By the time the near two-hour combo of conversation and performances was over, it had all obviously become too much for Brandy.
After all, she and Monica were just on The Ryan Cameron Show when the official word from the L.A. coroner broke that “her greatest influence of all time” – Whitney Houston – had died of an accidental drowning; complicated by heart disease and cocaine use.
And she couldn’t take her welling eyes off the in-studio television screen, then.
Now at the start of the private “Conversation/Soul Session” at the W Hotel Midtown Thursday she was all 18-year-pro, encouraging everyone to come to the front of the stage as she charged through “Full Moon,” “Almost Doesn’t Count,” and even during her talk with new midday personality Egypt, a few bars of the Houston signature, “I Will Always Love You.”
But then after Monica had her individual performance and Q&A – and the two sang their two hits together (current single “It All Belongs To Me” and for the second time EVER, live, “The Boy Is Mine”) – Monica began an a capella encore of Houston’s “You Give Good Love.” And while a star-studded audience (T.I., Tiny, Kandi Burruss, Toya Wright, Polow Da Don, Jacob Latimore, Demetria McKinney, Jazze Pha) stood on chairs and sang along, Brandy stood steps back, silent. Tears welling in her eyes, again.
See the Brandy performance
Brandy w/ Egypt
Monica & Brandy w/ Egypt
Monica’s tribute to Whitney Houston