Ray J has a $14 million net worth as an actor, music producer, and rapper. He is arguably most known for his role in the “home video” that catapulted Kim Kardashian to celebrity status. He also performed as a singer and hosted television shows.
Career as an actor
He began his acting career in 1989, when he appeared in several television commercials. From 1993 to 1994, he played the foster son in The Sinbad Show. Ray J also appeared on two seasons of Brandy’s show Moesha and one season of One on One. He also had cameo cameos in films such as Mars Attacks!, Steel, and Envy. Norwood made an appearance on UPN’s One-On-One in 2005.
Ray returned to television in 2009 with For the Love of Ray J, a VH1 reality dating show that ran for two seasons and generated a spin-off series, Brandy and Ray J: A Family Business, which premiered in April 2010. Ray J joined the cast of the UK Celebrity Big Brother on January 27, but he left after only one week on set.
A Career in Music
Ray J joined with Elektra Records in 1995 and started working on his debut album, Everything You Want. The lead single from that album, Let It Go (no, not the one that immediately came to mind! ), was released in March 1997. The song was also included on the soundtrack for the film Set It Off, and it reached number 25 on the R&B chart in the United States.
The second single reached No. 54 on the charts. In 1997, Ray J was dropped from the label. With his original single That’s Why I Lie, he made an appearance on the Dr. Doolittle soundtrack the following year.
He also composed music for the Mattel toy corporation and composed music for various advertisements.
Willie Norwood and Sonja Bates-Norwood raised William Ray Norwood Jr. in McComb, Mississippi. Brandy, Brandy’s older sister, is a multi-platinum music artist. He relocated with his family from McComb, Mississippi to Los Angeles, California, when he was young, and began starring in television advertisements for various brands in 1989.
Norwood began auditioning for and starring in television advertisements at the age of eight in 1989; from 1993 to 1994, he played the foster son in The Sinbad Show. Norwood’s acting career would be shaped by this moment in his life.
“His easygoing persona and youthful appearance attracted to the producers of Brandy’s television program, Moesha,” according to Bradley Torreano of AllMusic, “offering him a position on the UPN series as Dorian “D-Money,” a character he played from 1999 until the show concluded in 2001.”
Ray J married Princess Love in August 2016 at the Cathedral of Saint Vibiana in Los Angeles. On VH1’s Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood, the two stars. Melody Love, their daughter, was born on May 22, 2018. Epik Ray, the couple’s son, was born on January 7, 2020. Love filed for divorce in May 2020.
Raytroniks, a brand of consumer goods that includes e-bikes, smart phone-controlled fans, and smart watches, was founded by Ray J. Ray used a comprehensive viral marketing approach for the Scoot E-Bike.
This included securing product placements with celebrities such as cousin Snoop Dogg, Chris Brown, Sean Puffy Combs, Justin Bieber, and others, as well as support from sports teams such as the Los Angeles Clippers and Los Angeles Rams.
Ray J and Cowboy Wholesale signed a multi-million dollar contract in November 2017 to expand the Scoot E-Bike with products that correspond with an electric-based lifestyle, including Bluetooth audio and drones. Ray is a key member of the team, serving as Chief Strategy Officer and overseeing marketing and worldwide branding.