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Singer Brandy Discovers She’s Related to a Famous TV Star!

Christmas came early this year for Brandy Norwood, who just discovered she has a long lost relative — but not just any long lost relative. Turns out, the Grammy-winning singer is the cousin of primetime actress Tamala Jones, who plays medical examiner Lanie Parish on ABC's hit crime procedural Castle. Talk about some good genes!

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"Just found out that @tamalajones is my cousin," Brandy tweeted on Christmas Eve, along with a picture of the girls and another cousin in the middle, who seems to have made the connection.

Tamala tweeted her excitement as well with a series of hashtags: "#me&mycousins #justfoundoutbrandyismycousin #cousins #bloodline #wow #thankyouBrandon @bcstarr you connected us , family !!! #loveislove #2014 #changeisbeautiful #butterflies #cousinBrandy!!! #lifeistrulypoetic."

Talent and beauty clearly run in this family. Not only is Tamala an accomplished actress, but she's also quite the singer herself. The 39-year-old TV star showed off her vocal prowess back in Season 4 ofCastle, portraying a Billie Holiday-esque lounge singer from the 1940s. Surprisingly, Tamala had no idea she could even carry a tune until the show's executive producer proposed the idea.

Hmm, are you thinking what we're thinking? Time to record a duet, ladies!

Are you surprised to learn that Brandy Norwood and Tamala Jones are cousins? Tell us your thoughts below.

12.24.2013 / 12:00 AM EDT by Lindsay Dreyer
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