Brooke Valentine

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Brooke Valentine
Valentine performing in March 2005.
Background information
Born (1984-10-05) October 5, 1984 (age 32)
Houston, Texas, United States
Origin Los Angeles, California, United States
Genres R&B, pop, hip hop, crunk
Occupation(s) Singer, songwriter, model, actress
Years active 2004–present
Labels Subliminal Entertainment, WWE Music Group, Virgin Records, Capitol Music Group, Columbia Records
Associated acts Lil Jon, Big Boi, Beenie Man, Teairra Marí, Pimp C, Beyoncé, Ciara

Kanesha Nichole Brookes[1][2] (born October 5, 1984),[3] better known by her stage name Brooke Valentine, is an American singer, actress, and model. Her single "Girlfight" peaked on U.S. music charts in 2005, paving the way for her debut album Chain Letter released via Subliminal Entertainment imprint on Virgin Records and went on to sell more than 290,000 units worldwide. After a first attempt at a comeback, Brooke officially returned to the spotlight in 2012 with two singles "Forever" and the Adult R&B Top 40 hit "Don't Wanna Be In Love".


1984-2004: Early life and career beginnings[edit]

Valentine was born in Houston, Texas [4] She started her musical career as a member of the female group Best Kept Secret.[5] To pursue a solo career, she moved to Los Angeles, California with producer and Subliminal Entertainment CEO Deja the Great and signed to Virgin Records.[3]

2004-06: Chain Letter[edit]

Brooke Valentine made her debut with the album Chain Letter in 2005.[4] The album was led by the hit single, "Girlfight", which features Lil Jon and Big Boi.[6] It succeeded internationally, peaking in the top fifty in Australia and Ireland, and Top 40 in New Zealand and the United Kingdom. Chain Letter debuted at #16 on the US Billboard 200 and as high as No. 3 on the U.S. Billboard Top R&B/Hip Hop Albums singles charts .[7] The album's second single, "Long as You Come Home", peaked at #71 on the US R&B/Hip-Hop chart. Valentine recorded a song, "Boogie Oogie Oogie", for the soundtrack to the film Roll Bounce.[8] The album peaked at #16 in the Billboard 200 on April 2, 2005 and #3 in the Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums Chart. The album totaled nearly 290,000 units sold since release.

2006–09: Physical Education[edit]

In 2006, Valentine planned a second album, Physical Education.[9] Its first single was "D-Girl", which featured rapper Pimp C.[10] The song peaked at #92 on the R&B chart.[11] She then released the second single "Pimped Out", which featured Dem Franchize Boyz. [12]Her second album Physical Education was put on hold due to Virgin Records’ merger with Capitol Records in 2006. The album was later leaked in January 2007.[13] Subliminal Entertainment CEO Deja the Great then acquired the masters and the contract rights from Virgin Records. Some of the material from the Physical Education recording sessions was released in April 2009 as Physical Education Mixtape.

2010–2014: Change to B. Valentine and Love Letters[edit]

In a 2010 interview Valentine said that she took a break and has been writing music for other artists, but now she is ready for a return. On December 21, 2010, Valentine released her first Christmas song titled, "Wish Everyday Was Christmas".[14] January 2011, she previewed a snippet of a new song.[15] She later changed her stage name to B. Valentine for three years. A video for her song "Insanity" was released on January 25, 2012, shot entirely on an Apple iPad and directed by Subliminal CEO Deja the Great. The first single, "Forever," was released on February 14, 2012, via Subliminal Entertainment.[16] The music video premiere was announed and the music video then premiered on BET's 106 and Park at 6:00pm on February 17, 2012.[17] The second single, "Rub It In" leaked on April 2012 and was later released to iTunes on August 2012.[18] The third single, "Don't Wanna Be In Love", was released on July 2012.[19] The music video premiered on MTV on December 2012.[20]

On February 14, 2013 (Valentine's Day), Valentine released her third studio album Love Letters. It was her first album to be released in six years.[21]

2015–present: YonniAndFriends era and upcoming projects[edit]

In 2015, Valentine departured from both labels Subliminal Entertainment and WWE Music Group.

