Brandy discusses growing pains

    Although it’s been a while since we’ve heard new solo music from Brandy, she is looking forward to her album that is dropping this summer.

    Two Eleven is coming out in August.  I’m really excited about that,” she told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

    “It’s just great to be back to music and do what I love to do consistently and full time,” said Brandy feels like she’s in the right place to put out a new album.

    “This project means so much to me. I’ve worked very hard on it. I feel like I have found that right place and the right people are in my life to help me fulfill this dream that I’ve had for a while.”

    During her time off, the singer said she’s learned a lot about herself and she is a different person than who she was when she was a teenager fresh on the scene.

    “When you’re 15 and 16 you don’t really know who you are. So when you are growing up in the public eye and you have this image to uphold, you start to believe the false about you—you know, this is who I am. I’m Brandy! That’s my name; that is not who I am on the inside. That’s not who I grew into as a woman.”
    “I am not perfect and I don’t have to be perfect. I am not above mistakes. I can make them and it’s OK. I don’t need to beat myself up for making a mistake.”
    “I beat myself up a lot as a teenager, wanting everything to be perfect. [I’m] absolutely a people pleaser, trying to please my fans, trying to please my family, trying to please my record label—anybody that I worked with. I wanted everybody to like me. You know that will drive you into the grave. So I was able to cut that out before that happened.”
    But after years off and learning more about herself, she’s ready to perform again.
    “Even in the break that I took—of course it was great for my spiritual journey and personal self—but there was a part of me that wanted to be on stage,” she said.  “There was a part of me that wanted to reach out and touch people and sing to people. That’s a big part of my destiny so I’m back at it.”
    Now Brandy is using this upcoming album to give back to all of her supporters.
    “A lot of people out there are rooting for me,” she said, “a lot of people who believed in me when I didn’t believe in myself. I owe this to them.”

    —Chelsea Boone



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