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Chris Brown recently revealed that his road to stardom began with a childhood singing in church and outlined some defining moments in his career on "This is How I Made It."
Brown, 23-year-old singer, recently appeared on MTV's "This is How I Made It" program where he opened up about his humble beginnings in a church where he grew up in Tappahannock, Va.
"It was difficult growing up. We didn't have everything we wanted," Brown revealed on the episode that aired Saturday. "We were used to two pairs of shoes for a school year. We used to go to church every day. I was one of those kids that had more church clothes than school clothes."
The Grammy Award-winning R&B star said church taught him a lot about music and he spoke about the place of worship becoming a form of discipline for him as a child.
"Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday we had choir rehearsal and the band, the whole nine. So being able to get that music lesson was also a blessing in itself," Brown said. "It was also a discipline. I think my mom knew what she was doing like, 'OK I'm going to keep you out the streets and put you in the church first.'"
The singer-songwriter and dancer recalled one incident where he experienced the holy ghost while performing "His Eye Is On The Sparrow" in church.
"The first time I performed, wow I was in church. I was about nine or 10...I finally got a chance to perform it and it was emotional," Brown recalled. "I started crying for no reason and my mother was like 'that's the holy ghost baby.'"
According to Brown, seeing his mother's happiness while she watched her son perform made him realize that he wanted to pursue a singing career.
"Seeing my mom happy is an overwhelming feeling and I was like wow I really want to do this," he said.
Although Brown has received many accolades in his career, he spoke briefly about an incident that changed his life and the outlook that many fans had on him -- the night where he engaged in a physical altercation with singer Rihanna. However, the singer said the incident was one of his most humbling experiences that just may cement his legacy.
"Having to get personal opinion back and having to gain personal success back, you know, it's not all the way back you know. But it's one of my most humbling experiences," he said on the MTV show. "My story or my life or my legacy can hopefully show them that once you're down, that don't just mean you're down forever. You never let up."