Toni Braxton (Toni Michele Braxton) is a six times Grammy-winning American R&B vocalist, lyricist, pianist, musician, actress, TV superstar, record maker, and humanitarian. She has released a total of six studio albums as of not long ago and has sold more than 66 million records around the world, which has made her an R&B icon.
She is now and then called with the name of ‘Queen of R&B’ as she is a standout amongst other selling female artists of the 1990s.
She released her self-named album in 1993 and topped the musical charts and kept on gaining tremendous success with her second album ‘Insider facts’ as well. In any case, her musical career has faced many high points and low points as after her subsequent album, Braxton got into a legal battle with her chronicle company.
Toni Braxton returned in the early ‘2000s with her new album, a reality TV program, and a show in Las Vegas.
Yet, a couple of years later, she announced her departure from the music business as she said that her heart isn’t in it anymore and she would, in any case, keep on performing however won’t cut albums anymore yet in 2014 she came back to the music scene with long-term collaborator Babyface and released a two-part harmony album entitled Love, Marriage, and Divorce.
Childhood and Early Life
Toni Braxton was born on October 7, 1967, in Severn, Maryland, to Michael and Evelyn Braxton. Her father was a clergyman, which is the reason she was raised in an exacting strict climate.
Toni Braxton and her four sisters started singing early on at their father’s congregation. They were not allowed to engage with the popular culture yet they were allowed to tune in to artists like Stevie Wonder and Chaka Khan.
She took part in local talent shows and after completing her secondary school she chose to turn into a music teacher. She joined the Bowie State University however left it midway as musician Bill Pettaway persuaded her to sing professionally.
Toni Braxton Career
Braxton marked a contract with Arista Records and ‘The Braxtons’ released their first single ‘The Good Life’ in 1990. It was anything but a great hit yet got her a deal with LaFace Records.
The year 1992 marked the start of Braxton’s productive career as she was asked to replace Anita Baker and sing for Eddie Murphy’s film ‘Boomerang’. She gained her initial hit single, ‘Love Shoulda Brought You Home’.
This prompted the release of her introduction, ‘Toni Braxton’ in 1993. It had hits like ‘Breathe Again’, ‘You Mean the World to Me’, and ‘Another Love Song’; the record proceeded to sell more than 8 million duplicates.
Toni Braxton released ‘Privileged insights’ in 1996, which incorporated the single ‘Un-Break My Heart’ and the hit ‘You Make Me High’. She won two Grammys for the album: for best female R&B vocal performance and best female R&B pop vocal performance.
After such a colossal success, a third album was normal from Braxton however she got into a contractual quarrel with Arista Records as she didn’t get enough cut from her record sales. She declared financial insolvency in 1998.
Braxton went to acting in that year and became the principal black actress to play ‘Beauty’ in a Broadway creation of ‘Beauty and the Beast’. It incorporated a tune composed especially for her, which became a tremendous hit.
After three years of legal battle, Braxton released her third album, ‘The Heat’ in 2000. This album didn’t have themes of heartbreak and instead featured her as striking. It included hit singles like, ‘Just Be a Man About it’, and so on
Toni Braxton’s fourth studio album, ‘More than a Woman’ came out in 2002 and immediately after that she marked with Blackground Records and released her fifth album, ‘Libra (2005)’ with them.
‘Heartbeat’, her 6th album, was released in 2010. After this, she chose to stop cutting albums and instead took a shot at other entertainment projects, similar to her own show in Vegas ‘Toni Braxton: Revealed’ and brief appearance on ‘Dancing with the Stars’.
In 2011, Braxton featured on the WE television reality series, ‘Braxton Family Values’, which investigated the interpersonal relationships of each Braxton family part. It followed Braxton and her sisters as they seek after their individual careers in the big time.
She released her latest album ‘Love, Marriage and Divorce’ along with her long-term collaborator Babyface in 2014.
Toni Braxton released a journal named ‘Unbreak My Heart: A Memoir’ through Harper Collins in 2014.
The most unmistakable work of Braxton’s career is without a doubt her single, ‘Un-break My Heart’ from ‘Insider facts (1996)’. The tune reached No.1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and stayed there for 11 weeks; it also won her a Grammy Award.
Awards and Achievements
Braxton has won many awards in her 20 years of musical career: six Grammy Awards, seven American Music Awards, five Billboard Music Awards, four Soul Train Music Awards, NAACP Image Award, BRIT Award, and Echo Award.
Personal Life and Legacy
Braxton got married to musician Keri Lewis in 2001. The couple had two children together: Denim Cole Braxton-Lewis and Diezel Ky Braxton-Lewis. Braxton and Lewis separated in 2009 after staying together for over 8 years.
In 2008, Braxton was diagnosed with microvascular angina and a couple of years later she discovered that she has fundamental lupus erythematosus (SLE), an intense autoimmune disease.
It was supposed in 2007 that Braxton was diagnosed with breast cancer yet the gossip was false.
Her more youthful child, Diezel, has autism, which is the way Braxton became engaged with the organization ‘Autism Speaks’. She is their International Spokesperson.
She is famous for the legendary high parts of her dresses.
Toni Braxton featured in the film ‘The Oogieloves in the Big Balloon Adventure’ in 2012. She played the part of a vocalist, a character that is said to have been enlivened by Mariah Carey.
She is the principal black woman to have ever starred in a Disney musical on Broadway.