Brandy Tells All: The Stories Behind Her Classic Records

Brandy, “Have You Ever?” (1998)

Producer: David Foster

Album: Never Say Never

Label: Atlantic

“I’ve experienced what the song is about. I was in love with someone and it didn’t work out, and I cried and everything that the song said, so it was appropriate to do that song. I was 18, so it was time to get into my womanhood. It was a great experience working with them.

“I was challenged because David Foster taught me about Money Notes. He was like you gotta go on up there. Money Notes, you got to hit them notes because that’s where the money is. That’s where you get the Holy Ghost and stuff like that-hitting the money notes. So I had to deliver that for him, and he really helped me get to that point where I felt confident enough to try. I would always say if I crack, don’t laugh, but I’m gonna try. I cracked a couple of times, but we got the notes on wax.

“It didn’t take a lot of takes, but definitely they have you do a couple of takes a choose from the best. But again, I was so in awe of these people. I think that helped me, because I wanted to do good. I wanted to impress them. So I would just try anything. I wasn’t afraid to embarrass myself, that’s something that I’ve never been afraid to do. I would crack, I would hit a wrong note, but I’m gonna try. That’s something that I’ve always done. But I tried to impress them, and impressing them was what helped me get what they needed. Who doesn’t want to make David Foster proud?"

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