We need to feel community, we need to feel togetherness, we need to feel love right now. “A black Barbie with braids and little baby hairs coming out,” she smiles. If Brandy has inspired a lot of young artists coming through, by the turn of the century, a lot of them were overtaking her and at the forefront – as the years progressed, it became harder for Brandy to establish a hit and find consistency. I wonder whether Brandy has experienced cheating and trying to come to terms with someone who has led her astray. Another theme that keeps coming to mind, and one that I am really interested in, is how an artist’s music sounds when signed to a label, and how much freedom they have. Look at some of the biggest R&B artists of today, and those who owe a big debt to Brandy: “That’s good news for the R&B community, which unabashedly stans Ms. Norwood. The repeat factor for this track is 100% as each time you hear something new about the vocals or production. Though it would have been nice to hear her voice really belt and strike in the chorus, that is not to say a more levelled and restrained vocal performance is less affecting and lacking! To go in a slightly different direction, and it is amazing to consider where great singers started out; what was the root of their soulfulness and ability. The Production Team: R.I.P LeShawn Daniels from the epic Darkchild production family. As this Billboard interview with Brandy from this year highlights, 2020 has been a year when women have led; she also talked about the power of music: “We’re going to remember 2020 for a lot of things, but it’s become the year that women led the R&B pack. “He was such a light,” says Brandy of Daniels." I knew just with the way the track sounded, I never heard anything like that. In some ways, I think Brandy has incorporated some of the sounds of Never Say Never on her new album, B7. of Never Say Never, but it never reached the same heights, and there were few songs that had the same connectivity and magic as The Boy Is Mine. I think rushing albums and releasing material that is not to her best could have been damaging. I always want to be mindful”. I believe in it, and I just felt like this was the time.” Brandy (HuffPost/Taryn Finley/2020). Maybe they are not aware of Brandy’s legacy and how important she is to other artists. In several interviews Brandy explained her creative process. Brandy is a real black woman from the West-Coast of the USA and doesn’t play when it comes to her heart! The 2020 Billboard Music Awards went off without a hitch. Why Sam Smith is a Problematic entertainer! From Aretha Franklin and Mavis Staples to P.P. I knew that it was a special record before I got on it, before Monica got on it. Ultimately the singing: Brandy is the vocal bible and at the end of the day I saw her perform ‘When You Touch Me‘ live for the first time in the history books in London UK in 2013. It is what we all need, and I feel like we need it more now than we ever have. I’m able to give her advice and let her know that she has a lot of time, she can grow up a lot without having to be in front of the public eye. “Music is my therapy,” she nods, almost to herself. Album Review: Brandy, B7. In the meantime, go buy or stream B7, as it is one of the year’s best albums and, as I said, women are dominating with so much variety and strength. I do worry about the sort of pressure artists face to keep putting out material, and that is true of Brandy. While there were other hits – Have You Ever, What About Us?, Talk About Our Love – by 2005 Brandy’s commercial appeal had stalled. Camper also produced the track alongside Brandy and the late-great LeShawn Daniels from the Darkchild family! I do really love Brandy’s voice throughout Borderline, as it does take us deep inside her heart; the sheer conviction with which she sings cannot be faulted! She uses a vocal technique which almost mimics an auto-tuned vocal but is totally naturally performed. (Yeah)/Would you think about me?/I know there's something wrong with you” leads me to think that there was this relationship that has gone wrong, or there is a division between the two. Just reading the production credits from ‘Borderline‘ gives even the basic music connoisseur chills! If an artist self-pens and produces material, I guess they can mould and progress their own sound but, in the case of so many R&B and Pop artists, they have teams behind them that help define the sound of an album. The singer, who last appeared at … Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. It was so freeing for me, because I did get a chance to really dig in and write from my heart of hearts. She has enjoyed major success, and there have been some years where things have been a little less stable. How would I want to express myself? Fascist French Doctors Want to Experiment on Africans for COVID-19 Vaccine. Post was not sent - check your email addresses! You see despite the fact that Brandy is alone throughout the clip, Borderline is in fact a track about a romance and in a roundabout way you can even say a love song. The start shows Brandy being led into a padded cell by two members of staff at