‘King of Stage’ Bobby Brown Relishes Recent Emergence as he and Wife Alicia Strive Toward Entrepreneurial Success
He was anointed the “King of Stage” after leaving the popular group New Edition to embark on his solo career in 1986. We all know the story of Boston’s own Bobby Brown as he released his first solo album that immediately scored a number one R&B hit in Girlfriend. Although that first single went to the top of the R&B chart, his next two singles did not do as well and the album wasn’t the commercial success anticipated.
Now Brown faced the prospect of getting dropped and seeing his childhood friends continue to be a successful group without him. Going into the studio with hitmaker Teddy Riley and the production duo of L.A. Reid and Babyface, he came out with an explosive project, Don’t Be Cruel. Brown came back with arguably the best album recorded that year as it hit number one on the Billboard charts while being the highest-selling album of 1989.
His roller-coaster career included drugs, stints in prison, and a reputation that personified his “Bad Boy” lifestyle all while losing the spark of the successful career he built over the years.
Through the trials and tribulations of becoming a superstar, the “Brown Bomber” married and divorced Whitney Houston (Who died in 2012) and had a total of seven children, two of who passed away (Bobbi Christina, 21, died in 2015 and Bobby Jr., 29, died in 2020). Brown remarried Alicia Etheredge and the couple has three children.
In 2018, BET released The Bobby Brown Story which told the story of the former New Edition member but, with the opportunity to tell his own story, he and his wife, Alicia elected to go with A & E to produce and release Biography: Bobby Brown earlier this year. After the release of the biography, the network also gave the duo a reality TV series that shows the Brown family in the present time, Bobby Brown: Every Little Step.
Alicia explained why they went with the network as they allowed them the creative control needed to rightfully tell their story.
“A&E came to us and was very open and allowed us to have creative control which was very important to us, obviously. Doing a show and series like we have and letting them into our homes, we wanted to do and show particular things, obviously, we wanted it to be authentic.”
When the cameras aren’t rolling, the Browns are running their businesses which range from a food line called Bobby Brown Foods, which is sold in some stores and online. They just started a wellness line that features CBD and mushroom coffee, alkaline salt, and fiber regeneration all the products that dwell on self-care. During the summer, their seasoning line typically sells out as it is popular around the states where they are sold.
Bobby also explains that this biography being told by him was “therapeutic.”
“It’s definitely a relief” for him to get his side of the story out. “It was therapeutic, for me to be able to be to release things that bothered me in my past.”
Brown definitely appreciates the accolades he’s been given over the years and he feels these latest releases are similar to how he felt when Don’t Be Cruel was initially released. He and Alicia are happy and excited about future projects which include other television work, another Bobby Brown album and the continuing of their product lines selling out.
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