The negotiations with Def Jam continued for two months, and Davis then lost her job due to a corporate merger. Brown asked her to be his manager, and once Davis accepted, she promoted the singer to labels such as Jive Records, J-Records and Warner Bros. Records. According to Mark Pitts in an interview with HitQuarters, Davis presented Brown with a video recording, and Pitts' reaction was: "I saw the potential . . . I didn't love all the records, but I loved his voice. It wasn't a problem because I knew that he could sing, and I knew how to make records. " Brown ultimately chose Jive due to its successful work with then-young acts such as Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake. 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. " Brown attended Essex High School in Virginia until early 2005, when he moved to New York to pursue his music career.