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|Braxton at The Heart Truth Red Dress Collection Fashion Show in 2013|
|Birthday/Birthplace||Toni Michelle Braxton
(1967-10-07) October 7, 1967
Severn, Maryland, U.S.
|Wife/Husband||Keri Lewis (m. 2001; div. 2013)|
|Family||See Braxton family|
Toni Michelle Braxton (Severn, Maryland, October 7, 1967) is an American singer and actress. Known for her grave contralto voice, Braxton has won seven Grammy awards throughout her career.
Braxton began his solo career in 1993, publishing his self-titled debut album that reached number one on the Billboard 200 list of the best-selling albums in the United States. The success continued with his second album Secrets which contains the song Un-Break My Heart, a ballad that became a worldwide success and managed to position Toni Braxton as an international star. In total it is estimated that the album Secrets reaches the twenty million copies sold worldwide.
After facing a bankruptcy and legal problems with his record label, Braxton publishes a new album The Heat, released in 2000 which manages to repeat the success of his predecessors. Years later he published two new studio albums More Than a Woman, published under the label of Arista Records and Libra, under the labels of Blackground Records, but both have had minimal impact on the music scene.
Toni Braxton’s Biography
Tony Braxton was born in Severn, Maryland, United States, on October 7, 1967. He is the daughter of a cult minister, therefore he grew up in an environment of the strictest Protestant faith, where he was forbidden any contact with the popular culture. Encouraged by her mother, she and her sisters became part of the church choir. At home, gospel was the only musical genre allowed, but they were fond of seeing Soul Train when their parents left. Years later, his parents converted to another doctrine, so his vision of secular music began to open, allowing his vocal style to begin to develop. Because of the power and low tone of her voice, Toni used to use as models male singers such as Luther Vandross, Stevie Wonder or Michael McDonalds, as well as Chaka Khan. He began to have some success thanks to the music he spontaneously made with his sisters. When she finished her studies she prepared to be a music teacher, but in a short time she would leave the university after being discovered by the producer and composer Bill Pettaway when she was singing at a gas station. With the help of Pettaway, Toni and her sisters signed with Arista in 1990, forming the group The Braxtons.
Stage in The Braxtons
The Braxtons released in 1990 the single The Good Life, which was not a success but it served to notice them the most hot songwriters group at that time, L.A. Reid and Babyface, who had just formed a label associated with Arista: LaFace Records. Toni Braxton became the first female artist to sign for the new label in 1991 and the following year she was released to the public on the soundtrack of the movie Boomerang. Not only her debut Love Shoulda Brought You Home was a hit on the Pop and R & B charts, but also the theme Give U My Heart, along with Babyface. The two singles gained such fame that when their first album came in 1993, people were waiting for it.
Toni Braxton debuted alone with the self-titled album in 1993. The album features songs within the Top 10 as Another Sad Love Song, Breathe Again, You Mean the World to Me or the double success of I Belong to You /How Many Ways. With nearly eight million copies sold, his self-titled debut album enjoyed glory even until 1995. In 1994 he won the Grammy for the revelation artist and the best vocal performance of R & B for Another Sad Love Song; a year later he would win this same award for the song Breathe Again.
When his fans were already waiting for his second album, he contributed to the soundtrack of the Whitney Houston film Waiting to Exhale with the theme Let It Flow. He went back to work with L.A. Reid and Babyface. In the summer of 1996 he released his second album, Secrets, and as expected was a great success. The first single, You’re Makin ‘Me High, made Toni unleash her full sexual potential, making it her biggest hit so far, but it would quickly be overshadowed by Diane Warren’s ballad Un-break My Heart. It was such a success that it was at the top of the charts for eleven consecutive weeks. The following singles were good (I Do not Want To and How Could an Angel Break My Heart) but they did not reach the levels of the previous one. Secrets became the second album with which Braxton sold more than eight million copies worldwide. In 1997, she won the Grammy for best female vocal pop performance for Un-break My Heart and for the best female performance of R & B thanks to You’re Makin ‘Me High.
At the end of 1996, Toni Braxton entered into legal proceedings with his record company, something quite surprising if we take into account the sales of his album and the good treatment he was given; so he spent the whole year 1998 in a judicial limbo. But he took this year to play a leading role in a Broadway musical, the great production of Disney Beauty and the Beast, in the role previously played by Deborah Gibson. Finally Toni Braxton and LaFace managed to fix their legal problems in early 1999, and very soon the work for a third album began. The Heat went on sale in the spring of 2000, directly reaching number two on the sales charts. The second single of the album He Was not Man Enough stayed during enough weeks in the top ten, like Spanish Guitar and the duet with Dr Dre Just Be to Man About It. This album was only in the two million copies sold, something far worse than the previous ones, but that also earned her a Grammy for the best female performance of R & B by He Was not Man Enough.
In 2001 Toni made her big screen debut with the movie Kingdom Come, and she married Keri Lewis, keyboardist of the new jack swing ensemble Mint Condition, and at the end of the year she was a mother for the first time. At the same time that all this happened, he released his first Christmas album, Snowflakes, with the singles Christmas in Jamaica and Holiday Celebrate. At the beginning of 2002 it reappeared in the movie of VH1 Play’d and it began to work in a new disc. By the end of the year the album, entitled More than a Woman, was ready. It obtained stable sales but that did not peek out anywhere near those of its glorious time. They highlighted the singles Let Me Show You the Way and Tell Me, but especially Hit the Freeway, which became one of the most talked about songs of the year.
In 2006 Toni Braxton left Arista, who together with his subsidiary LaFace had been his only musical shelters during his career. His last two albums had been directly with Arista, since his relations with LaFace were not very good, but after More than a Woman there was an agreement between both parties to rescind the contract. The new label for which Toni Braxton has signed is Blackground, a label related and distributed by Universal.
In this album Toni has commented that his musical strength and his great love is the R & B, but since hip hop has started to play hard he liked to add things of him in his albums, and to introduce little little to people to different styles. Therefore in this album Toni has wanted to return to his R & B more pure and leave a bit of hip hop aside. The name of the album, Libra, is given by his horoscope (he was born on October 7), as well as because it represents that balance both in music and personal, and that he believes he has achieved with the album. It is a kind of return to the past to make an album with basic characteristics similar to its debut in 1993, but with an aspect of 2005. One of the most notable differences is that the album can be very similar, but Toni Braxton no longer is that debutante who felt nervous when going on stage. Now she is a consecrated artist with more than ten years of career behind her back. In this record we can again feel its clearest influences, such as Stevie Wonder, Chaka Khan, Anita Baker, or its almost contemporary Whitney Houston. For this record Toni has surrounded himself with some of the best R & B producers of the moment: Scott Storch (producer of Beyonce and Lil Kim among others), Antonio Dixon (component of The Underdogs) or Rich Harrison (producer of the recent success of Amerie 1 Thing). In the European version the album contains three extra songs: Suddenly, I Hate You and Long Way Home.
In 2006 he performs with the vocal quartet Il Divo the official song of the World Cup in Germany, The Time Of Our Lives; was included in a European reissue of his album Libra.
Toni Braxton Net Worth – $10 Million
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