Robert Barisford “Bobby” Brown was born on February 5, 1969 in Roxbury, Massachusetts, U.S., is an American R&B singer-songwriter, occasional rapper, and dancer. After success in pop group New Edition, Brown began his solo career in 1987 and had a string of Top 10 Billboard hits, culminating in a Grammy Award.
He was a pioneer of New Jack Swing music, a fusion of hip hop and R&B. His second album, Don’t Be Cruel, included popular songs such as “My Prerogative”. Brown is the ex-husband of R&B singer Whitney Houston and starred in the reality show Being Bobby Brown.
Bobby Brown began his music career as a member of the R&B boy band New Edition which he founded along with childhood friend Michael Bivins. He is the youngest member of the group since the inception. The group’s hits with Brown included “Candy Girl”, “Cool It Now”, and “Mr. Telephone Man”.
Brown was voted out of New Edition in 1986 when the other four members felt that their careers would be jeopardized by Bobby’s lewd, line-crossing on-stage antics. Throughout the All for Love tour, he feuded with Ralph Tresvant and cut in on Tresvant’s lead vocals. In 1996, Brown rejoined the group for New Edition’s comeback album, Home Again. In the middle of the tour, he engaged in further racy on-stage antics. He extended his solo set and cut into Bell Biv Devoe’s time. Once again, he left New Edition.
In the fall of 2005, New Edition performed at BET’s 25th Anniversary Special. The group performed a medley of its greatest hits, and even brought Bobby Brown on stage for a rendition of “Mr. Telephone Man”. It was later announced on BET and Inside Hollywood that Bobby had rejoined the group and would be on the next group album. In January 2006, New Edition announced that the group would launch a new album and tour in 2008. Bobby also appeared at a concert in Columbia, South Carolina that New Edition had filmed for a future dvd release.
As of September 27, 2008, Brown began touring with fellow New Edition members Ralph Tresvant and Johnny Gill in a new group named Heads of State. The group continues to tour worldwide. They are currently recording an album.
While always maintaining his focus on music, Brown has also been venturing into the movie side of showbiz. In 1996, Brown co-starred in the hit movie, “A Thin Line Between Love and Hate”, along with Martin Lawrence and Lynn Whitfield. and in more recent years he has appeared in the films Two Can Play That Game, along with Vivica A. Fox and Morris Chestnut; “Go for Broke”; and Gang of Roses starring Lil’ Kim, Lisa Raye, Stacy Dash, and Marie Matiko. After those he was in Nora’s Hair Salon. Also conquering the small screen with the hit television show “Being Bobby Brown.”
Bobby Brown had cameo guest appearances in many movies. Panther (1995) starring Courtney B. Vance and Chris Rock. Earlier, he played all three characters of Three Blind Mice in Mother Goose Rock ‘n’ Rhyme (1990). In 1989 was Brown’s first solo guest cameo appearance in Ghostbusters II playing the Mayor’s Doorman.