Tuesday, November 8, 2011

A Day in Her Life: Platinum Selling Singer Brandi D. Williams

Brandi D. Williams
What she does: Platinum-selling singer, songwriter, and actress.  Don’t let what you see on TV and the movies fool you: Life in the limelight is not easy, nor is it for the weak. As one-third of the platinum-selling ‘90s girl group Blaque, the beautiful Brandi D. Williams knows firsthand what it takes to become a star and the responsibility that comes with finding fame. Get a glimpse into her life as she navigates her way through the thrilling yet demanding entertainment industry.

Her day begins…  “I get up, (and) get on the phone first thing in the morning and run down my schedule.”  If she’s at home in Atlanta, she says her day starts with a grueling workout with her trainer, which helps her stay in shape and maintain stamina during performances.

Soon she is whisked away for a long day filled with a series of interviews and events promoting her new single “Love It” off her upcoming solo album set for release early next year.
“The sound of the album, what we are trying to go for is a more international feel because my group Blaque was really pop and we were pretty much accepted all over. So I wanted to keep the fan base we already had and just expand from there.”

In between a long day filled with radio interviews, performances, appearances and networking, the strict vegetarian squeezes in a quick meal and a trip to the studio, where she is putting the finishing touches on her debut album- all of which fans can see on her self-titled, forthcoming reality TV show.
In the midst of re-establishing her music and film career, the multifaceted chanteuse takes time from the whirlwind and works on her foundation, Robin’s Baby, an organization geared toward empowering young girls.

“I have a bunch of sisters and I’m the oldest and it’s something I would love me and my sisters to do to give back to young girls.  It’s really about self-esteem and building up young women.”

Her journey:
Growing up in Detroit, Michigan around musical family members Smokey Robinson, Claudette Robinson, Pebbles, and Bobby Rogers of the legendary R&B group The Miracles, Williams was undeniably destined for a career in music.  By age 16, she was already touring with mega groups like Destiny’s Child, TLC, and N’Sync as a lead vocalist of Blaque, discovered by the late Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes. Williams soon brought her talent to the big screen with a lead role in the cheerleading cult favorite "Bring It On" in 2000.  Since then she has written and worked with artists on numerous tracks. With a decade of experience behind her, she is now poised and ready for the next chapter in her career. 

Her advice to you:
“I always tell people, please don’t do it if you don’t do love it because you have to have the love for it because it’s hard. It can be really glamorous at times but it’s a lot of hard work to get to that spotlight that you want…it can be grueling. And just stay grounded because this industry can suck you up and spit you out and you won’t even know what happened to you.”

Best part of my job: “You walk up to a person and all they want is your autograph, it’s just so special to be able to do that. It’s a blessing to get up every day and do what you love to do.” 

To find out more about Brandi D. Williams, please visit her website: BrandiDMusic.com. Find her on Twitter: @TheBrandiD.

Featured Writer: Lenora Houseworth is a published writer, editor, and social media strategist. She can be reached at lenora.houseworth@gmail.com. Find her on Twitter: @LHouseTweets. 

A “Day in Her Life” blog series gives an insider view into the professional lives of successful women from various fields with the intended purpose of educating and inspiring the next generation of BOSS women. 

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