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For the singer's eponymous debut album, see Toni Braxton (album). Toni Braxton_sentence_0

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BornToni Braxton_header_cell_0_1_0 Toni Michele Braxton
(1967-10-07) October 7, 1967 (age 53)

Severn, Maryland, U.S.Toni Braxton_cell_0_1_1

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Years activeToni Braxton_header_cell_0_3_0 1989–presentToni Braxton_cell_0_3_1
Spouse(s)Toni Braxton_header_cell_0_4_0 Keri Lewis

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Toni Michele Braxton (born October 7, 1967) is an American singer, songwriter, pianist, record producer, actress, and television personality. Toni Braxton_sentence_1

Braxton has sold over 70 million records worldwide as of 2020, including 41 million albums. Toni Braxton_sentence_2

She is one of the highest-selling female R&B artists in history. Toni Braxton_sentence_3

Braxton has won seven Grammy Awards, nine Billboard Music Awards, seven American Music Awards, and numerous other accolades. Toni Braxton_sentence_4

In 2011, Braxton was inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame. Toni Braxton_sentence_5

In 2017 she was honored with the Legend Award at the Soul Train Music Awards. Toni Braxton_sentence_6

In the late 1980s, Braxton began performing with her sisters in a music group known as The Braxtons; the group was signed to Arista Records. Toni Braxton_sentence_7

After attracting the attention of producers Antonio "L.A." Reid and Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds and being signed to LaFace Records, Braxton released her self-titled debut studio album in 1993. Toni Braxton_sentence_8

The album reached number one on the Billboard 200 chart and sold 10 million copies worldwide. Toni Braxton_sentence_9

In addition, the singles "Another Sad Love Song" and "Breathe Again" became international successes. Toni Braxton_sentence_10

The album brought Braxton three Grammy Awards, including the Grammy for Best New Artist. Toni Braxton_sentence_11

Braxton experienced continued success with the albums Secrets (1996), which included the U.S. #1 hit singles "You're Makin' Me High/Let It Flow" and "Un-Break My Heart"; and The Heat (2000), which opened at #2 on the Billboard 200 and included the U.S. #2 hit single "He Wasn't Man Enough". Toni Braxton_sentence_12

Braxton's subsequent studio albums, More Than a Woman (2002), Libra (2005) and Pulse (2010), were released amid contractual disputes and health issues. Toni Braxton_sentence_13

In 2014, Braxton and longtime collaborator Babyface released a duet album entitled Love, Marriage & Divorce that earned the duo a Grammy Award for Best R&B Album in 2015. Toni Braxton_sentence_14

Further label changes saw the release of Sex & Cigarettes (2018) under Def Jam/Universal and Spell My Name (2020) under Island. Toni Braxton_sentence_15

Braxton is also a television executive producer and personality. Toni Braxton_sentence_16

She competed in the seventh season of the reality competition series Dancing with the Stars. Toni Braxton_sentence_17

She has executive produced and starred in Braxton Family Values, a reality television series that has aired on We TV since 2011. Toni Braxton_sentence_18

Braxton was also an executive producer of Tamar & Vince, a spinoff reality TV series starring her younger sister, Tamar. Toni Braxton_sentence_19

Early life Toni Braxton_section_0

Toni Michelle Braxton was born in Severn, Maryland on October 7, 1967. Toni Braxton_sentence_20

Her father, Michael Conrad Braxton Sr., was a Methodist clergyman and power company worker, and her mother, Evelyn Jackson, a native of South Carolina, was a former opera singer and cosmetologist, as well as a pastor. Toni Braxton_sentence_21

Braxton's maternal grandfather was also a pastor. Toni Braxton_sentence_22

Braxton is the eldest of six siblings. Toni Braxton_sentence_23

She has a younger brother Michael Jr. (born 1968) and four younger sisters Traci Renee (born 1971), Towanda Chloe (born 1973), Trina Evette (born 1974), and Tamar Estine (born 1977). Toni Braxton_sentence_24

They were raised in a strict religious household, and Braxton's first performing experience was singing in her church choir. Toni Braxton_sentence_25

Braxton attended Bowie State University to obtain a teaching degree, but decided to sing professionally after she was discovered by William E. Pettaway Jr., who reportedly heard her singing to herself while pumping gas. Toni Braxton_sentence_26

On her appearance May 24, 2014 broadcast of NPR's Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me! Toni Braxton_sentence_27 , she stated that she was not singing to herself at the gas station. Toni Braxton_sentence_28

Pettaway, working as an attendant at the Annapolis service station where she was refueling, recognized her from local performances and introduced himself, saying he wanted to produce her. Toni Braxton_sentence_29

Although skeptical, Braxton decided to, in her words, "take a chance" and accepted. Toni Braxton_sentence_30

