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Chris Brown is a former church choir member, singer, songwriter, dancer, and actor. He is one of the most successful R&B singers, and he has a tall stature.
Standing at slightly above 6 feet, Chris Brown is taller than most other artists. He has the same height as Drake and is taller than Lil Wayne.
However, there are others that tower above him, such as Snoop Dogg, Dr. Dre, Jay-Z and TI among others.
Christopher Maurice Brown was born in a small town in Virginia on May 5, 1989, to Clinton Brown, a corrections officer, and Joyce Hawkins, a director at a daycare facility. Chris Brown has an older sister, Lytrell Bundy, who is a banker.
His interest in music started at an early age when he would listen to soul albums owned by his parents. Chris Brown began practicing to sing and dance, and would often emulate Michael Jackson. He would copy the moves from the Michael Jackson videos.
Brown was also part of the church choir and was involved in various talent shows. When he mimicked My Way, by Usher, Brown’s mother recognized that he had a talent, and would start to shop for a record label.
It was also at this time that Chris Brown was going through a lot in his life. His parents had divorced, and his mother’s boyfriend was abusive.
It was Hitmission Records that discovered Chris Brown at the age of 13, and who voice coached him before searching for contacts to market him. When Chris Brown auditioned in a New York office, Tina Davis, a senior executive at Def Jam recordings was impressed. Tina Davies would lose her job with the recording company.
However, Chris Brown would request her to be his manager. She consequently promoted Brown to Warner Bros records, J Records and Jive records. He chose Jive Records based on their success with young artists such as Justin Timberlake and Britney Spears.
Until 2005, Chris Brown attended Essex High School, and would later move on to pursue his music career.
Music Career and Acting
After signing with jive records in 2004, Chris Brown recorded up to 50 songs, but only 14 would be selected. At this time, he worked with top producers and songwriters such as Cool and Dre and Jazze Pha.
The self-titled album, Chris Brown, was released in 2005, and it was a commercial success. It debuted at number two on Billboard 200. It was later certified Platinum by RIAA.
The lead single, Run It, in the album, made Chris Brown the first male artist to reach the Pinnacle of billboard Hot 100 with a debut single. Three other singles from the same album, were also top 20 at the same time.
His acting career started with an appearance in an American television series, The OC. His movie debut was in Stomp the Yard, which he starred with Neyo and Meagan Good among others.
Brown’s second studio album, Exclusive, was also a significant success. It debuted at number four on US billboard 200 and had a considerable amount of positive reviews. The second single in the album, Kiss Kiss, was number one on Billboard 100, becoming the second single from Chris Brown to reach number one.
Chris Brown has mentioned several influences in his music career, and they include Michael Jackson, Usher, Marvin Gaye and R Kelly. He is quite particular about Usher’s influence on his style and often remarks that there would be no Chris Brown if there was no Usher Raymond.
In 2009, Chris Brown was involved in an argument with his then-girlfriend Rihanna, which resulted in him physically assaulting her. Rihanna would need medical attention. After the revelations, several radio stations withdrew his music and was removed from commercial ads that he featured. Chris Brown also withdrew from all public appearances, but would later hire a crisis management team.
He was sentenced to six months of community service, five years’ probation, and one year of domestic violence counseling.
In 2011, Chris Brown started dating Karrueche Tran but would end the relationship one year later, saying that he didn’t want to hurt her over his relationship with Rihanna.
Rihanna publicly announced that they were back together with Chris Brown. This was in 2013. However, two months after the announcement, Chris Brown stated in an interview, that they had broken up again. He would subsequently reunite with Tran, and then break up again.
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