Bobby Brown was born in a poor home, but the music created a path to fame and an escape from the suffering in which he had grown up. The multi-faceted personality popularly known as Bobby Brown was born on February 5, 1969, in Boston, Massachusetts, as Robert Barisford Brown.
The singer’s parents were Herbert James Brown and Carole Elizabeth Williams, who were both poor parents. His father, Herbert, was a construction worker, while his mother, Carole, was a teacher. Some reports say Bobby Brown has seven siblings, while other reports speak of five siblings. However, only two of his siblings are known – Leolah and Tommy Brown.
Brown’s interest in music was awakened when he was only three years old when he saw the legendary James Brown perform in Boston. As his passion for music burned, he joined the church choir as he grew, and was exceptional in the group because his voice stood out from the others.
Coming from a very poor background, Brown had to do what he could to survive, so he got involved with gangsters and resorted to stealing. An incident in which his friend was stabbed to death when he was eleven years old would divert his steps from the street forever and take him back to school.
Early Career – New Edition
Bobby Brown and his friends Travis Pettus, Michael Bivins, Corey Rackley, and Ricky Bell, with whom he grew up at Roxbury’s Orchard Park Projects, formed a music group and called it “New Edition”. When Pettus and Rackley left the group, they were replaced by Ralph Tresvant and Ronnie DeVoe.
The all-male group gave their best and became popular by always being at the top of every competition they entered. Their discovery by music producer Maurice Starr meant that the New Edition had arrived on the world stage. Maurice offered the boys a record deal with the Streetwise label in 1983, which was managed by Arthur Baker. In the same year, 1983, New Edition released their first album Candy Girl under the label, which was a musical and commercial success.
Her second album – New Edition – was released on MCA Records in 1984, and its success eclipsed that of her first album. However, after some internal misunderstandings and disputes within the group, Brown left them that year and signed a solo contract with the same record company, hiring Steven Machat as their manager.
Bobby Brown’s first solo album fell in December 1986 and was entitled King of Stage. The album went well, but not as Bobby had hoped, so he decided that he had to learn a thing or two about music, and so he worked with the well-known songwriter’s Babyface, Teddy Riley and Antonio L.A. Reid, and they worked on his second album, which went very well in 1988. The album “Don’t Be Cruel” had the highest album sales in 1988 – 7 million copies in about six months – and was expected to attract another 5 million sales the following year. This album is still Bobby Brown’s best-selling album of all time. Building on this success, he released his third and fourth solo albums in 1990 and 1992, entitled On Our Own and Bobby.
When his career as a solo artist ignited, his sex appeal was also ignited, as he was often compared to pop idol Michael Jackson. Although he was the most popular singer in the 1980s and 90s, he was too often caught on the wrong side of the law because of drug offenses, alcoholism, drunk driving (DUI), and many other vices that took the shine off his music.
Family – Parents
As mentioned earlier, there is controversy over the actual number of siblings Bobby Brown has. There are only two known siblings – Leolah Brown and Tommy Brown – but some government websites have reported more. While some claim Bobby’s parents gave birth to eight children, others say there are six, but no other names are mentioned. His parents, who are both deceased, are Herbert James Brown, a construction worker, and Carole Elizabeth Williams, a substitute school teacher.
While his mother died in 2011, his father was there for another year before he went to his wife in January 2012. He had struggled with cancer and lost his life in the process.
Wife, Daughter, Kids, Son
As his career blossomed, Bobby Brown grabbed the most popular female musical talent at the time and abducted her to the altar on July 18, 1992, at her estate in New Jersey. The music star’s name was Whitney Houston, and her wedding was a wedding with high-profile celebrities.
They met at the 1989 Soul Train Music Awards, and she invited him to her party for her 26th birthday, and that’s how they got along. But although the wedding was a first-class affair, the marriage was far from first-class – there was trouble from the beginning. There were stories of domestic violence, infidelity, drug and substance abuse, including cocaine. Houston later claimed that Bobby Brown had introduced her to cocaine, a statement that was not hard to believe, even though Bobby denied it himself.
It is needless to say that the turmoil in his marriage affect his career and he was only able to release just one album in the 15 years he was married to Whitney Houston. -The album titled Forever (1997) was deemed a commercial shipwreck. The marriage, however, produced an offspring in the form of a daughter – Bobbi Kristina Brown – before the union grided to a halt in 2006. Kristina was born on March 4, 1993.
Moving past his marriage to Houston, he started dating Alicia Etheredge who he married in June 2012 and has remained with her to date. They have three children together and they are Cassius Brown (a son, born May 31, 2009, three years before their marriage), Bodhi Jameson Rein Brown (a daughter, born July 9, 2015), and Hendrix Estelle Sheba Brown (another daughter, born July 21, 2016).
However Bobby Brown has sired seven (not four) children from his loins. He had his first son, Landon Brown, as a 17-year-old teenager in 1986 from his relationship with Melika Williams. When he ended his affair with Williams, he dated Kim Ward and she bore him two kids – a daughter, La’Princia Brown in 1989, and a son, Robert Barisford Brown, Jr., in 1992. He was already breaking up with Ward in 1991 when she was found to be with his child.
Bobbi Kristina Brown, his only child with Whitney Houston, is the only one not alive today. She was found unresponsive in a bathtub in her home on January 31, 2015. She was placed in an induced coma and after six months, she was reported dead on July 26, 2015, at the age of 22.
Bobby Brown’s Body Facts – Height, Weight
Height: 5 ft 10 in (178 cm)
Weight: 90 kg (198 lbs)
Body Build: Athletic
Hair Color: Black
Eye Color: Dark brown