Career Toni Braxton_section_1

1989–1995: The Braxtons, Toni Braxton and breakthrough Toni Braxton_section_2

Main article: The Braxtons Toni Braxton_sentence_31

Braxton and her four sisters Traci, Towanda, Trina, and Tamar began performing as The Braxtons in the late 1980s and were signed to Arista Records in 1989. Toni Braxton_sentence_32

Their first single, "Good Life", was released in 1990. Toni Braxton_sentence_33

Though the song was not successful, it attracted the attention of record executive Antonio "L.A." Reid and record producer Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds. Toni Braxton_sentence_34

Reid and Babyface recruited her to record a demo of "Love Shoulda Brought You Home", a song that they had written for Anita Baker for the soundtrack of Eddie Murphy's film, Boomerang. Toni Braxton_sentence_35

Baker, who was pregnant at the time, did not record the song but suggested that Braxton record it. Toni Braxton_sentence_36

Her recording was later included on the soundtrack along with "Give U My Heart", a duet by Braxton and Babyface. Toni Braxton_sentence_37

Braxton, meanwhile, was signed to Reid and Edmonds' Arista-distributed imprint, LaFace Records, and immediately began recording her solo debut album. Toni Braxton_sentence_38

In July 1993, LaFace released Braxton's self-titled debut album. Toni Braxton_sentence_39

Primarily produced by Reid, Babyface, and Daryl Simmons, it peaked at number one on the US Billboard 200 and entered the top ten of the albums chart in Australia, Canada, Germany, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom. Toni Braxton_sentence_40

The first single, "Another Sad Love Song", peaked at number seven and number two on the Billboard Hot 100 and R&B Singles charts respectively. Toni Braxton_sentence_41

The album's second single, "Breathe Again", peaked in the top five of both the Hot 100 and R&B singles charts and no 2 in the UK. Toni Braxton_sentence_42

More singles from Toni Braxton were released in 1994, including "You Mean the World to Me", "Seven Whole Days", and "I Belong to You/How Many Ways". Toni Braxton_sentence_43

Braxton's debut album won her several awards, including three Grammy Awards (for Best New Artist and two consecutive awards for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance in 1994 and 1995). Toni Braxton_sentence_44

She won two American Music Awards (for Favorite Soul/R&B New Artist and Favorite New Adult Contemporary Artist) in 1994 and another one in 1995 (for Favorite Soul/R&B Album). Toni Braxton_sentence_45

Toni Braxton was certified 8x platinum in USA and has sales of over 10 million worldwide. Toni Braxton_sentence_46

1996–1999: Secrets and financial issues Toni Braxton_section_3

In June 1996, Braxton released her second album Secrets. Toni Braxton_sentence_47

Motivated "to include a little bit of everything," Braxton reteamed with Babyface, but also worked with R. Toni Braxton_sentence_48 Kelly, Tony Rich, and David Foster on the album, which she co-produced. Toni Braxton_sentence_49

A major success, it peaked at number two on the Billboard 200 and reached the top ten on most international charts. Toni Braxton_sentence_50

After 92 weeks in the charts, Secrets was certified 8x platinum, becoming Braxton's second straight 8 million-seller. Toni Braxton_sentence_51

Internationally, Secrets sold more than 15 million copies, further cementing Braxton's superstar status. Toni Braxton_sentence_52

The album's first single, "You're Makin' Me High", marked Braxton's first number-one hit on the US Billboard Hot 100, while follow-up "Un-Break My Heart", a ballad written and composed by Diane Warren, became the biggest hit of Braxton's career yet. Toni Braxton_sentence_53

It spent eleven consecutive weeks at number one on the Hot 100 and enjoyed worldwide top five success. Toni Braxton_sentence_54

As a result, Braxton topped several of Billboard's year-end charts, and won two Grammy Awards; one for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance for "Un-Break My Heart" and Best Female R&B Vocal Performance for "You're Makin' Me High" as well as two American Music Awards for Favorite Female Soul/R&B Artist and Favorite Soul/R&B Album. Toni Braxton_sentence_55

Still waiting on her financial rewards, Braxton eventually launched an unsuccessful lawsuit against Arista and LaFace Records. Toni Braxton_sentence_56

Soon after, she filed for chapter 7 bankruptcy. Toni Braxton_sentence_57

Public reaction to these events was very harsh, having been expressed most clearly in an interview on The Oprah Winfrey Show. Toni Braxton_sentence_58

Braxton has appeared in two Disney Broadway shows: She made her Broadway debut as Belle in Beauty and the Beast beginning September 9, 1998 when she replaced Kim Huber. Toni Braxton_sentence_59

