She was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, but was raised in Wilmington, Delaware. Her grandmother gave her the nickname "Bre-Z" at birth when she would not stop crying until a window was shut, so they called her "breezy". She found out it was not her real name when she began elementary school. As a child, she had short hair and people would often mistake her for a boy. In sixth grade, she decided that she wanted to pursue music. Her mother worked in the entertainment industry, and Bre-z once woke up to Wu-Tang Clan in her living room, so Bre-Z knew that she would become involved in the entertainment industry from a young age. Bre-Z graduated high school in 2005. She attended Full Sail University in Winter Park, Florida. In 2008, she moved to Atlanta when her mom found a job there, and Bre-Z and began cutting hair to make money. Bre-Z began cutting hair at the age of 10, and comes from a family of barbers, with her grandfather, father, and mother all working as barbers. While working as a barber, she cut hair for Akon and Ludacris. In 2014, she moved to Los Angeles to pursue her dream of becoming a musician with only one dollar in her bank account.
Bre-Z began her music career at age 14 with impromptu performances around Philadelphia. Her brother used to rap, and she would perform his songs until she began writing her own. When she was 15, she met Freeway of Roc-A-Fella Records rap group State Property. Freeway put her in a studio and recorded her first song with her.
Bre-Z began writing songs with Dr. Dre, Jennifer Lopez, and The Game. She moved to Los Angeles when she was 24 to pursue her music. In 2015, after landing an audition through a barbershop connection, Bre-Z was cast in the role of Freda Gatz. It was her first audition and first time acting. She appeared on the soundtrack several times throughout her time on the show, sometimes performing her own raps. In November 2018, she was the Grand Marshal of the Xavier University homecoming parade.
|2018||Down for Whatever||Denise||TV Movie|
|2015-2019||Empire||Freda Gatz||Recurring character, 31 episodes|
|2016||The Real||Self||1 Episode|
|2017||Tales||Ty||Episode: "Children's Story"|
|2017||The New Edition Story||Peanut Bell||Episode: "Part 1"|
|2018||Celebrity Page||Self||1 Episode|
|2018-present||All American||Tamia "Coop" Cooper||Series Regular|
- "Coop is literally the Bre-Z I was in high school," emphasizing the similarities between her and her character in a interview after her role has been praised as breaking barriers for the LGBTQ community.