Brandy competed in season 11 of “Dancing with the Stars,” had her own TV show, “Moesha,” from 1995-2000 on UPN and also recorded her debut album as a teenager, earning her a Grammy nomination in 1996 for the song, “Baby.” In 1999, she won the Grammy for the song “The Boy Is Mine.”
Brandy just signed a recording deal with RCA Records, according to a blog posted today on the L.A. Times website. She joins the ranks with other RCA artists including Britney Spears, R. Kelly, Christina Aguilera and Justin Timberlake.
CP: Now, let’s talk about your fans, specifically your gay fan base. Does it seem to you that you have a lot of gay fans?
Brandy: Yes, it does. It’s funny, recently I was in a parking lot, and one of my gay fans came to the car and knocked on the window. He said, “Oh my God, Brandy, you’re so beautiful, I want to be straight!” It was the funniest thing. I knew that he was just playing with me, but that was his way of saying I was beautiful to him, and I was really flattered by that.
CP: A lot of gay men seem to like glamorous, larger-than-life singers. Do you have an idea why?
Brandy: I do get that sense, I don’t know why that is. I mean, I like glamorous divas too!
CP: Do you have an opinion about gay marriage?
Brandy: I just think that love is free, that’s what I think. I feel like if people want to be committed to each other, I don’t think there should be any problem with that. I don’t judge people on what they do. I just know that love is free, and anybody can feel it, whether it be with someone of the same sex or the opposite sex.
CP: I imagine, that being in show business since you were young, you have been around gay people for a long time. Do you have a lot of gay friends?
Brandy: I do. And I love them—it’s no different. I don’t even like to categorize anybody, saying they’re this way or that. If I have a great chemistry with someone, that’s what’s important.
Also, Wassup N ATL has listed on its website that Mary J. Blige will perform live on Sunday, Sept. 4, at its Grown & Sexy Sundays at Park Tavern.
For a list of all Black Gay Pride events (subject to change), click here.
Top photo: R&B singer Brandy to perform at Atlanta’s Black Gay Pride (publicity photo)