Chris Brown Biography

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He’s a lot like the 16-year-old boy living in the house next door to you: one minute he’s five-foot-seven, the next he’s 6’1. One minute he’s a cute little boy trying to dribble a basketball, the next a superstar point guard. One minute he’s ducking under the covers pleading for five more minutes of shut-eye, the next he’s racing through a day full of recording, performances and interviews.

With his easy-going demeanor and schoolboy charm, Chris Brown could easily be somebody that you know. With his incredible voice and a debut cd laced with clever lyrics, hypnotic tracks and impeccable vocals, he’s someone that the world will soon know.

Chris isn’t part of some A-list producer’s camp. Nor does he hail from any of those famous urban music hubs like NYC, Compton or the ATL. Straight from Tappahannock, VA --- population 2000 – Chris Brown proves that real talent, persistence and charisma still have a place in the music industry.

One listen to Chris’ 16-year-old voice and you’re tempted to draw comparisons: Michael Jackson, Tevin Campbell, and Usher. But listen a bit longer and those comparisons begin to dissipate as it becomes clear that, while Chris certainly channels the creativity of those who have come before him, he definitely has a style, a flavor and a place in music that are all his own.

His debut CD Young Love takes us on a journey through the malls, parties and teen hangouts as Chris covers a variety of subjects: A girl that he’s dying to hit the dance floor with. A girl that’s got another man. A girl that has him totally and completely head over heels in love. It’s an album about young boys, young girls -- young love.

The first single, the Scott Storch-produced “Run It,” is an irresistible up-tempo dance joint with an attention-grabbing hook. “It’s basically saying to a girl ‘If you’re at the party by yourself, show me how you get down but if your man’s here, tell me first. So basically it’s talking about runnin’ it. Go ahead, do your thing.”

The slightly braggadocios “Gimme That” finds Chris running down his credentials to a hottie. “It’s just explaining how I’m coming out, the typical bragging about yourself a little bit but not too much and telling the girl who might be older than you ‘You may be three years older , but you hot, Gimme that.’”

The title track, which was produced by The Underdogs and includes an interpolation of Blue Magic’s 70s classic “Side Show,” addresses the age-old issue of puppy love. “This song is going to be the new teenage anthem,” says Chris. “Even when teenagers really are in love with each other a lot of older people are like ‘Love? You’re barely old enough to go outside at night!’ But what they don’t know is that kids our age really do have feelings for each other so this song is basically telling older people that even though we’re young, we still love each other. I think all the teenagers can relate to it.”

Producers Dre and Vidal serve it up on the melodically pleasing “Yo,” a song simply about a boy seeing a beautiful girl that he can’t allow to escape his grasp. “It’s about a girl that you maybe saw at a party or at a mall. You’re telling your boys, ‘I need to holla at her’ but you don’t know her name and you just say ‘Yo!’”

But when Chris Brown says ‘yo’ it’s as if he gives new meaning, new depth and whole new feeling to the word. Chris’ vocals are fresh and inviting, soulful and soaring. He wraps his emotions around each and every lyric and adds the right amount of passion, fun and swagger at just the right time.

From the vocally acrobatic “Your Man Ain’t Me” to the tender, ponderous “Is This Love” (both produced by The Underdogs) to the naughty ‘Poppin’ (a tribute to a young lady’s physical attributes), Chris Brown explores the many colors of life and love as a teenage boy and he does so without being too infantile or too raunchy. “You don’t want to come out too sexual,” he explains. “I’m young. I want to appeal to people my age as well as older people. This gives me time to grow with my audience so I can make that change when I’m about 20. But for right now I don’t wanna be too kiddie but I don’t wanna be too grown.”

In selecting songs for Young Love, Chris said he simply relied on his own sense of what was hot and what was real for him and his peers. “When I hear these songs, I feel something. I know I can relate to them. I take myself out of the artist box and I become an audience member and I critique myself.”

