Brandy Rayana Norwood (born February 11, 1979), known professionally as Brandy or Bran'Nu, is an American recording artist and actress. Born into a musical family in McComb, Mississippi and raised in Carson, California, she enrolled in performing arts schools as a child. In 1993, Norwood appeared in a supporting role on the short-lived ABC sitcom Thea and signed a recording contract with Atlantic Records. The following year, she released her self-titled debut album; singles "I Wanna Be Down" and "Baby" peaked atop the Billboard Hot R&B Singles chart. Norwood starred in the successful UPN sitcom Moesha in 1996, which lasted six seasons and resulted in roles in the 1998 horror sequel I Still Know What You Did Last Summer and the TV films Cinderella (1997) and Double Platinum (1999).