Chris was born to Clinton Brown and Joyce Hawkins in the
small town of Tappahannock, Virginia. Chris Brown is one of two
siblings. Chris gained his love of music at an early age and was
influenced by the sounds his parents played on the home radio
such as Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, Sam Cooke, Donny
Hathaway, Aretha Franklin, and Anita Baker. By the time he was
13, Chris Brown was discovered at a gas station where his father
worked. From there, he was taken to local music producers so
that he could begin a career in music.
Chris Brown got his big break when his local production team had connections with record labels. Chris then flew to New York and auditioned for Def Jam Vice President Tina Davis, who now currently works as his manager. From there, Chris Brown was sent to L.A. Reid to perform for him. Davis took Brown to many record labels such as Warner Bros., and Jive. Brown ended up choosing Jive Records because he felt it was in his best interest.
In 2005, Chris Brown came out with his debut single, "Run It!" which was #1 in the United States and abroad. Chris's self-titled debut album was released on November 29, 2005 and is now certified platinum. It debuted at #2 on the charts selling over 155,000 copies in the first week of sales. Brown worked with the likes of Scott Storch, The Underdogs, Dre and Vidal, Bryan Cox, Bow Wow, and Jermaine Dupri in production for his album. Following "Run It!", "Yo (Excuse Me Miss)" became Brown's second top 10 hit in the US, peaking at #7 and #13 in the UK. It has been certified platinum by the RIAA. His third single "Gimme That" was released in March 2006 which featured Lil' Wayne for a remix that is not heard on his album. The song was written by Sean Garrett and produced by Scott Storch. The single debuted on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 at #80 and climbed the charts quickly. Chris also co-directed his music videos for "Yo (Excuse Me Miss)" and "Gimme That". His fourth single, the ballad "Say Goodbye", was released in July 2006 and is also included in the Step Up soundtrack. Brown is currently writing songs for his sophomore album, which is to be released in 2007.
On June 13, 2006, a DVD was released entitled Chris Brown's Journey. It features Chris Brown touring in the UK and Japan, rehearsals, getting ready for his first visit to the 2006 Grammy Awards, behind the scenes of his music videos, bloopers and much more. The DVD was certified gold with more than 500,000 copies sold.
Other than Chris Brown's music career, Brown has begun some acting. He made a short appearance on UPN's One on One in March 2006. He also made his way to movies. Chris Brown is slated to make his silver screen debut in Steppin' (release: c. January 2007) along with Ray-J Ne-Yo and Robin Thicke. Filming for the movie began in June 2006. In the movie, Brown will portray an ambitious dancer and the younger brother of the lead character.
Although Chris is not enrolled in a public school anymore, he is currently attending home school where he is being taught by tutors.
Chris Brown's third single "Gimme That" is about him being attracted to a woman who is three years older than him. The song is not very different from his personal life.
Chris Brown stated he had 3 serious relationships at his young age Brown has three tattoos:
Chris Brown has 1 older sister
Brown is now helping Upcoming singer/songwriter Brandon Mcleod with an upcoming album It's Over Now.
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