Brandy Tells All: The Stories Behind Her Classic Records

Brandy, “I Wanna Be Down” (1994)

Producer: Keith Crouch

Album: Brandy

Label: Atlantic

“‘I Wanna Be Down’ was interesting. I didn’t really get it at first, but I was young and I didn’t really know what worked at radio or what it was. I liked the song, but I just didn’t get it being the first thing that people heard from me. But it worked out well and I did a video for it.

“I was so excited about the video. I got a chance to work with some great people like Frank Gatson. All my friends were in the video. My brother was in the video. It was just a great experience.

“He was there and we had this little dance, and that became really popular. That was a fun time. I was so excited because my dream was coming through right before my eyes... at the age of 15.

“It took a little time because I was a new artist. But I heard it on the radio, I was on the way to Del Taco-it’s a fast food place in L.A-and I heard it on the radio and I was like ‘Oh my God. This is not real.' After I heard it on the radio, it just went.”

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