During her run in the show Alan Menken wrote and composed a new song for the musical, titled "A Change in Me", which he specially wrote and composed for Braxton, and was still being used in the musical as of late July 2014. Toni Braxton_sentence_60

She left the production on February 28, 1999 and was succeeded by Andrea McArdle. Toni Braxton_sentence_61

Her role in Beauty and the Beast marked the first (and only) time a black woman commanded the leading role of Belle on Broadway. Toni Braxton_sentence_62

(In the UK, Michelle Gayle played the role in the West End.) Toni Braxton_sentence_63

It also marked the first time a black woman would star in a Disney musical on Broadway. Toni Braxton_sentence_64

In 1999, the lawsuit against LaFace Records was settled and Braxton was given back all her possessions, giving her time to record The Heat, her first album in four years. Toni Braxton_sentence_65

2000–2002: The Heat, More Than a Woman, and acting debut Toni Braxton_section_4

After her three-year-long dispute with LaFace and Arista had been settled, Braxton signed a new $20 million contract. Toni Braxton_sentence_66

In April 2000, her third studio album, The Heat was released. Toni Braxton_sentence_67

Braxton took a more hands-on approach, co-writing and co-producing a handful of the tracks which saw her adapting a more urban sound. Toni Braxton_sentence_68

It opened at number two on the US Billboard 200 with 199,000 copies sold in its first week, eventually going double platinum in the United States, while selling over 4 million copies worldwide. Toni Braxton_sentence_69

Additionally, the album was nominated for Best R&B Album at the 2001 Grammy Awards, while uptempo lead single "He Wasn't Man Enough," a worldwide top ten hit, won for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance and was nominated for Best R&B Song. Toni Braxton_sentence_70

In 2001, Braxton made her movie acting debut in director Doug McHenry's comedy film Kingdom Come opposite an ensemble also starring LL Cool J, Jada Pinkett Smith, and Whoopi Goldberg A modest box-office success, it grossed $23.4 million worldwide. Toni Braxton_sentence_71

The same year, Braxton recorded and released the Christmas album Snowflakes which consisted R&B–led original songs co-penned with Keri Lewis and Babyface as well as several remixes and cover versions of Christmas standards and carols. Toni Braxton_sentence_72

It received a mixed reception by critics, many of whom compared its nature to Braxton's other work but found the stylized production and original material too contemporary to conjure images of Christmas, and failed to reach the upper half of the Billboard 200, eventually going gold in the United States. Toni Braxton_sentence_73

In 2002, while gearing up for the release of her fourth studio album, Braxton discovered she was pregnant with her second child. Toni Braxton_sentence_74

Knowing that she would be unable to promote the album properly, she unsuccessfully lobbied Arista Records to get the label to postpone its release until after she was to give birth. Toni Braxton_sentence_75

In November 2002, More Than a Woman was released. Toni Braxton_sentence_76

Opening to an instant commercial disappointment, the album peaked at number 13 on the US Billboard 200, but was less successful internationally. Toni Braxton_sentence_77

First single "Hit the Freeway" failed to impact, resulting in lackluster sales in general and the release of no further singles. Toni Braxton_sentence_78

More Than a Woman was eventually certified gold in the United States and sold more than 800,000 copies worldwide. Toni Braxton_sentence_79

2003–2007: Libra and Las Vegas residency Toni Braxton_section_5

In April 2003, Braxton abruptly left Arista Records, having been there for 14 years, and immediately signed with Blackground Records, headed by Barry Hankerson, her manager at the time. Toni Braxton_sentence_80

She then starred in Aida as Aida beginning June 30, 2003 when she replaced actress Simone, until she left the cast on November 16, 2003. Toni Braxton_sentence_81

In April 2005, Braxton's new label, Blackground/Universal, released "Please", the first single from her fifth album, Libra. Toni Braxton_sentence_82

The album was originally planned for a June release, but it was pushed back several times and was finally issued on September 27. Toni Braxton_sentence_83

Libra peaked at number four on the US Billboard 200, selling 114,593 copies in the first week, and peaked at number two on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums. Toni Braxton_sentence_84

The album was certified gold in late 2005 and has since sold 679,000 copies worldwide. Toni Braxton_sentence_85

In May 2005, Braxton made an appearance on the season finale of American Idol 5, where she performed Elvis Presley's "In the Ghetto" with soon-to-be winner Taylor Hicks. Toni Braxton_sentence_86

A month later, "The Time of Our Lives", a duet with classical crossover vocal group Il Divo, was released as a single, serving as the official 2006 FIFA World Cup anthem. Toni Braxton_sentence_87

Braxton performed the song, which entered the top ten in Switzerland, at the opening ceremony in Berlin on June 9, 2005. Toni Braxton_sentence_88