In early 2016, She announced that she has signed with YonniAndFriends and that she is currently working with American record producer Yonni. On April 2016, she then released the single "Grow Up".[22] She later released another single "Craig" on July,[23] "Games" on October,[24] and "Waze" on December.[25] She then announced that her upcoming album will be released on 2017. She later announced her upcoming projects and that she is also working on a television series and focusing on her acting career.[26]

Personal life[edit]

On 2010, Valentine gave birth to her first child, London. She also kept the baby father"s name silent as she said that she doesn't want him to become public.[27]



  1. ^ Penn, Charli (May 13, 2012). "Singer Brooke Valentine Opens Up About Parenting A Special Needs Child". Essence. Retrieved December 11, 2014. 
  2. ^ Gilkes, Kimberly (January 14, 2014). "Brooke Valentine Rumored to Join "Love and Hip Hop: L.A." Cast". Hip Hop Enquirer. Retrieved December 11, 2014. 
  3. ^ a b Rashbaum, Alyssa. "Brooke Valentine". You Hear It First. MTV News. Archived from the original on 2012-11-04. 
  4. ^ a b Kellman, Andy. "Brooke Valentine > Biography". allmusic. Retrieved May 16, 2010. 
  5. ^ "Brooke Valentine opens up about fighting, friendhip, and her flawed past «  Rochelle Oliver". Retrieved 2017-01-10. 
  6. ^ "Girlfight (Radio Edit) - Single by Brooke Valentine on Apple Music". iTunes. Retrieved 2017-01-10. 
  7. ^ "Brooke Valentine > Charts & Awards > Billboard Albums". allmusic. Retrieved May 16, 2010. 
  8. ^ "For The Record: Quick News On Fiona Apple And Jon Brion, Sean Paul, Brooke Valentine, ncubus, Tommy Lee & More". MTV News. August 22, 2005. Retrieved May 16, 2010. 
  9. ^ Crowder, Ashley (July 27, 2006). "Brooke Valentine Gets Physical With Tyrese, Others On 'Sultry' New LP". MTV News. Retrieved May 16, 2010. 
  10. ^ "D-Girl (feat. Pimp C) - EP by Brooke Valentine & Pimp C on Apple Music". iTunes. Retrieved 2017-01-10. 
  11. ^ "R&B/Hip-Hop Songs: Biggest Jump". Billboard. June 17, 2006. Retrieved May 16, 2010. 
  12. ^ "Pimped Out - Single (feat. Dem Franchize Boyz) - Single by Brooke Valentine featuring Dem Franchize Boyz on Apple Music". iTunes. Retrieved 2017-01-10. 
  13. ^ Physical Education by Brooke Valentine, retrieved 2017-01-10 
  14. ^ "Wish Everyday Was Christmas - Single by Brooke Valentine". iTunes. Retrieved 12 December 2012. 
  15. ^ "Brooke Valentine talks coming back in 2011 love for New York with Welcome2nyctv's Ap 1nabillion". YouTube. 2010-12-07. Retrieved 2012-04-28. 
  16. ^ "Forever - Single by Brooke Valentine". iTunes. Retrieved 14 February 2012. 
  17. ^ "Brooke Valentine". BET. Retrieved 16 February 2016. 
  18. ^ "Rub It In - Single by Brooke Valentine". iTunes. Retrieved 12 August 2012. 
  19. ^ "Don't Wanna Be In Love - Single by Brooke Valentine". iTunes. Retrieved 17 July 2012. 
  20. ^ "Brooke Valentine - Don't Wanna Be In Love at MTV". MTV. Retrieved 30 June 2016. 
  21. ^ "New Music: Brooke Valentine – "Love Letters"". ThisIsRnb. Retrieved 14 February 2013. 
  22. ^ "Grow Up - Single by Brooke Valentine on Apple Music". iTunes. Retrieved 2017-01-10. 
  23. ^ "#Craig - Single by Brooke Valentine on Apple Music". iTunes. Retrieved 2017-01-10. 
  24. ^ "Games - Single by Brooke Valentine on Apple Music". iTunes. Retrieved 2017-01-10. 
  25. ^ "Waze ft Brooke Valentine (Prod. By Yonni)". SoundCloud. Retrieved 2017-01-10. 
  26. ^ Black Hollywood Live (2016-12-14), Jonn Hart, Brooke Valentine & Malcolm Kelly - Black Billionaires Concert | Black Hollywood Live, retrieved 2017-01-10 
  27. ^ Penn, Charli (2012-05-13). "Singer Brooke Valentine Opens Up About Parenting A Special Needs Child". Retrieved 2017-01-10. 
  28. ^ "Chain Letter by Brooke Valentine on Apple Music". iTunes. Retrieved 2017-01-10. 
  29. ^ "Brooke Valentine - Physical Education". Discogs. Retrieved 2017-01-10. 
  30. ^ "Brooke Valentine - Love Letters". Discogs. Retrieved 2017-01-10. 

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