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William Ray Norwood, Jr. (born January 17, 1981), better known by his stage name Ray J, is an American singer, songwriter, record producer, actor, and rapper. He is the son of gospel singer Willie Norwood and the younger brother of Contemporary R&B singer Brandy.

He was signed with Elektra in 1995 by Darryl Williams. In 1997, he performed in a television special with his sister, but despite the mainstream attention, he was dropped by Elektra soon after. His easygoing image and boyish looks appealed to the producers of Brandy’s television show, Moesha, scoring him a role on the popular UPN series starting in 1999. He also started producing, putting together the music for several commercials and a few of the demos for his second record. In 1997 he also released his debut album Everything You Want, recorded the year before, which spawned two singles. “Let It Go” was the lead single of the smash soundtrack for Set It Off (Brandy also appeared on the soundtrack; and her song “Missing You” with Tamia, Chaka Khan and Gladys Knight peaked also at number 25). It peaked number 25 in the U.S. and number 11 in New Zealand. The second single peaked at number 54 on the U.S. R&B chart.

After appearing on the last episode of Moesha in 2001, Norwood stepped back into the studio and recorded “Another Day In Paradise” with Brandy, which was a Top Ten success in Austria, UK, Germany, Sweden, Switzerland, Belgium, Norway, Ireland, the Netherlands and number 11 in Australia and France. The song was the lead single of the R&B/Hip Hop tribute Urban Renewal, in which he co-produced and performed songs.

William Ray Norwood Jr. (born January 17, 1981), known by his stage name Ray J, is an American singer, songwriter, record producer and actor. Born in McComb, Mississippi and raised in Carson, California, he is the brother of recording artist and actress Brandy Norwood and the first cousin of rapper Snoop Dogg.

William Ray Norwood Jr. was born in McComb, Mississippi to Willie Norwood and Sonja Bates-Norwood. His older sister Brandy is an award-winning, multi-platinum recording artist. Early in his life, he moved with his family from McComb, Mississippi to Los Angeles, California, and in 1989 started appearing in television commercials for different companies. In 1989, at the age of eight, Norwood began auditioning for and appearing in television commercials; he played the foster son in The Sinbad Show, from 1993 to 1994. This period in Norwood's life would shape his acting career. According to Bradley Torreano of allmusic, "his easygoing image and boyish looks appealed to the producers of Brandy's television show, Moesha, giving him a role on the UPN series as Dorian "D-Money", a role he played from 1999 until the show ended in 2001.

He wrote the song, One Wish for someone special, however, he'd rather not say who it was for.
Ray J looks for a girl that is smart, very secure, independent.
When he was young, his favorite artist was Michael Jackson.
His favorite food is grilled chicken and vegetables.
In his spare time, he likes to relax and take exotic trips.
His favorite song in the album "Raydiation" is Centerview.
The first song that made him fall in love with R&B music was Thriller by Michael Jackson.
His dad inspired him to become a singer.
Ray J parlayed his success on television into a music career at the age of 14.
His trademark is fisherman hats.
His parents are Willie Norwood and Sonja Norwood.
From 1994-2002, he was signed to Atlantic Records. However, he signed to Knockout Records in 2005.
His associated acts are Brandy, Willie Norwood, Rodney Jerkins, Whitney Houston, Kim Kardashian, The Neptunes, Snoop Dogg, Shorty Mack, B2K.
His height is 5'7".
He started auditioning for commercials at age eight.
This second single off of his sophomore album: "Raydiation" is entitled "What I Need." His first single was "One Wish."
HIs video Wait A Minute was banned by BET due to a few scenes he had with Lil Kim. The two of them making out was deem uncomfortable based on Ray J still being a minor (17) at the time.
Ray J released his third album Raydiation on September 20, 2005.
He served as host of The Source Soundlab.

 

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