In August 2006, Braxton replaced singer Wayne Newton as the Flamingo Las Vegas's new headlining act. Toni Braxton_sentence_89

The show, entitled Toni Braxton: Revealed, was to be performed six nights a week and was scheduled to run through to March 2007. Toni Braxton_sentence_90

Braxton later confirmed that she was extending her show through to August 2007. Toni Braxton_sentence_91

Due to its success, it was reported that Braxton would extend her show through to August 2008, though the show was later cancelled in order for Braxton to focus on her health after being diagnosed with microvascular angina. Toni Braxton_sentence_92

On January 12, 2007, Braxton filed a $10 million lawsuit against her former manager Barry Hankerson, alleging "fraud, deception and double dealing", in addition to mismanaging her relationship with Arista Records. Toni Braxton_sentence_93

According to Braxton's lawsuit, Hankerson placed his personal financial interests ahead of hers by using 'double-talk' to compromise the relationship between Braxton and her former label, with Hankerson allegedly telling Arista that "Braxton no longer wanted to record for Arista," and telling Braxton that "Arista was not interested in working with her anymore". Toni Braxton_sentence_94

The suit was settled with Braxton being forced to return a $375,000 advance to Hankerson, who would also receive a percentage of the sales of her next album, and Hankerson releasing Braxton from her contract with him. Toni Braxton_sentence_95

The settlement also temporarily limited the companies with which Braxton could sign. Toni Braxton_sentence_96

Hankerson claimed that the problems initially arose due to a number of disputes with Braxton and her wish to include her husband in her music. Toni Braxton_sentence_97

2008–2012: Pulse and television Toni Braxton_section_6

Following the abrupt cancellation of her Toni Braxton: Revealed show, Braxton experienced financial difficulties when insurance agency Lloyd's of London refused to honor her policy that she purchased for upwards of $70,000 that included financial compensations for financial losses. Toni Braxton_sentence_98

Lloyd's responded with a counter-suit seeking damages against her because of an unrelated heart condition that the company was not made aware of at the time the application was filed. Toni Braxton_sentence_99

While Braxton acknowledged that she did disclose her full medical history at the time, she got on the hook for all damages because of the cancelled shows, being sued by multiple companies, and had to once again file for bankruptcy. Toni Braxton_sentence_100

In September 2008, Braxton appeared on the seventh season of American dance competition series Dancing with the Stars; her partner was Alec Mazo. Toni Braxton_sentence_101

They were voted off in the fifth week of the competition. Toni Braxton_sentence_102

In 2009, Braxton signed to Atlantic Records and began work on her next studio album. Toni Braxton_sentence_103

In February 2010, she was part of the supergroup Artists for Haiti who recorded "We Are the World 25 for Haiti," a remake of the 1985 hit "We Are the World," to help benefit the people of Haiti hollowing the magnitude 7.0 Mw earthquake. Toni Braxton_sentence_104

Three months later, Pulse, her seventh studio album, was released. Toni Braxton_sentence_105

A collection of up-tempo songs and R&B ballads with production varying from smooth to dance-based styles, it debuted at number nine on the US Billboard 200, selling 54,000 copies in its first week, and topped the R&B/Hip-Hop Albums, becoming Braxton's fifth US top-ten album. Toni Braxton_sentence_106

A moderate chart success elsewhere, it reached the top ten in Switzerland, and the top 20 in Germany and Greece. Toni Braxton_sentence_107

While critical reception of Pulse was generally positive, its singles "Yesterday", "Hands Tied" and "Make My Heart" achieved moderate chart success. Toni Braxton_sentence_108

In 2011, Braxton signed with WE tv for a reality series, Braxton Family Values. Toni Braxton_sentence_109

Chronicling the lives of Braxton and her sisters Tamar, Traci, Towanda, and Trina, plus their mother Evelyn, the series debuted on April 12, 2011. Toni Braxton_sentence_110

It received favorable reviews from critics who recognized it as a "guilty pleasure" and spawned several seasons and spin-offs. Toni Braxton_sentence_111

In September 2011, Braxton parted ways with her long-time manager Vincent Herbert, husband of sister Tamar, and signed a new management deal with Los Angeles-based entertainment/production company The Collective. Toni Braxton_sentence_112

In March 2012, she released the standalone single "I Heart You," a dance-pop, EDM and house song that peaked at number one on the US Dance Club Songs. Toni Braxton_sentence_113

Also that year, Braxton voiced the character of Rosalie Rosebud, a singer with an over-the-top personality, in the children's musical adventure comedy film The Oogieloves in the Big Balloon Adventure alongside Jaime Pressly and Cloris Leachman, and began filming a lead role in the Lifetime Movie Network film Twist of Faith which premiered the following year. Toni Braxton_sentence_114

