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OTRC: Brandy talks 'Majors & Minors,' opens up about the start of her music career

Brandy talks about being a mentor on the Hub reality show 'Majors & Minors' on Sept. 27, 2011. (OTRC)

Brandy Norwood recently opened up to OnTheRedCarpet.com on her new show 'Majors & Minors' and about the beginning of her own music career, including the fact that she "wanted to be exactly like Whitney Houston."

Norwood, 32, said she hoped to give back to children in the reality television singing competition called "Majors & Minors," which premiered on September 23 on The Hub channel. The show features children and young adults between the ages of 8 to 16. Other celebrity artists, such as Adam Lambert, Sean Kingston, Jennifer Hudson and Will.i.am, will also appear on the series and will act as mentors for the children. The winner of the competition receives a partnership with Sony's RCA Music Group.

Brandy reflected on her own start in the music business and said that being a part of the show "Majors & Minors" allows her to give back in her own way.

"I wanted to be exactly like Whitney Houston. I started in church with my dad teaching me everything I know about music," Brandy told OnTheRedCarpetcom and other press outlets in a recent satellite interview. "I remember seeing Whitney Houston on a video and saw how her voice affected me and I wanted to do the same thing."

"I started doing talent shows, and singing in bathrooms, and on the spot for anyone that seemed to care and one day it just happened for me. I sang for the right person and I got a record deal at 14," Norwood added. "I came out with my first album at 15, and the rest is history. Now I'm on 'Majors and Minors' giving back."

The R&B singer-songwriter went on to say that the show is a confidence builder for not only contestants, but all children and young adults who watch.

"The fact that these kids aren't intimidated -- they're just comfortable in their skin, and they are taking this advice like 'oh my God, I can do this -- there's Will.i.am, there's Jennifer Hudson, but you know what? I'm great too, and I'm going to do it.' That's the attitude that they have," Norwood said. "So it inspires my 9-year-old, it inspires other children to say, 'I have the confidence no matter what it is I do. I have a confidence that can't be touched.' That's what this generation is going to see by watching these kids."

Brandy announced in the satellite interview that she is working on an album she plans to release in 2012, and that more of her will be seen in the scripted television world.

The actress of long-time running UPN-produced sitcom "Moesha" was recently a contestant on "Dancing With the Stars" with partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy, and the pair was the ninth couple to be voted off the show. Brandy also recently denied rumors earlier this year that she was pregnant on her Twitter account.

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