|Source of Wealth:
|Actor, Rapper, Dancer, Singer-Songwriter, Record Producer, Entrepreneur
|May 5, 1989
|R&B, Hip Hop, Pop
|Christopher Maurice Brown
Chris Brown is an American singer-songwriter, actor and dancer who became the first male artist since 1997 to have his debut single top the chart. He has sold an estimated of 140 million records that makes him one of the worlds best selling music artists. In his career, he has received numerous awards including Grammy Award, 15 BET Awards, Billboard Music Awards and Soul Train Music Awards.
Chris Brown's Early Life
Christopher Maurice Brown, born on May 5, 1989 in Tappahannock, Virginia, was the youngest son of Joyce Hawkins and Clinton Brown. From a young age, music has already been introduced to him since he was involved in his Church choir. He taught himself how to sing and dance and made Michael Jackson as his inspiration in pursuing his talent.
Joyce Hawkins recognized Chris Brown's talent after seeing him perform and has been very supportive that she began to look for the opportunity of a record deal.
A local production team Hitmission Records discovered Brown, offered him voice lessons and helped him look for a record deal during his early career. During his performance in New York, Tina Davis, an executive at Def Jam Recordings and Antonio "L.A" Reid was impressed and offered to sign him that day. Later on, Brown chose Jive Records due to its successful work with some of the Hollywood artists.
After joining the Jive Records, he began making his own debut studio album. Chris Brown's album ranked number two on Billboard with first week sales at an estimated of 155,000 copies on first release. With the success of the album, it sells over two million copies in the U.S and three million copies in the entire world.
Brown has also starred many roles in an American TV series The OC, has been a video host for St. Jude Children's Hospital for a Math-A-Thon Program and appeared on a family drama named This Christmas. He started to release his first album in 2005 and as of July 9, 2020, it was announced that he already has the name of his tenth album Breezy.
Musical Style and Influences
Brown stated that there are a lot of artists that gave him an inspiration but Michael Jackson has always been the main reason for his music. He became known as a smooth voice in music style. His R&B style has been recommended and has also caught the attention of Iyana Robertson, an Entertainment Director. His song "Take You Down" from his second album has gained him a Grammy Award nomination for Best Male R&B Vocal Performance.
Personal Life and Issues
Brown dated Rihanna from year 2007 to 2009 until they had an argument which turns into physical violence and assault, leaving Rihanna with bruises on her face. When Brown was arrested, several commercial ads and some TV shows of Brown were suspended. in 2013, Brown has been sent to Rehab. In the same year, Brown and Rihanna confirmed that their relationship had resumed and stated that "It's different now". However, they parted ways again on the same year. Brown has a daughter with Nia Guzman in 2015 named Royalty. On 2019, he welcomed his son named Aeko Catori Brown with Ammika Harris.