William Ray Norwood, Jr., known by his stage name Ray J, is an American singer, songwriter, record producer and actor.
Ray J was born to Willie Norwood and Sonja Bates-Norwood. His older sister Brandy is an award-winning, multi-platinum recording artist and he is the first cousin of rapper Snoop Dogg. In 1989, at the age of eight, he started appearing in television commercials for different companies; he played the foster son in The Sinbad Show, from 1993 to 1994. This period in Norwood's life would shape his acting career.
He is currently single but has been in romantic relationships with numerous celebrities, most controversial is Kim Kardashian West (2003-2006).