“Brokenhearted” (“Brandy” — 1994)
Brandy revealed that at the tender age of 14, she recorded this song in one take. That in and of itself is astounding, but the reason why is hilarious. She wanted to go to Six Flags with her friends, but the song’s producer said she couldn’t leave until she finished recording. You can hear the passion and pain well beyond her years in the original album version of the song. It was later released as the fourth single from her self-titled debut as a duet with Boyz II Men frontman, Wanya Morris. The single reached number nine on the Billboard Hot 100.
“Slower” (“Two Eleven” — 2012)
This Chris Brown and Sevyn Streeter penned song showed off a previously unheard sexy and sultry Brandy. Her vocal performance oozed provocativeness and confidence on the Diplo produced track. Her run at 1:12…enough said.
“Have You Ever?” (“Never Say Never” — 1998)
Arguably Brandy’s signature ballad, the Diane Warren penned classic sees her sing with conviction about unrequited love. Filled with the “money notes” that defined a ‘90s ballad, Brandy delivered and gave a tear jerking performance. According to Brandy, she viewed the song as a challenge for her due to her voice still developing. Her hard work, however, paid off as the song would go on to become her first solo number one on the Billboard Hot 100.
“Without You” (“Two Eleven” — 2012)
What makes this record so great is that it spotlights Brandy’s voice without her trademark backgrounds. It reminded the listener that even without her layered vocal style, Brandy was still able to deliver powerful vocals as she belted throughout the hook.
“Perfect Love” (2010)
Taking center stage on this previously unreleased acoustic gem, Brandy’s incomparable voice shines all the way through Though not featured on an album, “Perfect Love” would have been the perfect single for a movie soundtrack. She infuses her R&B roots with the acoustic guitar driven song and the result is divine.
“Nothing” (“Full Moon” — 2002)
“Baby” (“Brandy” — 1994)
“Necessary” (“Afrodisiac” — 2004)
“Camouflage” (“Human” — 2008)
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