The music world was definitely turned upside down yesterday with the introduction of ‘It All Belongs To Me’ – the R&B reunion of belters Brandy and Monica. Already hitting a homerun with fans and critics alike, the ‘Boy Is Mine’ successor’s success is already being ensured by promotional appearances being confirmed almost daily.
Following last week’s announcement that the two will hit the ‘Leno’ stage in support of the single, news has now surfaced the diva duo will perform together at the Clive Davis-hosted Pre-Grammy Gala in Beverly Hills this weekend!
While fans get familiar with the new tune, That Grape Juice would like to take a trip down memory lane to present to some (and introduce to others) some of the singers’ individual, yet oft-overlooked offerings. In this special edition of The Best You Never Heard’, get into some of our favorite missed moments from Monica and Brandy below:
‘Fall’ – Brandy
Though giving the songstress her worst sales to date, the criminally overlooked ‘Human’ arguably boasted some of Brandy’s best vocal performances. From vocal arrangements and lyrics alike, the collection (and assortment) of tunes that comprised the set showcase some of the R&B veteran’s best body of work to date. If sought, ‘Fall’ would certainly substantiate such claim. Included in the 2008 set, ‘Fall’ was one of two song’s gifted by famed songwriter/producer Brian Kennedy that was feature production from the album’s lead craftsman Rodney Jerkins.
Fall in love with ‘Fall’ below:
‘A Capella’ (Something’s Missing) – Brandy
Despite her claims to the contrary, Brandy’s ‘Human’ did include some of her best work. This is exemplified by the spine-tingling vocal performance of ‘A Capella (Something’s Missing)’. Produced by Soundz, the track features the full extent of Brandy’s astounding contralto range as she descends to unbelievable lows, even outperforming the capabilities of the added bass guitar. There is no question that Brandy can execute some of the most fluid and well-timed vocal runs in the game but it is with this song that her abilities can be classed in a league all their own.
‘Down For Whatever’ – Monica
If ever the element was personified, the fluidity of Monica’s voice flowed like water (and the water-inspired instrumentation) on the diva’s ‘Down For Whatever’. The cut, featured as a bonus track for her 3rd US (4th worldwide) ‘After the Storm’, was just one of many well-received offerings from the vocalist during the era. While renowned for fiery vocal stylings, Monica’s demure delivery escorted the song’s soft stringed accompaniment to perfection.
‘One In A Lifetime’ – Monica
The followup to 2006’s ill-made ‘Makings Of Me’, 2010’s ‘Still Standing’, was Monica’s triumphant return to chart prominence. Filled with a number of soaring slow jams and mid tempos (that could’ve easily been granted single status), the ‘Everything To Me’-led ensemble of songs showcased Mo’s undeniably honed talent and saw the songstress lend some of her best performances to date. Driven by the production of an all star team (B. Cox, Jermaine Dupri, Missy Elliott, etc), one song that truly shows off the most of Mo is ‘One In a Lifetime’. This Los Da Mystro-crafted, piano laced tune was one of many leaks that landed on the net before the album’s official release. Even in such, the track quickly became a fan favorite for its outstanding vocal delivery, touching lyrics, and radio friendly accompaniment. Get into it below:
Monica ft. 112 – ‘Right Here Waiting’
Always a challenge when one chooses to tackle one of the greatest love songs of all time. Unless, of course, you’re Monica. Joined by R&B foursome 112, this Richard Marx remake was included on Mo’s hotly selling, 1998 mix ‘The Boy is Mine’. Needless to say, Mo not only met but also exceeded the challenge and truly made the song her own. Get into it below:
‘Love Wouldn’t Count Me Out’ – Brandy
If ever you thought to discount the vocal ability of oft-praised performer Brandy Norwood, ‘Love Wouldn’t Count Me Out‘ would be your confirmation (and invitation) to have a stadium of seats. With a haunting backing reminiscent of a full orchestra, this ‘Full Moon’ masterpiece quickly became a fan favorite upon its 2002 introduction. Unquestionably one of Bran’s most dramatic deliveries, get into this gem below:
Sound off below! Tell us some of your favorite unreleased Brandy and Monica tracks we missed!