In 1994, Brandy released her self-titled debut album, which went on to sell four million copies. Her sophomore album, Never Say Never, which is arguably her best musical compilation to date, sold five million copies. The California-bred singer told EBONY.com, â€œ[At 15], I just wanted to be a star,â€ and proved to be something much more. At 19, Brandy sold nearly 10 million albums, and now she sits with six studio albums on the market with an estimated 12 million units sold throughout her career.
Thereâ€™s no doubt the two-year-old church singer from Mississippi grew into more than just a star, she became an icon for many. And if you ask her, aside from God and her parents, she has Whitney Houstonâ€”her friend, mentor and childhood idolâ€”to thank.