Brandy took to the stage and performed at Baltimore’s African-American Music Festival. Some of the classic hits she performed included ‘I Wanna Be Down,’ ‘Baby,’ ‘The Boy Is Mine‘ and ‘Have U Ever.’ Brandy is working on new music. It is too early in the project’s development to discuss details, she said, but Brandy did hint at the direction she is headed. Do not expect the same upbeat sound of the previous album, she said.
“Right now, my spirit is not in the same it was in with ‘Two Eleven,’“ Brandy said. “I’m a little more melancholy right now, so I want to create music around my mood, that way it will be honest.”
When asked the cause of her mood, Brandy remained ambiguous, but it is no secret her personal life has recently experienced a significant change. In April, Brandy and fiancé Ryan Press called off their 16-month engagement. On the phone, she seemed purposefully mum on specifics.
“Sometimes when you center yourself, you get a little bit quiet. Sometimes when you’re too loud, you can’t really hear anything, so I’m just sitting back and listening right now.”
Family matters most to Brandy, who is a mother to 12-year-old Sy’Rai Iman Smith. Brandy said she can already tell her daughter wants to follow in the family footsteps (“It’s in her blood”), but she wants Sy’Rai to have a more-normal life before trying to break into such a tough industry.
“I know what I went through as a kid, growing up in the public eye,” she said. “It’s tough on anybody who doesn’t really have a sense of who they are, and then you’re being everything that everybody wants you to be, and you’re not that either. I don’t want her to go through that if she doesn’t have to.”
Aside from parenting and new music, Brandy said she is developing her own TV show. She was frustrated she could not share specifics, but said, “it’s not going to be out until it’s right.” In the mean time, she remains a cast member of BET’s football-themed drama “The Game,” playing Chardonnay Pitts.
Still, music remains her therapy and “the way I can express myself the easiest,” Brandy said. For her African American Festival performance, she had one message for fans in Baltimore: “Let’s get it in!”
“Come hype, because I feed off a hype crowd,” Brandy said. “If the crowd is kind of ehh, it doesn’t mean I’m going to be ehh, but it’s just harder to create that magic when you don’t have the connection with the audience. I just hope they come ready to go, because I’m going to be ready.”
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