Chris got his musical initiation early on, inspired by what he refers to as the “eclectic” taste of his parents and soaking in the sounds of his favorites: Michael Jackson, Sam Cooke, Stevie Wonder, Donnie Hathaway, Anita Baker, and Aretha Franklin.

But, like most young boys, Chris was soon drawn to rap and was certain that he would be the first emcee to put Tappahannock on the map. “I was rapping,” he recalls. “I didn’t understand that I could sing until I was like 11 or 12. My mom heard me singing around the house and she said, ‘What are you doing? You really can sing!’ So then I started going to school and singing to the girls.”

By the time he was 13, Chris realized that his voice was more than just a chick magnet. And so did his mother as he began to hook his son up with various producers. “When I went in and started working, there were ups and downs but I loved it and I knew I wanted to do it for the rest of my life.”

And the rest of his life is off to a great start. Chris Brown comes to the music industry fully-loaded as not only a talented vocalist, but a versatile songwriter, an amazing dancer and a blossoming young businessman who has learned the many intricacies of the music industry. Still, he enjoys a rousing game of basketball and, despite his demanding career, he says. “I still hate waking up.”

Chris may still be a lot like the boy who lives next door to you. But not really. You’ll see.

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C H R I S+B R O W N | Reviewer: phumlani breezy brown | 3/16/14

Chris Brown!❤
I love you so, so much & I'm
gonna try to keep this short!!
People think I'm not your fan
because i don't know the
hospital you're born in etc ! But i
don't think that's a reason! My
breeezy! I know that you are
incredibly talented! You can
dance, sing, rap flawlessly and on
top of that you are sdfghjkl
stunning,perfect! I don't care if
you ever read this or not, you're
just my babe, i love you,keep
doing what you're doing! Ignore
the hate because I LOVE YOU SO
Haha that might sound a bit
creepy, but you do inspire me, i
love you with my entire heart❤
#teambreezy #phumlani

Going craaaazzzzzzyyyyy | Reviewer: Candie | 9/1/13

Hei u watever dnt b bitter. Talking abt u knw Chris,wat u his...
Anyways unlike smeother people I want to talk about a song that Chris is featured in "It won't stop". Shit that song is the shit, everything this guy touches turns to gold. Man I just heard it two days back and as I'm wrtting this is on repeat:-D

he is an angel. | Reviewer: MeklitBrown:') | 7/5/13

Chris Brown!❤

I love you so, so much & I'm gonna try to keep this short!!
People think I'm not your fan because i don't know the hospital you're born in etc ! But i don't think that's a reason! My breeezy! I know that you are incredibly talented! You can dance, sing, rap flawlessly and on top of that you are sdfghjkl stunning,perfect! I don't care if you ever read this or not, you're just my babe, i love you,keep doing what you're doing! Ignore the hate because I LOVE YOU SO MUCH

Haha that might sound a bit creepy, but you do inspire me, i love you with my entire heart❤ xxx


go away please | Reviewer: Anonymous | 2/4/13

This guy needs to be thrown in a pit with Bieber and any other full of themselves pieces of shit. Useless, no talent hacks. If they had to perform like a real musician without any autotuning they would not even sound as good as my asshole when it is spraying shit at 100miles an hour.

cute boy | Reviewer: parisa | 2/11/13

im an iranian girl.i think you are the most attractive dancer,singer and actor.when chris is dancing i full of energy.i love uuuuuuuuuuuuuuu...i absolutley love dancing with you a day.

i love chris brown | Reviewer: tianasexigurlbennett | 1/8/13

i love chris brown to death and yall b judgein him like we all got our falls like we have no room to tlk so everybody just shut up n relax n in joy the ride n if u dnt nobody care......yall judge him but look where he at n look at u like ur poor n hes rich but all yall can do is keep on hatin because yall dnt have a life HATERS,....;;;[.';;!@@#^&))(**&*)(*((**&(*:><>":"{")(*^$$&^$^%7

just saying whats up | Reviewer: andre wilmore | 5/12/12

Hey my name is andre wilmore I'm 16 years old and I just wanna say dude u got it Ur a great singer and dancer. I can't dance to save my life but I can sing very well I also play instruments I play keyboard guitar trumpet drums and the piano I been making songs and I been working hard to get notice I just wanna say that Ur like a role model to me I see u as my big bro that I never meet in person I hope I can make it in the music industry like u did. Keep up the good work and I will be waiting for your next song