2013–2014: Love, Marriage and Divorce, Broadway return, and biographical film Toni Braxton_section_7

In 2013, Braxton and longtime creative music partner Babyface began work on their collaborative studio album Love, Marriage & Divorce which was released in February 2014 under Motown Records. Toni Braxton_sentence_115

It received favorable reviews from music critics, who labeled it as "high-quality R&B," and debuted at number 4 on the Billboard 200 and the top of the R&B/Hip-Hop Albums with first-week sales of 67,000 copies. Toni Braxton_sentence_116

Love, Marriage & Divorce was nominated for World's Best Album at the 2014 World Music Awards and won for Best R&B Album at the 57th Grammy Awards. Toni Braxton_sentence_117

Lead single "Hurt You" reached number one on the US Adult R&B Songs, becoming Braxton's first song to do so since her 2000 release "Just Be a Man About It." Toni Braxton_sentence_118

The song also hit number 16 on Billboard Hot R&B/ Hip Hop Airplay chart. Toni Braxton_sentence_119

In March 2014, Braxton, alongside Babyface, made her return to Broadway in the musical After Midnight. Toni Braxton_sentence_120

The third in rotation in the role of "Special Guest Star" following Fantasia Barrino and KD Lang, they performed from March 18 to March 31, 2014 at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre. Toni Braxton_sentence_121

In May 2014, Braxton published a memoir, Unbreak My Heart: A Memoir, through Harper Collins Publishers. Toni Braxton_sentence_122

In it, Braxton discusses her career success and struggles and the self-healing she took charge of after her own diagnosis with the auto-immune disease lupus and her son's diagnosis with autism. Toni Braxton_sentence_123

In October 2015, Toni along with The Braxtons released the holiday album Braxton Family Christmas on Def Jam Recordings. Toni Braxton_sentence_124

Compromsing cover versions of Christmas standards and carols as well as several original songs, it debuted and peaked at number 27 on the US Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Albums. Toni Braxton_sentence_125

In January 2016, Lifetime premiered the biographical film Toni Braxton: Unbreak My Heart, based on Braxton's memoir. Toni Braxton_sentence_126

Actress Lex Scott Davis was cast to portray Braxton in the film. Toni Braxton_sentence_127

The biopic's premiere generated 3.6 million viewers. Toni Braxton_sentence_128

In July 2016, Braxton announced that she would embark on a concert tour, titled The Hits Tour, in late 2016. Toni Braxton_sentence_129

On October 3, five days before the first date of the tour, Braxton was hospitalized due to complications with lupus resulting in canceling the first two dates of the tour. Toni Braxton_sentence_130

On October 15, 2016, Braxton was admitted once again to hospital with complications with lupus, leading to another tour date cancellation, which was later rescheduled. Toni Braxton_sentence_131

In December, Braxton announced that the January 2017 concert dates were canceled. Toni Braxton_sentence_132

2017–2019: Sex & Cigarettes, touring, and other ventures Toni Braxton_section_8

In January 2018, Braxton starred in the Lifetime film Faith Under Fire. Toni Braxton_sentence_133

In March, her eighth studio album Sex & Cigarettes, her first solo album in eight years, was released on Def Jam Recordings. Toni Braxton_sentence_134

An adult contemporary R&B album with production from Fred Ball, Babyface, Dapo Torimiro, and Tricky Stewart, it debuted at number 22 on the US Billboard 200 and number one on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. Toni Braxton_sentence_135

Sex & Cigarettes received mainly positive reviews from music critics, and was nominated for Best R&B Album at the 61st Annual Grammy Awards. Toni Braxton_sentence_136

Second single "Long as I Live" topped the US Adult R&B Songs, becoming Braxton's eighth chart topper, while breaking a tie with singers Maxwell and R. Kelly to give her sole possession of the second-most number-one's in the chart's 24-year history. Toni Braxton_sentence_137

It also received Grammy Award nomination for Best R&B Performance and Best R&B Song. Toni Braxton_sentence_138

Also in 2018, Braxton and Uncle Bud's Hemp products created a joint marketing campaign for the latter's products, which Braxton noted as helpful in her battle against lupus. Toni Braxton_sentence_139

In April 2018, Braxton and her sisters Trina and Towanda appeared on their sister Traci's single "Broken Things." Toni Braxton_sentence_140

In November, Braxton and Towanda appeared in the holiday film Every Day is Christmas, which premiered on Lifetime. Toni Braxton_sentence_141

The same month, she announced her As Long As I Live Tour, a joint concert tour with SWV, which took her to South Africa and the United Kingdom. Toni Braxton_sentence_142

In June 2019, Braxton headlined the 2019 Pittsburgh Pride festival. Toni Braxton_sentence_143

