This performance sparked a dream of becoming a singer. Brown joined the church choir, where he recognized and developed his singing abilities. However, Rackley left the group early and good friend Ralph Tresvant joined the group at the suggestion of Bell who sang with Tresvant as a duo. Brown was also familiar with Tresvant since they were kids. Travis Pettus would also leave the group and they became a quartet of Bell, Tresvant, Bivins, and Brown.
In , they became a quintet when their manager Brooke Payne insisted on bringing in his nephew Ronnie DeVoe , to complete the group. After performing in several talent shows in the Boston area in , they signed a deal with fellow Bostonian Arthur Baker 's Streetwise Records, who released their debut album Candy Girl. Brown's first full lead vocal performance was on the New Edition ballad "Jealous Girl," which was a minor hit when it also charted in The group became pop sensations with their self-titled second release.
The album included the crossover hits " Cool It Now " and " Mr. Telephone Man ," which Brown also co-led. Brown was featured on two more New Edition albums before leaving the group in early Some say Brown asked to be let out of New Edition, but a VH-1 Behind the Music documentary on the group claimed Brown was voted out by the group via their management team, with the members—most prominently Tresvant—against the decision.
Solo career[ edit ] Following his exit from New Edition, Brown signed a contract with his former group's label, MCA which had earlier promised Brown a solo deal if he had decided to leave New Edition , and also signed with manager Steven Machat, who had also worked with New Edition. The label released his debut album King of Stage in Brown laid low for more than a year while working on his follow-up album.
The producers helped to compose what became Brown's most successful solo album of his career, Don't Be Cruel. Released in , the album launched five top-ten hits on the Billboard Hot , including the number-one single, the self-penned " My Prerogative ", which became, along with " Every Little Step " and the title track, signature hits for the performer.
In , Brown contributed two songs to the soundtrack of Ghostbusters II , and he also had a cameo role in the film. Leading off the soundtrack album, " On Our Own " became another top-ten single for the singer, peaking at number two.
The same year, a remix compilation, Dance! Brown embarked on a day world tour to promote the Don't Be Cruel project in The tour was a success, with Al B.
The tour lasted into the spring of , but not without Brown gaining notoriety for simulating sexual acts onstage, which got him into trouble with local law enforcement.
In , Brown was featured on the number-one hit " She Ain't Worth It " by Glenn Medeiros , making it his second number 1 hit on the pop chart, and also collaborated with Babyface for the remix of the latter's single "Tender Lover" that same year. Brown's next album Bobby wouldn't arrive until Despite its release during the final days of the New Jack Swing era—one that Brown had dominated—the album did become a success, selling more than 3 million copies, and spawning several hit singles including " Humpin' Around ", " Get Away ," and "Good Enough".
However, sales of Bobby did not match its predecessor. Some surmise that this may have been due to Brown's recent marriage to Whitney Houston , and his decision to take a break from the business for reasons involving his marriage and impending new-fatherhood. In any case, he and Houston had recorded a song together, " Something in Common ," which was released as a single from the Bobby album. Four years later he would release his fourth solo album Forever , in Due to lack of promotion and Brown's desire to break from previous success patterns and write and produce most of the tracks, the album tanked, and the album's only single, "Feeling Inside", was not successful.
However, Shakur died before that could take place. Leaving MCA following Forever, Brown laid low for several years, appearing as a featured artist in on two tracks from The Benzino Project , and in he was featured in a duet with rapper Ja Rule on the song " Thug Lovin'. Records , but that label had already begun to dissolve, so Brown's tenure with them was brief. About this project, Gray explained to Essence  , "Actually, he came to the studio, since he doesn't live far, and knocked out his recording in two hours.
We're friends, and his one-year-old son is my godson. I met Bobby a long time ago, but we really got to know each other through her. A full-fledged reunion occurred with the release of the album, Home Again. However, a subsequent tour to support the album led to problems between Brown and the other New Edition members. Brown later admitted that he was struggling with drug addiction and alcoholism during the tour. At the BET Awards, following the death of the group's idol Michael Jackson , five of the New Edition members again reunited to perform a medley of Jackson 5 hits in honor of Jackson.
This sparked rumors of another full-fledged New Edition reunion, which was confirmed the following year. As of , Brown and New Edition continue to perform together. Film and television career[ edit ] Brown made his acting debut with a cameo appearance in the film, Ghostbusters II , playing the Mayor's doorman. In , Brown signed a deal with Bravo to overlook the direction of the reality series, Being Bobby Brown , but it was said[ by whom?
Houston later told Oprah Winfrey that she agreed to do it because she "loved him" and "did whatever he asked because I was his wife. The couple divorced soon after. The show's host, Jamie Campbell , asked Brown questions about his career and private life, and infamously joked about making "sexual moves" towards the singer. Brown was furious and threatened to beat Campbell up live on air. Personal life[ edit ] Family and relationships[ edit ] This section of a biography of a living person needs additional citations for verification.
Please help by adding reliable sources. Contentious material about living persons that is unsourced or poorly sourced must be removed immediately, especially if potentially libelous or harmful. November Learn how and when to remove this template message Brown has fathered seven children. His eldest, Landon, was born circa  to Melika Williams. Brown and Ward's on-and-off year relationship ended in , after two-months-pregnant Ward found out Brown was engaged.
They began a close friendship after Houston invited year-old Brown to her 26th birthday party in August Their friendship developed into a romance in In April , Brown proposed marriage to Houston and the couple married at Houston's estate on July 18, On March 4, their daughter Bobbi Kristina Brown was born.
Throughout their year marriage, Houston and Brown went through periods of infidelity , domestic violence , and drug use. Their personal issues became comedy fodder for talk shows and sketch comedy shows, most notably MadTV , where they were satirized as abusive drug addicts.
Aries Spears portrayed Brown as a jealous, verbally abusive former pop star who openly bristles at his wife's Debra Wilson iconic reputation and popularity. On January 11, , airport security guards discovered marijuana in both Brown's and Houston's luggage at a Hawaii airport, but the two boarded the plane and departed before authorities could arrive.
Charges were later dropped. In September , Houston filed for legal separation ; the divorce was finalized on April 24, , with Houston receiving custody of their thenyear-old daughter. Sealy, the boyfriend of Brown's sister, was killed and Brown was unharmed. Brown was invited to appear at Houston's memorial service in New Jersey but left before the service began.
In an interview given to The Today Show in May , Brown said security was the reason he and his family left Houston's service; Brown stated that he loved Houston's family and told Matt Lauer that he had spent "14 beautiful years" with Houston as his wife.
He also denied rumors that he introduced Houston to narcotics. The year-old was rushed into North Fulton Hospital where she was placed on a ventilator in a medically induced coma to stop the swelling of her brain. It was later reported her brain activity was "low". Brown rushed to his daughter's side and released a statement to the press requesting them to respect the family's privacy. She was later transferred to Emory University Hospital. She died there on July 26, at age Following his marriage to Houston, Brown began using cocaine.
In June , Brown was sentenced to 90 days in prison for missing three months of child-support payments.