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Writer Patricia Sheridan of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette interviewed Brandy and during their discussion the singer-actress expressed her passion about about her forthcoming album. Brandy also reflected on what may or may not have saved the life of Whitney Houston.

Excerpts:

You have an album coming out.

I do. “Two Eleven” is coming out in August. I’m really excited about that. It’s just great to be back in music and do what I love to do consistently and full time. This project means so much to me. I’ve worked very hard on it. I feel like I have found that right place and the right people are in my life to help me fulfill this dream that I’ve had for a while.

Why are you so driven?

It’s the passion for the music. It’s the passion for just inspiring people and waking that greatness up within other people. You hear people say all the time, “You are one of the reasons I want to be an artist.” I want to continue to do that. I want to continue to be an example of fulfilling a dream, you know? Also, my daughter loves music. She loves what she sees and these stars she looks up to. I want to make her proud.

Speaking of balance, you have said that Whitney Houston was who inspired you. Do you think it was a lack of balance in her life that led to such a tragic end?

Um, I think it was a number of things. I can just say that her life will never be forgotten and her life has inspired so many people, so many artists, and it’s awakened so many things inside of so many people.

You know, it’s unfortunate some of the things she had to experience, but at the end of the day she blessed so many people. She completely blessed me and changed my life from the moment I saw her open her mouth to sing. I was like “Oh my God! If I can just do a third of that, I would be doing something special.”

You know, my whole life is dedicated to her. It really is — everything she has ever taught me and to live in that purpose. Yeah, I get shaken up every time I talk about it.

She was amazing.

She was and I wish people would focus on that instead of anything else. No one knows what she went through. No one really knows. So I just wish people would focus on what she meant and what her gift meant and that’s it.

Read the interview in full at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. You can also listen to audio below:

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