2020: New record label and Spell My Name Toni Braxton_section_9

In April 2020, it was announced that Braxton had signed with Island Records. Toni Braxton_sentence_144

She released the single, "Do It", her first song under the new deal on April 6, 2020. Toni Braxton_sentence_145

In May, Braxton released a remix EP for her second single "Dance". Toni Braxton_sentence_146

On June 26, 2020, Missy Elliott appeared on the official remix to the single "Do It". Toni Braxton_sentence_147

Elliott co-produced the track alongside Hannon Lane. Toni Braxton_sentence_148

On August 4, 2020, Braxton released the music video for "Dance", directed by Mike Ho. Toni Braxton_sentence_149

On Aug. 27, 2020, Braxton released the song "Nothin'." Toni Braxton_sentence_150

Braxton's tenth studio Spell My Name was released on August 28, 2020. Toni Braxton_sentence_151

On October 23, 2020, Braxton released a video for her song "Gotta Move On." Toni Braxton_sentence_152

Artistry Toni Braxton_section_10

Braxton has been recognized for her distinctive contralto voice. Toni Braxton_sentence_153

Her voice has been called "husky, sultry, elegant and sexy." Toni Braxton_sentence_154

Due to the huskiness of her voice, Braxton often used male singers such as Michael McDonald, Luther Vandross and Stevie Wonder as vocal style models. Toni Braxton_sentence_155

Chaka Khan and Anita Baker were two of the few female singers that she could stylize. Toni Braxton_sentence_156

Steve Huey of AllMusic cites a key to Braxton's success is the versatility of her voice, which he states as being "soulful enough for R&B audiences, but smooth enough for adult contemporary; sophisticated enough for adults, but sultry enough for younger listeners; strong enough in the face of heartbreak to appeal to women, but ravishing enough to nab the fellas." Toni Braxton_sentence_157

Braxton began her career singing traditional R&B and soft rock ballads and love songs on her debut and second albums. Toni Braxton_sentence_158

However, hip-hop soul and dance music elements begun to get spun into her sound on The Heat, More Than a Woman, and Pulse. Toni Braxton_sentence_159

She also showcased her classical training while performing in Broadway plays Beauty and the Beast and Aida as well as her duet with Il Divo, "The Time of Our Lives". Toni Braxton_sentence_160

Legacy Toni Braxton_section_11

Toni Braxton became an R&B superstar after the release of her first album. Toni Braxton_sentence_161

LA Reid stated during an interview with VH1: "We called her the first lady of LaFace. Toni Braxton_sentence_162

She was our Diva. Toni Braxton_sentence_163

Clive had Whitney, Tommy had Mariah and we had Toni." Toni Braxton_sentence_164

BBC called the album "spiritedly, mature soul at its best – and just urban enough to make it the bedroom album for the hip hop generation." Toni Braxton_sentence_165

Over the span of her career Braxton has sold over 70 million records, including 40 million albums, worldwide. Toni Braxton_sentence_166

Her hit "Un-Break My Heart", the Diane Warren-penned ballad, spent 11-weeks at number 1. Toni Braxton_sentence_167

Bob McCann, author of Encyclopedia of African American Actresses in Film and Television (2010), considered it "simply one of the most haunting R&B records ever made." Toni Braxton_sentence_168

Reviewer Mark Edward Nero named it one of the best R&B break-up songs and considered it Braxton's "finest moment". Toni Braxton_sentence_169

He further commented, "damn, this song is so sad it can make people cry for hours at a time." Toni Braxton_sentence_170

Braxton is a recipient of seven Grammy Awards, seven American Music Awards, and nine Billboard Music Awards. Toni Braxton_sentence_171

She has been cited as an influence by various artists, such as Beyoncé, Tamar Braxton, Billie Godfrey, Leela James, Keyshia Cole, Teyana Taylor, Kehlani and Anja Nissen. Toni Braxton_sentence_172

Braxton's career, she made several impacts on fashion, mostly for her high splits in her dresses. Toni Braxton_sentence_173

In 2011, Braxton topped the list for the Grammy Award's best dressed of the decade. Toni Braxton_sentence_174

"I've always gone a little risque with all my other award show outfits." Toni Braxton_sentence_175

In 2012, Braxton made the list for VH1's 50 Greatest Women in Music. Toni Braxton_sentence_176

Braxton's 2000 performance at Super Bowl XXXIV is ranked as one of the most memorable Super Bowl performances. Toni Braxton_sentence_177

Braxton is featured alongside other R&B and pop divas as a primary character on the popular web parody Got 2B Real: The Diva Variety Show. Toni Braxton_sentence_178

