Bobby Brown, whose birth name is Robert Barisford Brown Sr., is a veteran American singer, songwriter, and dancer born on February 5, 1969, in Boston, Massachusetts. He gained early fame as a member of the group New Edition in the late 1970s before embarking on a successful solo career. Known as one of the creators of New Jack Swing, a fusion of hip hop and R&B, Bobby Brown has left an indelible mark on the music industry.
Bobby Brown Early Life and Education:
Bobby Brown grew up in the Orchard Park Projects in Roxbury, Boston, as one of eight children. His father, Herbert James Brown, worked in construction, and his mother, Carole Elizabeth, was a substitute teacher. At the age of three, Brown was inspired to pursue a career in music after witnessing one of his childhood heroes, James Brown, performing in Boston. He joined the church choir, where he honed his vocal talent and drew influences from artists like Prince, Marvin Gaye, Michael Jackson, and Rick James.
Bobby Brown Career:
After leaving New Edition in December 1985, Bobby Brown launched his solo career and achieved remarkable success. His second album, “Don’t Be Cruel” (1988), became a commercial and critical triumph, producing five Billboard Hot 100 top 10 songs, including the number one hit “My Prerogative” and the Grammy Award-winning “Every Little Step.” In 1989, he contributed two tracks to the Ghostbusters II soundtrack.
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