In October 2009, a young new singer--with killer dance moves--stepped on to our TVs in a fun, high energy music video for a single called "Run It." He called himself Chris Brown, and the public has been hooked on him ever since. Seven years later, Breezy is one of the most successful entertainers in the world. Let's take a look back at his earlier days, and his evolution into the man we know him as today.
Born in Tappahannock, Virginia on May 5, 1989, he taught himself to sing and dance from young, taking inspiration from Michael Jackson. He signed his first record deal at 15 years old, after his mom recognized his talents and became his manager.
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