By Dave Harrison
In the chaotic world of the music business, taking a four-year leave of absence is right up there at the top of the list of things you shouldn't do. But after our visit to the set of the video for "Right Here (Departed)," Brandy's first single from her upcoming album Human, it's clear that the R&B songstress is determined to make her comeback in the biggest way possible.
She has enlisted some hip-hop heavyweights, including director Little X (Usher's "Yeah"), for the video and is reuniting with producer Rodney Jerkins for the first time in six years. Brandy insists she and Rodney have moved far beyond any past conflicts, saying, "The chemistry brought Rodney and I back together. It's undeniable, it's magical. ... We are back, and I'm never leaving Rodney again."
And if that weren't enough, Human's official launch will take place on "The Oprah Winfrey Show" on November 10, the day before it drops. For Brandy, that day can't come soon enough.
"It feels so great to be back on the scene," she said. " ... I went through a struggle, and I really needed to get myself together and connect with my purpose, which is music. Music is all I know how to do, so to be on this set today, I feel really blessed for the second chance and for the opportunity ... and for everybody here just showing me so much love and support. ... It just feels good to be back, and I never want to leave again for that long!"
On the set, Ms. Norwood's genuine excitement to be back must have been contagious, as both Jerkins and her brother Ray J showed up to make cameos in the video. "I canceled all my plans to be here in this video, because I know how important it is to her," Ray J said.
Brandy said that her dedicated fans are the main priority: "I just really hope the world embraces me back, because I'm embracing them with my music. I made it for them."
Well, between an epic video, an Oprah-fueled launch and whatever it was that Ray J was doing, Brandy is making sure that nobody will miss her return to the music scene.
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