Christopher Maurice Brown (born May 5, 1989) is an American R&B and pop singer, dancer, and occasional actor who rose to fame in 2005 with his number-one Scott Storch-produced debut single "Run It!", featuring Juelz Santana. As of September 16, 2006, the album has sold 1,533,121 units in the U.S. and three million worldwide.
Chris Brown was born to Clinton Brown and Joyce Hawkins in the small town of Tappahannock, Virginia. He is one of two siblings. He gained his love of music at an early age and was influenced by the sounds his parents played on the home radio such as Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, and Sam Cooke. Before singing, Brown was drawn to becoming a rapper. By the age of 11, he (and eventually a number of females) finally discovered his unknown vocal talents by singing along to Usher records. Brown, at 13, was then discovered by local producers who visited his father's gas station looking for talent. From there, he soon began his recording career.
Brown's local production team organised an audtion in New York for him before Def Jam Vice President Tina Davis, who currently works as his manager. At the age of 15, Brown was then sent to perform for L.A. Reid and was subsequently signed in 2004. Davis took Brown to many record labels such as Warner Bros., and Jive; Brown signed a contract with the latter. By early 2005, Brown began production for his debut album. Brown worked with the likes of Scott Storch, The Underdogs, Dre and Vidal, Bryan Cox, Bow Wow, Jermaine Dupri in production for his album. Fifty cuts were originally recorded, and only thirteen were chosen to be included in the album.
By mid 2005, Brown was introduced as a new artist with his debut single, "Run It!" which eventually became #1 in the United States and abroad. The song became an instant hit of that year. His highly anticipated self-titled debut album was released on November 29, 2005 and is certified platinum. It debuted at #2 on the charts selling over 155,000 copies in the first week of sales. Following "Run It!", "Yo (Excuse Me Miss)" became Brown's second top 10 hit in the US, peaking at #7 and #13 in the UK. It has been certified platinum by the RIAA. His third single "Gimme That" was released in March 2006 which featured Lil' Wayne for a remix that is not featured on his album. The song was written by Sean Garrett and produced by Scott Storch. The single debuted on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 at #80 and peaked at #15. Chris also co-directed his music videos for "Yo (Excuse Me Miss)" and "Gimme That". The fourth, and current single off his album is the heart-breaking ballad "Say Goodbye" which is also featured in the Step Up Soundtrack. Brown stated to hopefully release his fifth single as "Poppin'", featuring Juelz Santana and Lil' Wayne, but this is yet to be confirmed.
Brown is currently working and co-writing songs for his sophomore album which is due by 2007. He will also appear on Ghostface's "More Fish" LP, due in December of this year.
On June 13, 2006, Brown released his first DVD, entitled Chris Brown's Journey. It features Brown touring in the UK and Japan, rehearsals, getting ready for his first visit to the 2006 Grammy Awards, behind the scenes of his music videos, bloopers and much more.
On August 17, 2006, Brown headlined his Up Close and Personal Tour featuring Ne-Yo, Lil Wayne, Cherish, Juelz Santana, and Dem Franchise Boyz in Cincinnati, Ohio. The tour ended on October 11, 2006.
Other than his music career, Brown has begun some acting. He made a short appearance on UPN's One on One in March 2006. He also has made his way to movies. Brown is slated to make his silver screen debut in Stomp The Yard (originally titled Steppin') alongside Ne-Yo, Meagan Good and Lil' Fizz, which is set to hit theatres by January 12, 2007. Production for the movie began in June 2006. Brown will portray an ambitious dancer and the younger brother of the lead character.
Brown is also scheduled to have a reoccuring role in the fourth season of FOX's The O.C.. He will appear in seven episodes, which will start airing in November.
* 2006 Soul Train Music Awards - Best R&B/Soul New Artist
* 2006 NAACP Image Awards - Outstanding New Artist
* 2006 TRL Awards - Fake ID Award
* 2006 BET Awards - Best New Artist
* 2006 BET Awards - Viewer's Choice: Yo (Excuse Me Miss)
* 2006 Teen Choice Awards - Choice Music Breakout Artist (Male)