a psychiatric ward, and that cuts to images of Brandy alone on stage as she looks up with a tear in her eye. Brandy has returned to us after an eight-year wait and she's coming with something different on her new album B7. To understand that by the time Brandy became a mother; her position in the music industry was unmatched and still is! Brandy’s songs hit different and sound fresh too. On top of all of this, the pair were so young, with Brandy being 19, and Darkchild 20 when the album was released. I do like the unconventional nature of the video, and how it helps bring the song to life in a way many people might not have considered! Not many artists would be confident enough to release an album during a pandemic like Brandy! It is good that, on her seventh album, Brandy is looking ahead and has found fresh spark. To find him, it was a match made in heaven, and it still is…. Today, as in years past, there is this sense of expectation from fans and record labels. Brandy is in complete head voice for verse one. I want to take a slightly chronological path from here because, as I consider the young Brandy singing at church to the successful artists she is now, one has to look at her earlier years. Looking at the video, and we get fast-forward scenes of Brandy in a cell and, whilst it is quite unsettling, there is something quite stirring and striking. 2002’s Full Moon had a lot of the team and D.N.A. Some of Camper’s stand-out tracks include; Krysiuk is new on the music scene and co-wrote with Ariana Grande on the number 1 pop smash ‘7 Rings’ (2019). As this article highlights, Brandy faced a low point and battled depression and disorientation: “Despite working with everyone from Frank Ocean to Bruno Mars, by 2008 Brandy’s music career was flagging — even she recognised writer/producer Rodney Jerkins didn’t give her his best work on the project. This song is a nice way to remember his legacy and impact on the music industry. The third verse, again, takes us into Brandy’s psyche and offers reason as to why she has found herself in a strange and lonelier space “I'm so dangerous, baby/I need you to see/Believe what you see/Feel what I feel/And my feelings don't die/It's why I cry (Cry)”. (H.E.R., Mariah Carey), and the late LaShawn Daniels, the Grammy-winning producer and "Boy is Mine" co-writer who died last September in a car crash. Some music critics and Brandy aficionados argue that the singer’s third studio album Full Moon secured her place in R&B history and catapulted her into the greats category, complete with the "Vocal Bible" title. Brandy co-wrote every one of the fifteen tracks on B7, and I think that is a reason why the album has resonated with so many people. Brandy Preps ‘Borderline’ Ahead of ‘b7’ Album Release Jul 20, 2020 Multi- platinum, Grammy Award-winning R&B singer/songwriter and actress Brandy, has come roaring back with a new fearless and inspiring attitude. And I'm thinking, "My music is not about exactly what's going on right now." The Guardian Newspaper/Cragg Michael/ July 14th 2020). If R&B, in recent years, has seen men make big strides, 2020 is the year where women have regained assertion and power. Brandy, “Borderline” artguide; ADVERTISE; SUBSCRIBE; BACK ISSUES; CART; PRIVACY POLICY; CONTACT; FOLLOW; All rights reserved. This is the year where we all need to feel like we have something to get us through. She doesn’t have to come out at 18. This year has been an incredibly strong and varied one, despite the fact it has been a very challenging time, some truly wonderful albums have been released! It is not the case that women from a certain genre have been leading the charge: artists from various corners have added so much brilliance. As the video cuts from Brandy in her cell – where soon she is wrestled and restrained – and her on the stage shedding tears, some of the most standout lines arrive: “Got another lady, havin' a baby/Goin' crazy, but I'll be your friend, baby/Take what I can, baby”. A talent show regular, her demo CD eventually found its way to Atlantic; when the label signed her, Brandy’s mum became her manager”. When she was four, her family moved to LA. Brandy B7 [Apple Music][Google Play] Borderline is a terrific song that packs a powerful video. "It’s not that I had no creative control before but I was inspired to be more hands-on with this project because I was approaching it as if it could be my last time making music.” Brandy co-wrote and -produced all but one of the new project’s 15 songs, and worked with an impressive group of collaborators, including Kim “Kaydence” Krysiuk, songwriter/producer Darhyl Camper Jr. Before reviewing a track from B7, I wanted to lead in with a positive aspect. I will move on now, as I am keen to assess my favourite song from B7. Tragically, Daniels died last September during the making of the album. Towards the last section of ‘Borderline’ Brandy hits a haunting raspy high note using her perfect pitch control. If artists hurry and put out albums every year, they can rush and create something quite disposable and untrue to them! I was able to really get a lot of things off of my chest, really use music as a way to escape and heal. Borderline: The best song on the album and a smart choice for second single, even though sadly it won't chart well due to R&B of this nature not being popular with the mass market. Darkchild’s production mixed with Brandy’s complex yet controlled runs, effortless riffs, and dope background vocal arrangements were a musical marriage made in heaven. And then when Monica put her stamp on it, you just heard the contrast between her and I. I knew that it was gonna be something special, but I had no idea it was going to do what it did. