Actor, songwriter, and singer Chris Brown was born on May 5, 1989 in Tappahannock, Virginia. Although he is still in his teens, Chris Brown is already on his way to music superstardom with his fabulous voice, amazing dance moves, and boy-next-door charm. Growing up in a small town of almost only 2,000 people, he was a born entertainer. He enjoyed singing at his church choir and was inspired by such musical artists as Stevie Wonder, Sam Cooke, and Michael Jackson. He also showed off his dance skills by imitating the dance moves of Usher, another one of his idols.
Tina Davis was the first to discover Chris; she was working for Def Jam Recordings at the time. “The first thing that hit me was his unique voice,” Davis told Billboard magazine. “I thought ‘This kid is a star.’” Davis ended up becoming his manager and helped him make a deal with Jive Records, which had developed other young acts like; Britney Spears and ‘N Sync and is home to other hip-hop and R&B stars like R. Kelly, Usher, and Kanye West. At the time of the deal, Brown was only 15 years old. Chris’s album was released in November 2005 and quickly found its way to the charts. Working with well known producers and songwriters, he had a number one hit with “Run It!” The track featured another artist, rapper Juelz Santana. More hits became successful, like “Yo (Excuse Me Miss)” and “Gimme That,” many of his songs have a hip-hop influence, Brown’s voice has a classic R&B sound. Dating and girls are mainly what his songs are about. He has sometimes been compared to Michael Jackson because of his many talents as a singer and dancer. Since his childhood began Chris Brown has not let go his love for music and dancing. He’s a talented young kid with a lot of style, who inspires many others in different ways. Let’s hope he stays as a wonderful role model for people looking to follow there dreams.