Brandy Sued For Festival No-Show, Charity Not Happy After Being “Stiffed”

An Austin, TX nonprofit company is suing R&B singer Brandy for backing out of a show last minute.

Soul Tree Collective, host of the annual Austin Urban Music Festival, filed a suit in Travis County Court, citing they hired Brandy Norwood for $30,000 to headline the 2013 festival, and also paid for her hotel and travel, and leased equipment as required by contract.

Apparently, the agreed upon rider wasn’t enough for the “Wildest Dreams” singer. Soul Tree claims 24 hours before her scheduled appearance, her management said she wouldn’t arrive as scheduled and they also asked for an even more "exclusive and expensive suite."

Another communication later the same day claims Brandy's rescheduled flight had mechanical problems and would not arrive until 25 minutes before show time.

“Defendant's management then requested that plaintiff provide a police escort to travel with defendant from the airport in Austin and also push her start time back even further to allow time to get to the venue," the complaint states. "Due to the untimely nature of those requests and City of Austin regulations regarding performance times at the venue, plaintiff could not make or agree to those accommodations."

With those things in play, Brandy ended up canceling the appearance.

Soul Tree also claims: “Neither defendant nor defendant's management provided any alternatives to limit plaintiff's damages, including rescheduling performance dates by the artist. As a result of defendant's failure to travel to Austin and perform at the festival pursuant to her contractual obligations and her management's lack of solutions or remedies, plaintiff's representatives were forced to walk out on stage in front of the Friday night audience and explain that defendant would not be performing as promised to the ticket holders."

Ouch! No word from Brandy’s camp as yet!

Soul Tree supports young Texans music students from Travis and Williamson Counties dedicated to keeping the R&B music genre alive in Texas.

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