Brandi D. Williams has been destined to become an
entertainment icon from the day she was born. Brandi entered
the world in Detroit, the birthplace of Urban Musical
Greatness. Brandi also entered the world of as a member of a
Musical Royal Family which included Uncle Smokey
Robinson, Maternal Grandfather Bobby Rogers of The
Miracles, and Aunts Cherelle (1980’s hit-making Recording
Artist), Marvette Britto (New York Publicist) and Pebbles
(1980’s hit-making Recording Artist and founder of Multi-
Platinum group TLC).
Brandi began singing at the tender age of 3 years old in
Detroit. By 10, Brandi relocated to Atlanta, Georgia. By 14,
Brandi was pursued to be a part of a new Female Singing
Group, Blaque. By 15, Brandi was a part of Blaque and
offered a Recording Contract by Tommy Mattolla at
Columbia Records. Two years later, the group had released a
slew of Top Ten Hit Singles and sold Millions of their self-
titled Debut Album around the world. By 19, Brandi was
already a respected lead singer of a globally famous and
successful Recording Artist Group and had also co-starred in
Two Major Motion Pictures, Bring It On and On The Line (of
which she was requested to record the Soundtrack’s Feature
Singles for both as well, in addition to the hit movie Honey).
By 20, Brandi was a success in the eyes of the world, having
sold millions of albums, been Nominated for and Won
Awards and toured the globe performing...but she personally
felt like it was only the beginning of the goals she set for
Within a two year period, the group she was a founding
member of had decided to take a hiatus and Brandi began to
focus on honing her skills as a lyricist which lead to the
encouragement of everyone surrounding her to pursue a Solo
Recording Artist Career. Brandi began recording tracks and
founded her own Production Company over the last year and
reconnected with Veteran Talent Manager Carlo J. Farina.
Brandi has been recording to prepare for her Debut Album,
signing Recording Artists to her Production Company (Toon
Town Productions) and reviewing film scripts to decide
which role to accept next.
Most recently Brandi also connected with friend and fellow
Recording Artist Nelly. Nelly pursued Brandi to record with
him what became the enormous hit single “GRILLZ” (also
with Paul Wall, Ali and Gipp) in November 2005. Brandi was
not given credit publicly for being a part of the track, which
created the nationwide controversy on radio stations and
internet chat rooms among the general public as everyone
wondered “who is that girl” singing the catchy part of the
song, which was later revealed to be Brandi by her loyal fans.
Brandi D. Williams’ Solo Debut album and launch is
expected to commence in mid-2006. Brandi is preparing to
captivate the attention of the worldwide audience with her
captivating blended R&B; and Hip-Pop musical style and
fashion sense that will undoubtedly set trends around the
MiddleChild got a chance to speak with Brandi about her
future plans, her current success, and what her fans can
expect from her this year.
MiddleChild: What's up Brandi?
Brandi: Hi. How are you?
MiddleChild: I'm good. I just wanted to speak with you
about some of your upcoming plans and what's going on
with you right now.
MiddleChild: So what can you tell your fans about your
Brandi: Well I can tell them that it's going to be a
wonderful album. I'm very excited about my first solo
album. It's something that I've been wanting to do for a
long time and I finally have the opportunity and the
courage (laughs) to just do my thing and try to make the
best album I can make! So, I'm hoping that they're (the
fans) looking forward to what I have to offer.
MiddleChild: What vibe are you going for on your solo
venture? How would you classify your sound?
Brandi: My sound I would have to say is still very fresh,
still new. Still young with a Hip-Hop, R&B; Pop type edge
to it, as well. I hope they (the fans) look at it as something
fresh and young, but still mature because I'm 23 now.
(both laugh) It's gonna be a little more mature than the
previous Blaque stuff that they would think about.I'm
MiddleChild: Well that's a good thing. Can you tell me
about what producers you're working with?
Brandi: Well, I started working with the producers
named The Platinum Brothers, here in Atlanta, Georgia.
We're actually in the works of getting some new up-n-
coming producers as well as some heavy hitters that are
out there doing their thing. But right now we're in the
midst of picking producers and picking songs. I did start
with The Platinum Brothers here in Atlanta though.
MiddleChild: That's cool. Now, we can currently see you
and hear you featured on Nelly's number one hit
"Grillz". Congratulations on that!
Brandi: Thank you.
MiddleChild: How did that come about?
Brandi: Well I've been knowing Nelly for a few years.
We're friends and everything and he was here in Atlanta
at JD's studio. I mean, at like 1:00 in the morning
(laughs) He was like "B, I need you to come down and do
this song" and I was like "What?". He said "Yo, I need
you to come to the studio. To JD's studio. We doing this
record and it's crazy and I need your voice on it." So I
said "Are your for real", because I thought he was joking,
because he is a jokester. I thought he was playing. So I
was like "Are you for real" and he was like "Yeah...I need
you on this record." So I got into my car at like 1:30 in
the morning, drove down to So SO Def Studios...heard the
track and it was amazing! He was telling me that he was
trying to get Paul Wall on it and I thought "that's
incredible". The fact that they are talking 'bout grillz,
which was hot. To me, I thought it was going to be his new
"Air Force Ones". I thought it was going to be big...if not
bigger and I would love to be a part of that! I thought it
was amazing and I was honored that he even thought of
me to do it.
MiddleChild: Well because of you I went and bought me
a grill. How bout that? (both laugh)
Brandi: That's good. (laughing) That's great.
