William Ray Norwood Jr. (born on 17 January 1981) In McComb Mississippi, more commonly known as Ray J is a singer of R & B and actor in cinema American. Ray J’s Net Worth Is $20 Million. This is the younger brother of the singer Brandy, with whom he starred in the Moesha series in the mid-90s. Still, with his sister, he took over the title of Another Day in Paradise on the tribute album to Phil Collins: Urban Renewal. He is also present in the clip of his sister Right Here (Departed) at the beginning. He was the companion of Whitney Houston.
Biography and Career
Beginning of life
William Ray Norwood Jr. was born in McComb, Mississippi. Son of Willie Norwood and Sonja Bates-Norwood. Her older sister Brandy Norwood is a singer and actress American; he is the second cousin of Snoop Dogg. In his earlier days, he moved with his parents from McComb, Mississippi to Carson, California, and in 1989 began appearing in television commercials for different companies.
In 1989, at the age of eight, he began auditioning for Norwood and appearing in television commercials. This period in Norwood’s life would shape his career by giving him a role in the UPN, Moesha comes Dorian “D-Money.” Earlier in his career, Ray J was known for wearing a headband.
1997-2006: Everything You Want
He signed with Elektra Records in 1995 and began recording his first album, Everything You Want the same year. “Let It Go” appeared on the soundtrack for Set It Off. The album reached number # 25 on the Billboard 200 in the United States and number # 11 in New Zealand. The second single was achieved by the number # 54 in the stop Hot R&B / Hip-Hop Songs of Billboard. In 1997 he produced, joining the music for several commercials and some of the demos for his second album.
He taped “Another Day in Paradise” with his sis Brandy Norwood, which was a top 10 hit in over ten countries including Austria, United Kingdom, Germany, Sweden, Switzerland, Belgium, Norway, Ireland, and the Netherlands, and number # 11 in Australia and France. Norwood also worked with The Neptunes, Rodney Jerkins, and Lil ‘ Kim, and several other producers and singers for their second studio album This Is not a Game. The album was released in 2001. The first single ” Wait A Minute ” reached # 30 on Billboard.
After a two-year break, Norwood returned to recording studios, adding the finishing touches to his third Radiation studio album with the help of producers such as Rodney Jerkins, Timbaland, R. Kelly, and Rob Egerton. The album was eventually released on September 27, 2005, in North America after several delays, debuting at #48 on the Billboard 200, selling 18,321 copies in its first week. The ” One Wish ” was a top 20 hit in the US, UK, Ireland and New Zealand. Radiation has sold more than 400,000 copies in the country.
In 2005, Norwood joined the cast of the series UPN, One on One, where he played D-Mack’s character at the end of the season. In both shows, Ray’s character was related to Brandy’s (cousin/half-brother in Moesha, and brother in One on One ).
2007-2011: Fri tape, All I Feel, and The Family Business
In February 2007, a pornographic homemade video he made with ex-girlfriend and socialite Kim Kardashian in 2003 was publicly released. Kardashian sued Vivid Entertainment for the ownership of the film.
The Knockout Entertainment announced a multi-million dollar album deal with Koch Records and the “Deja 34” entertainment company of Shaquille O’Neal. The first album for this business is the fourth album by Ray J All I Feel, which features the game and Yung Berg among others. It was released on April 1, 2008. The first single from the album is “Sexy Can I,” with rapper Yung Berg reaching # 3 on the Billboard Hot 100 for six weeks. A video for the track, directed by R. Malcolm Jones, was filmed in December 2007.
In 2010, Norwood and his sister Brandy Norwood debuted the VH1 reality TV series Brandy and Ray J: A Family Business together with their parents. The show premiered in April 2010 and chronicled the events behind the scenes of the two brothers, playing a more critical role in the management of their family and the production company.
2012-present: Raydiation 2
Ray J is currently working on his next solo album, Raydiation 2. The first single ” I Hit It First ” was released on April 6, 2013. “I Hit It First” caused controversy by talking about Kim Kardashian and Kanye West. The song has since debuted at # 51 on the Billboard Hot 100.
- Everything You Want (1997)
- This Ain’t a Game (2001)
- Raydiation (2005)
- All I Feel (2008)
- Raydiation 2 (2013)
- For the Love of Ray J (2009)
- The Enemy Within (1994)
- Once Upon a Time…When We Were Colored (1996)
- Mars Attacks! (1996)
- Steel (1997)
- Christmas at Water’s Edge (2003)
- Kim Kardashian Superstar (2007)
- Envy (2008)
- A Day in the Life (2009)
- Black Sash
- BET Countdown
- All That
- Wild N Out
- Television Ads (1989–1993)
- The Sinbad Show (1993–1994)
- Moesha (1999–2001)
- One on One (2005–2006)
- Kim Kardashian (2007)
- For the Love of Ray J (2009–2010)
- Brandy and Ray J: A Family Business (2010–2011)
- The Rickey Smiley Show (2012–present)
- Bad Girls All-Star Battle (2013-present)