Place of birth : Misisipi, USA
Citizenship : SShA
Original name: Willie Norwood
As is known,at the very popular singer Brandy has a brother Willie Norwood Jr., also produces RnB wheels. The audience knows him by his stage name Ray J.
Ray J born in Mississippi, but as a child moved to California, and there began to take his first attempt to "work" in the world of show business. At the age of eight years, Ray J got the part in the entertainment program "The Sinbad Show", looked out on one of the commercial television channels and worked there until 1993, until the show closes.
A little later, Willie made his debut in the film, playing a cameo in the film "Steel" and "Mars Attack!", And inspired by the example of sisterI decided to try his hand at music.
In 14 years it has been obtained a contract with Elektra Records, and 16 in 1997 from Ray J released his first album, "Everything You Want". good funk, not typical for a tender age Ray J. The backing vocalists were noted Kenny Lattimore, Rahsaan Patterson and Marc Nelson proved to be written to disk.True little success drive is not reached, the album rose to only 56 seats in the charts R & B Album.
Failure to music is not repelled from Ray J hunting engaged cinema and television, and he went on to star with the help of the producers of the show Brandy called "Moesha", who liked his boys` appearance.
" I did not know ,in what direction I want to move. Seeing that there was Brandy and "blow up" all around me I just followed her. But after my album came out, I realized what was happening and decided to develop his ideas that I want to make music. "
Even before the release of "Everything You Want" Ray J song marked in double " platinum " soundtrack "Dr. Dollitle " and wrote the music for advertising Barbie dolls under contract with the toy manufacturer " Matell ".
"I started producing in 12 years, when I was given my first drum- machine. "
By 2001, Ray J began to "collect" the producers to record their next album, "This Is not A Game".
The Neptunes produced the "Wait A Minute" with a rap from Lil`Kim,mix`y dismantled on a huge number of DJs. Dj Clue, known master mixtape, was responsible for the creation of "I Got It All". Rodney Jerkins helped with arrangements for "Keep Your Head To The Sky".
" People think that this time I let something hard ," - says Ray J, discussing the "Parental Advisory" icon on the album cover. "In fact, I was never rude. I just never felt for themselves the image of a "good guy" and I like it now, what I`m doing. All that I have seen in my life, I put into this album "
The third album "Raydiation" Ray J released on the Sanctuary label in 2005. The disc was a little more successful than the previous two. Statistics notes 48-place in BillBoard 200. The album contained the hit single "One Wish" with a romantic video to it.
It seems that in his career, Ray J makes the emphasis on film. In any case, in many interviews about it, he says much more than the three not very successful albums released. In 1997, Ray J and his sister supported the charity organization "The Noorwood Kids Foundation", has assisted hundreds of young people from disadvantaged families in the Los Angeles area.