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The Soundtrack to My Life

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Music has always played a huge role in my life -- it's been both a source of entertainment and an escape for me. Music has always been something I relate to. There isn't a specific type of music I prefer because no two artists are the same. Every artist brings something new to the table.

Some of my favorites on my playlist are David Bowie, Led Zeppelin, Donna Summer, Blondie, Al Green, Otis Redding, Marvin Gaye, Tony Bennett, the great Frank Sinatra, Garth Brooks, 50 Cent, Chaka Khan, Jay Z, Beyonce, Brownstone, Jade, Lil' Wayne, Rick Ross, the Weeknd, Drake, French Montana, AC/DC, Van Halen, Justin Timberlake, T.I., the Scorpions, R. Kelly, Michael Jackson, disco music from Odyssey, the Saturday Night Fever album, the Bee Gees' greatest hits, Janet Jackson, Mary J. Blige, Amy Winehouse, Etta James and Whitney Houston.

Looks as if my playlist is real random, huh? That's because it is, I love the diversity of my playlist because there's a wide range and awesome selection. Music is an escape for me because lyrics are relatable and good beats give you this whole "feel-good" vibe. There's no silencing me once that radio gets cranked up. Blurting out lyrics, belting out songs, I get so lost in myself that I believe I become Brandy. That girl can sing! No stopping me once her music gets turned up, my alter-ego really comes alive.

Bottom line is that at the end of the day, you should always do things that build you up. Listen to music that makes you feel alive! Music has gotten me through hardships in my life. I'd often blast Toni Braxton's "He Wasn't Man Enough for Me" while separating from my ex. As crazy as it sounds, it really helped me cope with this hardship; it empowered me as I belted out the song that was constantly on repeat. Being that the radio doesn't always play what you want to hear, I recommend you make your very own playlist. Put any songs you want on it! For goodness sake, I have songs ranging from Wu-Tang to gospel, solely because my mood differentiates on a daily basis. Some days I want to dance, some days I want to cry and other days I just want to relax, which is why my playlist is so drastic. Music has became a healthy addiction for me, a passion and a soundtrack for my life.

And I'm so passionate about music that I've put together my own compilation CDs for every occasion -- Mob Candy Music! You can check out all my favorite music and get the soundtracks to my life here.