With her Las Vegas residency Toni Braxton: Revealed, she became the first African American performer in Las Vegas to have her act enter the top ten Vegas shows charting. Toni Braxton_sentence_179

Braxton also made headlines for her Giantto Million Dollar Microphone that she performed every show with. Toni Braxton_sentence_180

Braxton said: "I think it's a great element to the show. Toni Braxton_sentence_181

You have to have a little sprinkle of Liberace and this is my little sprinkle of that." Toni Braxton_sentence_182

Braxton's prop was made up of white gold and encrusted with 650 karats of diamonds. Toni Braxton_sentence_183

The microphone reportedly cost $1 million. Toni Braxton_sentence_184

Braxton has also been seen as a gay icon, with some of her songs becoming gay anthems, such as "Un-Break My Heart", "He Wasn't Man Enough" and "Make My Heart". Toni Braxton_sentence_185

The singer stated that after the release of "Un-Break My Heart", she "recognized all the support. Toni Braxton_sentence_186

And it was really wonderful." Toni Braxton_sentence_187

When asked about her gay fans, Braxton said "I love my boys because my boys help me be a better girl. Toni Braxton_sentence_188

My choreographer and my video director are gay, and they’ve been my best friends since I started in the industry. Toni Braxton_sentence_189

They’re my favorite part of the whole industry". Toni Braxton_sentence_190

Personal life Toni Braxton_section_12

Relationships Toni Braxton_section_13

Braxton met musician Keri Lewis when his group, Mint Condition, opened for her on tour; they married on April 21, 2001. Toni Braxton_sentence_191

In December 2001, she gave birth to their first child, a son named Denim Cole Braxton-Lewis. Toni Braxton_sentence_192

In 2002, while gearing up for the release of her fourth studio album, Braxton discovered she was pregnant with her second child; the complicated pregnancy confined her to bed rest. Toni Braxton_sentence_193

The couple's second son, Diezel Ky Braxton-Lewis, was born in March 2003. Toni Braxton_sentence_194

As Diezel has been diagnosed with autism, Braxton has become involved with Autism Speaks, serving as their International Spokesperson. Toni Braxton_sentence_195

In November 2009 Braxton announced that she and her husband had separated. Toni Braxton_sentence_196

The couple later divorced in July 2013. Toni Braxton_sentence_197

In her early 30s, Braxton had an abortion after discovering she was pregnant with then-boyfriend Keri Lewis. Toni Braxton_sentence_198

In her memoir Unbreak my Heart, Braxton discusses her abortion and guilt, saying that her son Diezel's autism was "God's payback." Toni Braxton_sentence_199

In an October 2006 concert at the Flamingo Las Vegas, Braxton broke down in tears while announcing to the audience that just before the concert began she had been told that her son, Diezel, had been diagnosed with autism. Toni Braxton_sentence_200

Braxton has been outspoken regarding her doctor's failure to diagnose Diezel's condition earlier, contending that if he had been diagnosed earlier he could have received treatment earlier. Toni Braxton_sentence_201

As well as becoming a spokeswoman for Autism Speaks, she is also a spokeswoman for the American Heart Association. Toni Braxton_sentence_202

On July 8, 2015, Braxton's attorney, Antavius Weems, announced that Braxton had settled her contentious child support case with her former husband, Keri Lewis. Toni Braxton_sentence_203

On June 2, 2016, the city and county officials of Atlanta, Georgia, named June 2 as Toni Braxton Day. Toni Braxton_sentence_204

Braxton was dating rapper Birdman in May 2016, and the couple announced their engagement in February 2018. Toni Braxton_sentence_205

In January 2019, the couple called off the engagement. Toni Braxton_sentence_206

However, in April 2019, both Braxton and Birdman confirmed that they were still together. Toni Braxton_sentence_207

Health problems Toni Braxton_section_14

In August 2007, rumors surfaced that Braxton had been diagnosed with breast cancer. Toni Braxton_sentence_208

She stated to Access Hollywood that the breast cancer rumors were false and that her health was very good. Toni Braxton_sentence_209

However, in 2008, she had a benign lump removed from her breast. Toni Braxton_sentence_210

On April 8, 2008, near the end of her two-year run at the Flamingo Hotel, Braxton was briefly hospitalized and the remaining dates on the show, which was scheduled to end on August 23, 2008, were cancelled. Toni Braxton_sentence_211

Later, while appearing on Season 7 of Dancing with the Stars, she stated, that she has been diagnosed with microvascular angina (small vessel disease). Toni Braxton_sentence_212

On November 18, 2010, Braxton admitted to CBS News that she had been diagnosed with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), a potentially life-threatening autoimmune disease. Toni Braxton_sentence_213

