Singer/actress Brandy Norwood just found out that she is indeed a distant relative of R&B legend Luther Vandross.
The 53-year-old singer, who is still recovering from a stroke, received the shocking news that Brandy is his niece. "Wow, there's a missing branch in the family tree," he said jokingly.
When we spoke to his mother, Mary Ida Vandross, she laughed out loud at first, but finally confessed that one of her son's sisters had married a Norwood uncle (the brother of Brandy's father), and that's how the two stars are related.
The 25-year-old Brandy admitted that she had no idea that she'd be related to such a powerful, talented singer. She recalls one story that her mother would play Vandross songs every night to put her to sleep. "I always knew I came from a talented family," said Brandy, "but this talented? I'm totally blown away!" Then she proceeded to sing a medley of her famous uncle's hits, such as Never Too Much, Here and Now and Your Secret Love. She also revealed that she recently purchased the new album Dance with My Father, not once knowing that it would be made by a relative of hers.
Now that she finally knows, Brandy is planning to visit her uncle in New York to spend some time with him.