Ray J Biography
|Popular Name:||Ray J|
|Birth Name:||William Raymond Norwood, Jr.|
|Birth Date:||17 January 1981|
|Birth Place:||McComb, Mississippi, United States|
Princess Love (m. 2016)
|Profession:||Actor, Rapper, Television Personality, Singer, Entrepreneur|
|Years active:||1995 till date|
|Net Worth:||$8 Million|
|Last Updated:||April 2020|
William Ray Norwood Jr. is a popular singer, actor, songwriter and television personality from America. You may probably know him by his popular name Ray J, as well as for his acquaintance with reality show star Kim Kardashian. Being born into a family that has a rich legacy in music, Ray J was influenced by the Los Angeles hip hop scene and also the gospel music at the church where his dad was the choir director. When he was just 8 years old, he got his first calls for a child actor’s role in various ad campaigns. He played the role of L.J. Beckley on the 1993 ‘The Sinbad Show’. Although the series lasted just one season, it made various opportunities available for Norwood, and soon he got his role in the movie “The Enemy Within” opposite Forest Whitaker. His big screen debut came with Tim Reid’s famous drama “Once Upon a Time… When We Were Colored”. As a singer, Ray established himself in the music industry, releasing several albums and dishing out outstanding performances to the entertainment of his fans across the world. The rest of this article discloses full details about Ray J net worth 2020 and biography, as well as his private life and journey to fame.
Ray J’s Early Life
Ray J was born as William Ray Norwood Jr. to Sonja Bates-Norwood and William Ray Norwood Sr. in McComb, Mississippi State, on January 17, 1981. Ray’s sister Brandy is a very successful actress, songwriter, and singer. He is a first cousin of famous American rapper Snoop Dogg.
At a very young age, Ray and his siblings took vocal lessons from their father. Being the youngest child in the family, Ray always looked up to his siblings and parents singing talent, and joined in singing in his church.
Ray J’s Career
Ray J’s career began with an acting debut in “The Sinbad Show” in 1993. He appeared in his next film “Mars Attack” in 1996, and followed it up with an appearance in his sister’s show “Moesha”, where he later starred regularly in the series in 1999.
In 1995, 16-year-old Ray Norwood signed a deal with ‘Elektra Records’ and soon began to work on an album as a musician. After the debut of his album ‘Everything You Want’ in 1997, he released a second album ‘This Ain’t a Game’ with Atlantic Records in 2001. His album performed well as it reached top 10 “US R&B/Hip-Hop Albums” chart. He was cast in the 2004 TV-movie ‘Christmas at Water’s Edge’. He released a third album titled ‘Raydiation’ with his own record label ‘Knockout Entertainment.’
In 2008 Ray J came up with what is his most successful album so far, ‘All I Feel’; which was his first multimillion-dollar deal with KockRecords as well as with Shaquille O’Neal’s company, Deja 34, further skyrocketing Ray J net worth 2020. In 2010 his show which starred him and his family, “Brandy and Ray J: A Family Busines”, aired. He appeared on the “Rickey Smiley Show” and also hosted ‘‘Bad Girls All-Star Battle’’.
He has gone ahead to star in a list of films and television series, and has released several studio albums, most of which we have highlighted below.
Ray J’s Albums
As a musician, Ray J is credited with the following albums:
- Everything You Want (1997)
- This Ain’t a Game (2001)
- Raydiation (2005)
- All I Feel (2008)
Ray J’s Films
- The Enemy Within (1994)
- Once Upon a Time…When We Were
- Colored (1995)
- Mars Attacks! (1996)
- Steel (1997)
- Aftershock: Earthquake in New York (1999)
- Christmas at Water’s Edge (2004)
- Envy (2005)
- Kim Kardashian, Superstar (2007)
- A Day in the Life (2009)
- Switchin’ the Script (2012)
- Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No! (2015)
- Raydemption: The Visual Album (2018)
- The Sinbad Show (1993–1994)
- The Enemy Within (1994 TV movie)
- Moesha (Guest in 1996, seasons 4–6 main cast (1999–2001))
- One on One (2005–2006)
- For the Love of Ray J (2009–2010)
Ray J’s Major Works
In a career spanning more than twenty years, Ray J has released several singles, five studio albums, and two soundtrack albums. He appeared as a guest on tracks by fellow artists such as Fabolous, Gucci Mane, Styles P, Brandy, Willie Norwood, and others. His 4th album, ‘All I feel’, topped both ‘US R&B/Hip-Hop albums’ as well as the ‘US Independent Albums’ charts.
Awards & Achievements
Throughout his career, his most recognized accolade is the Platinum certification of his single “Sexy Can I” from his fourth album “All I Feel’’, by the RIAA.
Ray J’s Personal Life
Ray J met Kim Kardashian while she worked as a stylist for his sister. They started an on and off relationship that lasted till 2007.
In February 2007, an adult home video which had been made by Ray J and Kim Kardashian in 2003 began to circulate. At first, Kim denied the existence of the tape, but later sued ‘Vivid Entertainment’, the company which had acquired the tape’s right, for its ownership. The suit was dropped in April the same year in favor of a settlement which fetched Kim Kardashian $5 million.
In 2016, Ray J married his “Love & Hip-Hop: Hollywood” co-star Princess Love, and they have been blessed with two lovely kids.
Being 38 years old at the moment, Ray J currently weighs 74kg. He is 170cm tall, and has black hair and eyes.
Ray J Net Worth
Despite his salary and annual earnings still undisclosed, Ray J net worth has been revealed. The singer and actor made his wealth from his career as an entertainer, and he has been in the business for over twenty years, as he has gone ahead to star in a list of films and television series, and has released several studio albums.
Ray J net worth is approximately $8 million.