Brandy was shocked when her subway performance became awkward to those around her, and people were neither oblivious to who she was or maybe they just didn’t care. The Grammy winner was singing in NYC while nobody noticed, according to CNN.
A Subway full of passengers can create an odd crowd, but it appeared as if people just didn’t care who the singer was. Brandy, who’s currently starring in the musical “Chicago,” was virtually ignored when she suddenly busted out in song.
“I took a little subway ride after I’d left the gym,” the singer wrote on her blog. “I decided to hit the subway and sing my little heart out.”
Brandy’s subway singing didn’t impress the NYC audience as she was dressed in her gym clothes and dark shades. One passenger could be seen yawning as the 36-year-old briefly sang a rendition of Whitney Houston’s “Home.”
“What ya’ll thought of that?” the singer asked the crowd. “Ya’ll think that was cool?”
The subway of riders gave her no response as they tried their best to turn the other way. Brandy probably didn’t realize that these NYC passengers are used to being inundated with performers, from a capella groups to pole-climbing acrobatic dancers.
The star of the 1990s sitcom “Moesha” finally resorts to the sympathy card and tells her cameraman she’s “very emotional.” “People in New York are so rude, like, oh my God,” the singer said in a mocking tone.
Brandy did get some constructive criticism from one passenger. “You have a whole city ready to embrace you. But you gotta go out and embrace it,” the subway commuter tells the singer.
“We’ve seen this a million times. You’ve gotta do something different.” Some fans online were outraged that New Yorkers were not aware they were graced by pop royalty.
“What is wrong with these people?? that’s Brandy right there!” one person wrote of the “The Boy Is Mine” singer’s subway foray. Another suggested a more friendly neighborhood, suggesting, “Should’ve rode the A train in Brooklyn.”
The singer, whose Broadway run is set to end in August, said on her blog that she has enjoyed her stay in the Big Apple. “I’ve hung out in Central Park, Times Square, ridden the bus, and I’ve gotten accustomed to taking the subway too,” she wrote.
“I feel like a real New Yorker. I’m learning the streets and everything, y’all!” said the McComb, Miss., native.
Brandy’s subway performance demonstrates just how touch a crowd can be in New York City. Most people don’t have time to stop and be entertained between work and home.