Braxton's uncle died of complications from lupus. Toni Braxton_sentence_214

While taping her reality series Braxton Family Values, she went into hospital for surgery. Toni Braxton_sentence_215

Braxton was hospitalized in Los Angeles in December 2012 because of "minor health issues" related to lupus. Toni Braxton_sentence_216

Discography Toni Braxton_section_15

Main article: Toni Braxton discography Toni Braxton_sentence_217

See also: The Braxtons discography Toni Braxton_sentence_218

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Tours and residencies Toni Braxton_section_16

Headlining Toni Braxton_sentence_219

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Residencies Toni Braxton_sentence_220

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Awards and nominations Toni Braxton_section_17

Main article: List of awards and nominations received by Toni Braxton Toni Braxton_sentence_221

Filmography Toni Braxton_section_18

Film Toni Braxton_section_19

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YearToni Braxton_header_cell_1_0_0 TitleToni Braxton_header_cell_1_0_1 RoleToni Braxton_header_cell_1_0_2 NotesToni Braxton_header_cell_1_0_3
2001Toni Braxton_cell_1_1_0 Kingdom ComeToni Braxton_cell_1_1_1 Juanita SlocumbToni Braxton_cell_1_1_2 Toni Braxton_cell_1_1_3
2002Toni Braxton_cell_1_2_0 Play'd: A Hip Hop StoryToni Braxton_cell_1_2_1 ShondaToni Braxton_cell_1_2_2 Television filmToni Braxton_cell_1_2_3
2012Toni Braxton_cell_1_3_0 The Oogieloves in the Big Balloon AdventureToni Braxton_cell_1_3_1 Rosalie RosebudToni Braxton_cell_1_3_2 Toni Braxton_cell_1_3_3
2013Toni Braxton_cell_1_4_0 Twist of FaithToni Braxton_cell_1_4_1 Nina JonesToni Braxton_cell_1_4_2 Television filmToni Braxton_cell_1_4_3
2016Toni Braxton_cell_1_5_0 Toni Braxton: Unbreak My HeartToni Braxton_cell_1_5_1 HerselfToni Braxton_cell_1_5_2 Television filmToni Braxton_cell_1_5_3
2018Toni Braxton_cell_1_6_0 Faith Under Fire: The Antoinette Tuff StoryToni Braxton_cell_1_6_1 Antoinette TuffToni Braxton_cell_1_6_2 Television filmToni Braxton_cell_1_6_3
2018Toni Braxton_cell_1_7_0 Every Day Is ChristmasToni Braxton_cell_1_7_1 Alexis TaylorToni Braxton_cell_1_7_2 Television filmToni Braxton_cell_1_7_3

Television Toni Braxton_section_20

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YearToni Braxton_header_cell_2_0_0 TitleToni Braxton_header_cell_2_0_1 RoleToni Braxton_header_cell_2_0_2 NotesToni Braxton_header_cell_2_0_3
1994Toni Braxton_cell_2_1_0 RocToni Braxton_cell_2_1_1 HerselfToni Braxton_cell_2_1_2 Episode: "The Concert"Toni Braxton_cell_2_1_3
2000Toni Braxton_cell_2_2_0 Mad TVToni Braxton_cell_2_2_1 HerselfToni Braxton_cell_2_2_2 Episode: "6.10"Toni Braxton_cell_2_2_3
2004Toni Braxton_cell_2_3_0 Blue's CluesToni Braxton_cell_2_3_1 HerselfToni Braxton_cell_2_3_2 Episode: "Bluestock"Toni Braxton_cell_2_3_3
2005Toni Braxton_cell_2_4_0 Kevin HillToni Braxton_cell_2_4_1 Terry KnoxToni Braxton_cell_2_4_2 3 episodesToni Braxton_cell_2_4_3
2011–presentToni Braxton_cell_2_5_0 Braxton Family ValuesToni Braxton_cell_2_5_1 HerselfToni Braxton_cell_2_5_2 Main role; 142 episodesToni Braxton_cell_2_5_3

Music videos Toni Braxton_section_21

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TitleToni Braxton_header_cell_3_0_0 YearToni Braxton_header_cell_3_0_1 ArtistToni Braxton_header_cell_3_0_2 NotesToni Braxton_header_cell_3_0_3
"Miss You"Toni Braxton_cell_3_1_0 2002Toni Braxton_cell_3_1_1 AaliyahToni Braxton_cell_3_1_2 Toni Braxton_cell_3_1_3
"Last Call"Toni Braxton_cell_3_2_0 2014Toni Braxton_cell_3_2_1 Traci BraxtonToni Braxton_cell_3_2_2 Toni Braxton_cell_3_2_3

See also Toni Braxton_section_22

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Credits to the contents of this page go to the authors of the corresponding Wikipedia page: Braxton.