On August 17, 2006, to further promote the album, Brown began his major co-headlining tour, The Up Close and Personal Tour.Due to the tour, production for his next album was pushed back two months. Jude Children's Research Hospital received ,000 in ticket proceeds from Brown's 2006 "Up Close & Personal" tour.
Brown stated, "I picked Jive because they had the best success with younger artists in the pop market, [...] I knew I was going to capture my African American audience, but Jive had a lot of strength in the pop area as well as longevity in careers." After being signed to Jive Records in 2004, Brown began recording his self-titled debut studio album in February 2005.
The tour began in Cincinnati, Ohio, on December 6, 2007, and concluded on February 9, 2008, in Honolulu, Hawaii.
In March 2008, Brown was featured on Jordin Sparks' single "No Air", which peaked at number three on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart.
In November 2007, Brown starred as a video host for St.
Jude Children's Research Hospital's Math-A-Thon program. He showed his support by encouraging students to use their math skills to help children with cancer and other catastrophic diseases.
On November 21, 2007, Brown appeared in This Christmas, a family drama starring Regina King.