Christopher “Chris” Brown is a talented R&B entertainer who gave the music world hits like ‘Run It!’, ‘Kiss Kiss’ and ‘Forever’. The versatile performer is not just a singer cum dancer; he is also an actor who has made appearances in several films. The singer with a silky smooth voice cites Michael Jackson as his biggest inspiration. A music lover from a young age, he is basically a self-taught entertainer who listened to soul music for years before moving on to hip-hop. With the encouragement of his mother he sang in his church choir and participated in several local talent shows. Recognizing his talents, his mother began looking for a record deal ultimately getting the young teenager to sign with Jive Records.
His self-titled debut album ‘Chris Brown’ was released in 2005 which became a huge commercial success and sold three million copies worldwide. He followed up the success of his album with ‘The Up Close and Personal Tour’ giving more than 30 performances all over the country. The popularity of the teen sensation led to offers of television and film roles, and he made his foray into movies with ‘Stomp the Yard’. The musician turned actor has won numerous awards including a Grammy and American Music Awards. However he has also been in the limelight for allegedly assaulting his girlfriend Rihanna.
Chris Brown was born to Clinton Brown, a corrections officer at a prison, and Joyce Hawkins, a day care center director. He has one sister.
He loved music from a young age and taught himself to sing and dance. He was inspired by Michael Jackson and Stevie Wonder.
His mother encouraged him to participate in local talent shows and made him sing in the church choir.
His parents got divorced and his mother became involved with an abusive man. These incidents greatly troubled the teenager.
His mother knew her son had the potential to make it big and was on the lookout for a record deal. He was spotted by Tina Davis, an A&R executive who helped him sign a contract with Jive Records. Chris who till now was studying in Essex High School quit in 2005 and moved to New York to pursue his music career.
He has an on and off relationship with the R&B singer Rihanna.
He was arrested for physically assaulting Rihanna in 2009 after which the couple broke up. They later reconciled and then broke up again.