bvalentineBrooke Valentine (born Kanesha Nichole Brooks on October 5, 1984 in Houston, Texas) is a female R&B singer.

Brooke began her music career as a member of a girl group called Best Kept Secret. After the group disbanded, she moved to Los Angeles, California (along with music producer Deja the Great) hoping to land a solo record deal. She later signed to Virgin Records.

In 2004, she was featured on Guerilla Black’s single “Guerilla Nasty” along with Jazze Pha. The song was moderately successful on Billboard’s Hot R&B\Hip-Hop Songs chart.
girlfightIn January of 2005, Brooke released her debut single “Girlfight” (featuring Lil Jon and Big Boi).

The song peaked at #23 on the Billboard Hot 100, #30 on Billboard’s Top 40 Mainstream chart, #7 on Billboard’s Rhythmic Top 40 chart, #36 on Billboard’s Pop 100, #31 on Billboard’s Pop 100 Airplay chart, #42 on Billboard’s Hot Digital Songs chart and #13 on Billboard’s Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart (staying on the chart for 21 weeks), becoming her biggest hit to date.
chain letterIn March of 2005, Brooke released her debut album “Chain Letter” which peaked at #16 on the Billboard 200 and #3 on Billboard’s R&B Albums chart.

The album sold 290,000 copies in the United States and met with critical acclaim from music critics.
longasyoucomehomeIn July of 2005, her second single “Long As You Come Home” was released. The single didn’t match the success of “Girlfight,” only peaking at #71 on Billboard’s Billboard’s Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, staying on the chart for 5 weeks.
covergirlA promotional single “Cover Girl” was released, but didn’t make the charts in the United States at all, but managed to chart in the United Kingdom and New Zealand.

Brooke appeared on the movie soundtrack to the 2005 film “Roll Bounce” with a cover version of A Taste of Honey’s hit song “Boogie Oogie Oogie.”
dgirlIn 2006, Brooke released the single “D-Girl” (or “Dope Girl” featuring rapper Pimp C) as the lead single for her sophomore album “Physical Education.”

The song peaked at #92 on Billboard’s Hot R&B\Hip-Hop Songs chart, staying on the chart for only 4 weeks.
pimpedoutAnother single “Pimped Out” (featuring Dem Franchize Boys) was released, but it peaked at #87 on Billboard’s Hot R&B\Hip-Hop Songs chart, staying on the chart for 5 weeks.
peducationmixtapeDue to Virgin Records’ merger with Capitol Records in 2008, Brooke’s sophomore album was put on hold, but Deja the Great was able to acquire the masters & contract rights from Virgin Records and in 2009, Brooke’s mixtape “Physical Education Mixtape” was released.

After that, Brooke chose to take a break. During that time, she wrote songs for other artists and gave birth to a son named London, who has cerebral palsy.

These days, Brooke has changed her stage name to B. Valentine. In January of 2011, she released a snippet of a new song & stated on her official Twitter that she was back in the studio.
foreverIn 2012, she released the single “Forever.” It’s unknown how if the song made the charts.
dontwannabeinloveDuring that same year, Brooke released her second official single “Don’t Wanna Be in Love” which peaked at #29 on Billboard’s Adult R&B chart.

Brooke is currently working on her sophomore album which has yet to be released.

To see the music video for “Girlfight,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “Long As You Come Home,” go to:

To see the music video for “D-Girl,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “Pimped Out,” go to:

To see the music video for “Forever,” go to:

To see the music video for “Don’t Wanna Be in Love,” go to:

To see the music video for “Boogie Oogie Oogie,” go to:

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