Brandy Norwood is an American recording artist and actress. She and Aaliyah were compared due to their closeness in age (Brandy being only a month younger than her) and the short amount of time between the releases of their debut album. Brandy has said Aaliyah was influential to her. She starred as the titler character in Moesha from 1996 to 2001. She released her third album Full Moon in 2002.