Toni Braxton, an American R&B singer, songwriter, actor, and television personality, was born on October 7, 1967. She is most recognised for being one of the most successful female singers in history, having sold more than 70 million records worldwide.
|Full name||Toni Baxton|
|Date of birth||October 7, 1967|
|Birth place||Severn, Maryland|
|Profession||Singer, Songwriter , Actor, Tv personality|
|Net worth||$10 million|
Early life and childhood
Michael and Evelyn Braxton welcomed Toni into the world on October 7, 1967 in Severn, Maryland. Since her father was a minister, she was raised in a strictly religious setting. At the church where their father served, Braxton and her four sisters began singing at a young age.
They were only allowed to listen to artists like Stevie Wonder and Chaka Khan since they were not allowed to participate in popular culture. After graduating from high school, she participated in local talent events and made the decision to become a music teacher. She enrolled at Bowie State University but quit halfway through after being persuaded to pursue a career in singing by songwriter Bill Pettaway.
Parents and family
On October 7, 1967, Toni Braxton was born in Severn, Maryland, in the United States. Her mother, Evelyn Jackson, was a minister as well as a former opera singer and cosmetologist. Her father, Michael Conrad Braxton Sr., was a Methodist cleric.
Of six siblings, Toni is the oldest. She has four younger sister and one younger brother, Traci Renee (1971-2022), Towanda Chloe (1973), Trina Evette (1974), and Tamar Estine (1977). She also has a younger brother, Michael Jr., who was born in 1968.
The Braxtons were brought up in a strict religious environment, and Toni’s first exposure to music was through the choir at her church.
Braxton obtained a deal with Arista Records, and in 1990, “The Braxtons” put out their debut single, “The Good Life.” Although it wasn’t a big hit, it helped her land a deal with LaFace Records.
Braxton’s illustrious career began in 1992 when she was requested to sing in place of Anita Baker for Eddie Murphy’s film “Boomerang.” ‘Love Shoulda Brought You Home’ became her debut hit track. This resulted in the 1993 publication of her self-titled debut album.
The album went on to sell more because of successes like “Breathe Again,” “You Mean the World to Me, and Another Love Song were among its top singles; the album eventually sold more than 8 million copies.
In 1996, she published “Secrets,” which featured the singles “Un-Break My Heart” and “You Make Me High.” Both the best female R&B vocal performance and the best female R&B pop vocal performance Grammys went to her for the album.
A third album from Braxton was anticipated after such a tremendous success, but she got into a legal dispute with Arista Records because she did not receive a sufficient share from her record sales. In 1998, she announced her bankruptcy.
In that year, Braxton began performing, making history as the first black actress to portray “Belle” in a Broadway production of “Beauty and the Beast.” It contained a song that was created specifically for her and ended up being a great hit. In 2000, Braxton released her third album, “The Heat,” following a three-year court struggle. Instead of showing her as a broken-hearted person, this album emphasised her boldness.
It featured popular tunes like Just Be a Man About It and other songs. After releasing her fourth studio album, “More Than a Woman,” in 2002, she signed with Blackground Records and released her fifth album, “Libra,” with them in 2005. Her sixth album, “Pulse,” was released in 2010. Following this, she made the decision to cease releasing albums and focus on other entertainment endeavours, such as her own show in Vegas, “Toni Braxton: Revealed,” and a brief stint on “Dancing with the Stars.”
Braxton appeared in the WE tv reality series “Braxton Family Values” in 2011, which examined the personal connections of each member of the Braxton family. It tracked Braxton and her sisters as they pursued their individual showbiz careers. Together with her longtime partner Babyface, she published her most recent album, “Love, Marriage & Divorce,” in 2014.
2014 saw the publication of her memoir, Unbreak My Heart: A Memoir, by Harper Collins.
Lewis and Braxton split up in 2009 after dating for more than 8 years. Rapper Birdman and her started dating in 2016, and they announced their engagement in 2018. They later revealed that they were still together after divorcing in 2019.
When Braxton got married to musician Keri Lewis, they had two sons:jean Cole Diezel and Braxton-Lewis
Height and weight
She weighs 55 kilogrammes and has a height of 5 feet 2 inches.
Braxton has accumulated an estimated net worth of $10 million via her successful career as a singer, songwriter, pianist, record producer, actress, television personality, and philanthropist.