About Ray J
Ray J, real name William Ray Norwood, is an America rapper, record producer, songwriter and an occasional actor. Ray came to prominence in 1997, when his debut album Everything You Want was released. Ray J net worth is currently estimated at $6 million.
William was born in Mississippi, in a family of Willie and Sonja-Bates Norwood. Ray is not the only talented kid in this family. His sister Brandy (also known as Bran’Nu) is a successful recording artist too. In fact, she is even more professional successful. Brandy’s second album Never Say Never was certified Platinum by the Recording Industries Association of America. Brandy’s wealth is estimated to be a little over $12 million. This is twice as much as Ray J net worth. Another extremely famous relative of Ray is Calvin Cordozar Broadus, better known by his stage name Snoop Dog.
William knew he wants to be a professional singer since he was still a child. In 1995, when he was 24 year old, Ray signed a contract with Electra Records. His first album was finished in two years and released under the title Everything You Want. A single “Let It Go” recorded for the movie Set it Off was granted a special attention and peaked at No. 25 in the United States. Despite the relative success of his first album in 1997 Electra records terminated the contract with William. What helped Ray to recover after this setback in his career and returned his name to the charts was a song “Another Day in Paradise”, recorded in cooperation with his sister Brandy. It was ranked among ten most popular songs in many countries, including Germany, Belgium, Austria, Sweden, United Kingdom, and Norway. In 2001 a single was released with the tribute album to Phil Collins, entitled Urban Renewal. With “Another Day in Paradise” as a lead single the album was a real financial success and made a noteworthy contribution to Ray J net worth.
Ray’s third album Radiation was finished in 2005, after William made a two-year break from producing records. Quite a few world famous producers cooperated on developing this CD, their names include Timberland, Rodney Jerkins, Rob Egerton and Kelly. The album sold nearly 20 million copies during the weeks after its release, climbed to 48th position on Billboard 200 and eventually sold 400 thousand copies in the United States alone. Since then Ray has released two more albums, All I Feel and A family business. However album sales are not the only source of Ray J net worth. The talented siblings also regularly appear on TV screens with their reality show Brandy and Ray J: A family business.