One of the most accomplished R&B stars in the past few decades; Bobby Brown is aiming to conquer a different form of media with Bravo's new series "Being Bobby Brown."
Born in Boston, Brown grew up in the notoriously rough local neighborhood, Roxbury. Brown joined his neighborhood friends, Michael Bivins, Ricky Bell, Ralph Tresvant, and Ronnie DeVoe, to form the group New Edition when he was only thirteen. After competing in several local talent shows, New Edition was signed by producer Maurice Starr and after the success of the debut smash single "Candy Girl," they got a deal with major label MCA. At MCA, the group released two follow-up albums in two years, notched their biggest hit, the top five single "Cool it Now," and released a Christmas album in December 1985. Following this, Bobby Brown left the group to embark on a solo career.
Brown's debut solo release, "King of Stage" produced the major hit "Girlfriend." His follow-up solo album, "Don't Be Cruel," however, topped the charts, and made Brown a megastar. The album went on to sell over 7 million copies and spawned five top ten hits, including the title song "Don't Be Cruel," "Roni," "Rock Wit'cha," the number one, chart topping "My Prerogative," and "Every Little Step," which earned him a Grammy Award in 1989 for Best Rhythm and Blues Vocal Performance, Male.
In July of 1992, Bobby Brown married fellow superstar Whitney Houston, and in August, he released his third solo album, "Bobby." "Bobby" went double platinum, and the hit "Humpin' Around" was a smash, reaching top five on the pop charts and earning Brown a Grammy Award nomination for Best Male R&B Vocal Performance. This album also spun off several R&B hits, including "Good Enough," "Get Away," "That's the Way Love Is," and a duet with his wife, "Something in Common." Brown won the American Music Award for Favorite Soul/R&B Male Artist in January 1993. In 1995, Brown reunited with New Edition for the number one album "Home Again," and a comeback tour. At the end of that tour, Brown again departed to focus on his solo career, and he released the album "Forever" in 1997. More recently, Brown released a greatest hits album in 2000, and contributed to Ja Rule's single "Thug Lovin'" in 2002. This collaboration won Brown a Source Award for R&B/Rap Collaboration of the Year in 2003. Brown's career defining hit, "My Perogative," was covered by pop star Britney Spears in 2004, and again shot up the charts.
While always maintaining his focus on music, Brown has also been venturing into the movie side of showbiz. In 1996, Brown co-starred in the hit movie, "The Thin Line Between Love and Hate," and in more recent years he has appeared in the films "Two Can Play That Game," "Go for Broke," "Gang of Roses," and "Nora's Hair Salon."