YOU canâ€™t blame Brandy for being a little nervous stepping back into the recording studio. Four years have elapsed since the release of the R&B/pop singerâ€™s fourth album, Afrodisiac. And it has been just two years since her headline-making car accident in which another driver died.
â€œOnce you get into a zone, itâ€™s hard to come out,â€ says Brandy, who will not face criminal charges but still faces a wrongful-death lawsuit that goes to trial in April. â€œWhat I experienced in the past couple of years was tough, but I had to face it and find the strength to move forward. Connecting back with music has definitely helped me through everything. Once I got back in the studio, the butterflies went away.â€
Musicâ€™s uplifting power provided the thematic undercurrent for her new album, Human, due December 9.
Brandy co-wrote several songs on the album, including Fall with Epic labelmate Natasha Bedingfield.
The lyrics drew inspiration from a daily journal Brandy began keeping. â€œGetting in touch with how I felt made me want to sing about it,â€ Brandy says. â€œThis entire album is about life and what we all experience â€“â€“ that weâ€™re not alone and sometimes need to be uplifted.â€
Brandy rose to prominence at 15 with her 1994 self-titled debut for Atlantic. Her final album for the label was Afrodisiac, which has sold 417 000 units in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
Between recording, she also starred in the popular â€˜90s TV show Moesha, which still runs in syndication. â€“â€“ Reuters/Billboard.