Christian Brown letter | Reviewer: Christian Brown | 2/28/12

Hi im Christian brown and i just say that i am obsessed with Chris brown and also i love your music and VERY ATTRACTIVE so i just wanna say shoutout to Chris brown keep doing what you doing and don't give up

really, sexy | Reviewer: alishia pernell | 2/21/12

Chris Brown you are really, really cute and you also have an amazing voice but why did you hit Rihanna you two were an amazing couple so even if you didn't hit her why did you two break up! I will love you always!

Alishia Renee Pernell
=Sexy Bunniez=

older chick | Reviewer: Anonymous | 1/15/12

Chris brown, you are very attractive,appear to be very humble but you are also very talented. you have come a long way and trust me i am 35 but I look about 25. sweetie you can get it.

God bles ur soul,luv u to much | Reviewer: Boogy | 1/7/12

Christopher maurice brown,dude i am lyk ur BIGGEST fan,sum myt even say am obsessd,i jst wana let u knw dat i love nd appericiate u n ur music,u hve thee cutest smile,nt to mention those dance moves.anyways swity godbles u nd ur loved 1's i hpe ur music career grows,and u continue growng as an individual and artist...
P.s:u totaly hve a sexy u to bits.

chris brown lover | Reviewer: shahidah brown | 12/27/11

aaaaaahhhhhhh i luvvv u ,u noe how every1 says im ur biggest fan well fyi im ur biggest biggest biggest fuckin fan every single day im talking about uuuu my sister used 2 hate u so i bashed da fuck out of her now she likes u well shes not obssesed with u as much as i am oh just let u noe that i am 12yrs old,ur soooo CUTE and HOT and GORGEOUS u noe how u were about come to perth i actually cried 2 cum 2 ur concert but u didnt cum cause u were sick so u went back 2 america.l REALLY WANT 2 CUM AMERICA everyday im saying i want 2 go america and im soo happy cause im coming 2 america maybe when i grow up or maybe these days my mum always says as a joke whe u get married tell ur husband 2 take u and im like fuck off in ur dreams but she was just joking around im coming 2 america cause of u newboyz and nicki minaj and more people all iwant 2 say is I LUV U MORE THEN MY FRIENDS XOXO

ur ma mentor guy | Reviewer: aziz maishy | 11/9/11

waz up nigger am danigger lookin 2 ya listenin 2ur music every dy n niyt ur music rocks the wad icant envision how can bwen me an n u shake da hands n shoot 1 videeo wid u man da song say good by taught me a lot n keepy it up nigger iwish u da nice lyf man

4 yuh breezy | Reviewer: Drea n breezy | 10/10/11

Omg ...... Yuh r lyke da only celebrity that i really luvvv .. I luved yuh sence da day that yuh came out ... I am lyke a HUGE fan of yours .. No matter wat chuu do to your hair yuh still lookin SEXY.. Luv yuh breezy #teambreezy#

Chris Brown | Reviewer: Rinah | 8/9/11

yah i luv his songz "he is ITE" some of them hav taught me hw to luv,some have helpd me thru my darkest moments, sum safed me from boring ones, some have taught me hw to let go.on behalf of all those' life he has touched, thank u. i am sorry m not head over heels,i am one person who dsnt lyk taking mi hopes high coz i havnt quite learnt hw to embrass life's disapointmnts,imagine if i was to write dwn mi love for him and then he dsnt even read it,i get a responses from his assistant,no..thnx.
much respect tho, Gudjob chris "keep it up my dear"

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