mentally when she recorded her new album and what she wants people to gain from the album
The Human album reflects several different life experiences that I have been faced with. Each song has a different vibe and mood. Every song brings about the feeling of what the lyric is. I want people to feel like they have a connection with me and that they are not alone in the situations that they face or go through. At the end of the day we are all human and we are all the same.
On growing up in the spotlight
The only thing I missed out on was a private life. Everything else, I wanted.

On being from Mississippi

I love the south. My mom has a beautiful place in Mississippi that I love to visit. It is so peaceful there I go back as often as possible. I can cook (smiles), like a southern woman? I don’t know about that.

On her most memorable collaboration
My most memorable collaboration was with Monica. It was such an event! I would love to work with Will Smith in some capacity.

On if she has any regrets
I’m going to say no. There are things that I think back on at times and wonder why I didn’t make a different decision but I don’t obsess because I know I can’t change anything. I have to live for today and go forward with a confidence that everything is in Divine order.

On her greatest accomplishment

Having my daughter was the proudest moment of my life. Motherhood is great and challenging, she keeps me on my toes.

For more information on Brandy please visit www.foreverbrandy.com.

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