Bobby Brown

Bobby Brown

R&B Singer

Robert Barisford Brown is an American singer, songwriter and dancer. Brown, alongside frequent collaborator Teddy Riley, is noted as one of the pioneers of new jack swing: a fusion of hip hop and R&B.

Full Name
Robert Barisford Brown
Feb 5, 1969
5′ 10″
Net Worth


Bobby Brown was born Robert Barisford Brown in Boston, Massachusetts on February 5, 1969. He is an American singer-songwriter and actor. His parents were Carole Elizabeth and Herbert James Brown. Bobby has three siblings: brothers Tommy and Leroy, and a sister Leolah. 

Brown became interested in music when he was young, and he formed the group New Edition with his friends in 1979 when he was just ten years old. The group gained success as they released albums like Special Edition (1985), Heart Break (1988), Home Again (1996) and One Love (2004).

In 1985, Bobby left New Edition to pursue a solo career; he released his debut album King of Stage that same year. He went on to release five more solo albums over the next two decades including Don't Be Cruel (1988), Bobby (1992), Forever (1997), The Masterpiece (2012), and Every Little Step I Take (2020). His single "My Prerogative" topped the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1989.

Bobby also had some acting roles such as A Thin Line Between Love & Hate (1996) and Two Can Play That Game (2001). He also starred in the reality show Being Bobby Brown which aired from 2005-2006. 

Brown has been married twice: first to Whitney Houston from 1992-2007, then to Alicia Etheredge since 2012. Together they have four children: son Cassius Brown, daughters Landon, La'Princia, and Bodhi Jameson Rein Brown.

Life Timeline

<div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">1969</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Bobby Brown is Born</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">On February 5, 1969 Bobby Brown was born in Boston, Massachusetts.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">1984</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Joins New Edition</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">Joins the R&B group New Edition and begins recording with them.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">1987</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">New Edition's "Candy Girl" Hits No.1 on Billboard Charts</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">Their debut hits the number one spot on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and becomes their biggest hit to date.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">1992</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Releases Solo Album "Don't Be Cruel" </h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">Releases his solo album "Don't Be Cruel" which would go on to become one of the most successful albums of the year.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">1996</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Marries Whitney Houston</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">Marries singer Whitney Houston in a lavish ceremony at her New Jersey estate.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">2005</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Appears on Reality TV Show "Being Bobby Brown"</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">Appears as a main cast member on the Bravo reality television series "Being Bobby Brown".</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">2007</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Divorces Whitney Houston</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">Divorces Whitney Houston after nearly fifteen years of marriage.</p></div>

Why We Love Them

<div id="" class="whywelove-item"><h3 id="" class="whywelove-title"><span class="whywelove-leter">A.</span> He's an Inspiration</h3><p id="" class="whywelove-text">Bobby Brown is an inspiration to many people. He overcame adversity and achieved success in spite of it. His story of resilience and determination is inspiring, showing that anything is possible if you put your mind to it.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="whywelove-item"><h3 id="" class="whywelove-title"><span class="whywelove-leter">B.</span> He's a Great Musician</h3><p id="" class="whywelove-text">Bobby Brown is a great musician. He has created some of the most iconic R&B/Hip Hop tracks of all time. His songs have been sampled by other artists and still remain popular today.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="whywelove-item"><h3 id="" class="whywelove-title"><span class="whywelove-leter">C.</span> He's a Groundbreaker</h3><p id="" class="whywelove-text">Bobby Brown was one of the first African American male singers to crossover into mainstream pop culture. As a result, he paved the way for other black artists to succeed in the music industry.</p></div>

Interesting Facts

<div id="" class="facts-item"><h3 id="" class="facts-title"><span class="facts-number">1.</span> First Male Artist to Reach Hot 100 with Debut Single</h3><p id="" class="facts-text">Bobby Brown was the first male artist in history to reach the top of the Billboard Hot 100 chart with his debut single, "My Prerogative".</p></div>

    <div id="" class="facts-item"><h3 id="" class="facts-title"><span class="facts-number">2.</span> Headed Up a Supergroup</h3><p id="" class="facts-text">Bobby Brown was a member of the supergroup New Edition, which also included Ralph Tresvant, Ricky Bell, Michael Bivins and Ronnie DeVoe. The group achieved success with hits such as "Candy Girl", "Cool It Now" and "Mr. Telephone Man".</p></div>

    <div id="" class="facts-item"><h3 id="" class="facts-title"><span class="facts-number">3.</span> First Male Artist to Feature on MTV Unplugged</h3><p id="" class="facts-text">Bobby Brown was the first male artist to feature on MTV Unplugged in 1992. His performance included tracks from his second album, "Don't Be Cruel".</p></div>

    <div id="" class="facts-item"><h3 id="" class="facts-title"><span class="facts-number">4.</span> Multi Platinum Selling Solo Artist</h3><p id="" class="facts-text">Bobby Brown has been a multi-platinum selling solo artist since the release of his debut album "King of Stage" in 1986. He has also released three other solo albums: "Don't Be Cruel" (1988), "Bobby" (1992) and "Forever" (1997).</p></div>

    <div id="" class="facts-item"><h3 id="" class="facts-title"><span class="facts-number">5.</span> Guest Starred on TV Shows</h3><p id="" class="facts-text">Bobby Brown has guest starred on several TV shows, such as "Martin", "The Fresh Prince of Bel Air" and "Living Single". He also had his own reality show, "Being Bobby Brown", which aired on Bravo from 2005 - 2006.</p></div>


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