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. Brandy attacks the track with pitch perfect harmonies and her legendary breath control as she scats all over the track like Ella Fitzgerald. Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. One can see parallels between Brandy and her daughter and, as she (her daughter) has the music bug, Brandy understands the business and wants to keep her daughter protected. ( Log Out /  This article discusses the success of Never Say Never, and how Rodney Jenkins helped expand and strengthen Brandy’s music: “Never Say Never was completed in the spring of 1998 and ready for a June 9 release. Brandy is a legend after her there will be no other not none (NANN) on her level! I took my time in that way. “People would never guess the dark space that I was in about a year ago and how long I was sad and depressed. Before I look at a few different aspects of Brandy and her music, I want to nod to one of my favourite songs of the 1990s: The Boy Is Mine. Brandy has now reached a level in her career where her music is simply a tool for her to spread love, peace, relatability, and healing to others. ‘B7‘ marks a turning point in Brandy’s life and career in which she evolves into a music icon and phenomenal business woman. Brandy used B7 as a source of healing, freeing herself from the situations that seemed to hold her in contempt. 'B7' Review: Brandy cements herself as R&B royalty with first album in 8 years and 'Borderline' video Brandy delivers flawless vocals, smooth vibes and effortless storytelling on comeback release and proves her crown is hers alone I think a lot of critics have not given her albums the respect and love they deserve. ( Log Out /  “I’m scared of that. with a new album! Let's not get started with the lack of diversity within staff that is 100% contributing to customers feeling the blatant judgement / borderline racism.. It’s the shortcut to feeling that right away”. ‘B7’ is a triumph. If there is anything to take away from B7, it's that she has staying power; which is not something a lot of artists (Especially new artists) can say. I went to Broadway, and Broadway was an eye-opener for me. Conversely, it is impressive that she remains composed and does not succumb to the tension that is clearly there! Instead, Brandy knows that her personal life is not as ideal and settled as it could be, so she provides some form of explanation in the fourth verse: “Maybe in another lifetime (Right place)/Caught me at the wrong time (Wrong time)/In the end, I'm the only one/Gon' get torn apart (Oh)”. Brandy’s voice is at once smoky and dark, but there is so much nuance and layers to be found. Brandy admitted she renewed her faith in God and focused on daughter Sy’rai, who is about to turn 14 and regularly features singing on her mother’s social media. She's new, improved and only getting better with time. Labels, especially big labels, help get the music out there, but some of the autonomy and flexibility artists enjoy can be stripped. The blend between the lead vocal, backgrounds and the beat is iconic. It showed in my physical frame and in my eyes,” Brandy said in 2014”. He helped me find my voice.” Brandy grew confident as both an artist and a young woman on Never Say Never, creating an album that showed both personal and vocal growth. As a young child she would accompany her dad, a gospel vocalist and choir director, to their local church in Mississippi. Perhaps more notably, listeners easily … In a review for the album, Soul Bounce called "Borderline" a "standout", adding that the track would "definitely [be] going to get many repeat spins." Her latest album seems like one of her most realised and personal. Songstress and actress Brandy returns to the scene with her seventh studio album, ... Beginning with “Borderline,” Brandy takes us on a musical journey of the facets of love. I just pray he’s proud of what I was able to complete”. When interviewed by Cragg Michael in The Guardian Newspaper Brandy opened up about working with Daniels on her lasted project before his death in September 2019; “it’s a little scary because I had to finish it without him […] I just wonder: would he be proud of what I was able to put together?” (Brandy. Change ). I’m glad Brandy is getting her flowers. There is little in the way of real anger and blame through the song. Long may it continue! I have talked a lot about Brandy and her impact. When would you say that the process for this album started for you? Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. 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