MiddleChild:(laughs) Yep. Well there is controversy
surrounding the song also for the simple fact that radio
and the video is not crediting you on the song. Is there
any real reason why they are not giving you credit for
Brandi: I don't know...I really don't have that answer. I
really don't know! We've (My Manager and I) been going
back and forth for a minute (with Nelly's people / label)
about it to see what really happened and why I didn't get
credit for it. Because, you know. I feel I should just like
everyone else, but...It's cool...People still know it's me and
I'm excited that people recognize. Like yesterday, I was in
the grocery store at about 12 at night and this guy was
like "You're the girl from 'Grillz'. You're Brandi." So
people still know it's me. They recognize me. I'm happy
knowing that it was my first number one record. I'm just
excited to have been a part of it. I wish I could've been
recognized like everyone else, but you have to take the
good with the bad and I'm thankful and blesssed that I
had something to do with the song.
MiddleChild: So you have spoken out about it?
Brandi: No, No...I don't feel that I need to do that. People
know that it's me and I'm happy that I was a part of it. I
don't think that I need to go and do something crazy and
it become drama. Like I said, I'm just happy to be a part
MiddleChild: Ok. Well let me say, it's just good to see and
hear you again. Have you been recording with any other
Brandi: Actually, we have some suprise guests that are
supposed to be on my new and upcoming album.
(laughing) I'm excited about that! But as far as all that,
I've just been in the studio doing my thing and trying to
get my album right. We got a few major suprises though
for the album.
MiddleChild: Have you been writing?
Brandi: Yea. I've been writing like crazy. This will be my
first time really being serious as a writer. I wrote a few
things here and there for the Blaque albums, for different
soundtracks and things like that, but I am really starting
to get myself into being a writer and I am having a lot of
fun with that. I'm suprising myself with some of the songs
I'm coming up with and the melodies too. So yes, I enjoy
writing and I'm loving it right now.
MiddleChild: Well that's cool. I can't wait to hear it. We
all know that you come from a very musical family. Did
they give you any advice as far as your career goes?
Brandi: Yes. I come from a crazy, crazy big "family"
thats been around. My father is a producer and was in a
group back in the day. My Aunt Cherelle and also My
grandfather, who was in "The Miracles" and also mu
cousin Smokey Robinson. So every once in a while when I
get to see them...like, my Aunt Cherelle actually lives in
Atlanta so I get to see her alot. She always tells me to
make sure I just stay true to myself and stay focused and
believe in myself. My father always tells me...his favorite
words are "Brandi, just be humble and sweet and they'll
love you regardless." (both laugh) My Aunt Pebbles used
to always tell me to stay focused. Aunt Pebbles will say,
"This business can be hard, but if I love it then I won't
give it up". I haven't yet because I love it so much! My
grandfather too is just so proud of me...just to see that I
can do my thing and still be in it from the age of 16 and
now I'm 23 and still doing my thing. They're very proud
of me like I am of them.
MiddleChild: I think we all are for real. You have some
very loyal fans that have stuck with you through the thick
and thin. What do you think has been the hardest thing
you have had to face in your career so far?
Brandi: The hardest thing. Ok, I'm gonna have to be
brutally honest. The hardest thing would have to be going
through the transition with Blaque and then going from
Blaque to now Solo. It's scary! I'm used to having two
girls with me. I look to my left, I look to my right, I got
somebody with me. This has been a little more difficult,
cuz it's just me. You know though, I just have to believe in
myself and to be confident but it can be hard. I'm so used
to having Shamari and Natina right there with me...but I
am ready now. Like "Grillz" was my first Solo record...so
like when I did the video for that, I was thinking "Oh my
Goodness. I'm scared, cuz I never did a video by myself".
(laughs) So, I called Shamari and Natina and I was like
"Please come to the video shoot". It was difficult, but I'm
learning how to do it on my own. It's been a fun ride so
far. I got a great record out of it that I am proud of
doing...I got "Grillz" out of it. It's crazy that my first
record coming out as a solo artist went number one, so
hopefully we can only keep going up from there.
Hopefully my very own first single from my album will do
the same. So that's basically been the hardest thing...just
going from a three girl group to now everything being all
on me. But I'm loving it and ready for it and very excited
MiddleChild: Well your fans gonna hold you down no
doubt. Do you have any idea when you will be giving us a
Brandi: We're (Brandi and Brandi's Manager) shooting
for hopefully this Summer. But you never know.(laughs)
Record Labels and the timing and everything else has to
be right. But, thats what we're shooting for...this summer.
MiddleChild: And are you currently signed to a label?
Brandi: Actually we're in the process of negotiating.
We're looking at a few deals right now, so we got a few
things on the table. Any minute now.
MiddleChild: Well we looking out for you. I always gotta
represent for you. You know, you and your group mates.
We as fans were real upset about the situation and not
getting the releases of "Blaque Out" and "Torch". We're
still here pushing for you and you best believe I got your
Brandi: Thank you. I appreciate it so much!
MiddleChild: No problem. Before I let you go, can you
give us an update on Natina. We know she gave birth to a
little boy awhile back. How is she?
Brandi: Oh yes, She is doing wonderful! He is actually
three. He'll be four next month.(laughs) His name is Trin,
my little nephew. He's beautiful. A beautiful boy. She's
doing really well. She's actually here in Atlanta working
on some things. Just her and Trin. (laughs)
MiddleChild: Well I'm sure everyone will be happy to
know that as well. Like I said, we're pushing for you and
we will be on the look out for you later this year.
Brandi: Thank you. I really appreciate it.
MiddleChild: Thank you. You have a good day.
Brandi: Ok. You too and thanks again!
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