This Day in Black History: March 17, 1977

Singer Tamar Braxton was born in Severn, Maryland.

Posted: 03/17/2014 12:00 AM EDT
This Day in Black History: March 17, 1977

Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter and television host Tamar Braxton rose to fame as a cast member on WE TV's Braxton Family Values, a reality show featuring her sisters in 2011. She was born on March 17, 1977, in Severn, Maryland. 

Before her reality television show, Braxton started out in the recording industry as a member of the Braxtons with her sisters. The group was dropped from Arista in the early 1990s, and she eventually sung backup for Toni Braxton after she signed to LaFace Records.

She later went solo and released her eponymous-titled debut album in 2000. The project failed to chart high on the Billboard Albums chart, but Braxton later emerged as a force to be reckoned with.

After becoming a viewer favorite on Braxton Family Values, the songbird returned to the studio and began recording her sophomore album, Love and War. The record peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard albums chart and No. 1 on the R&B albums chart. She also received her first Grammy nomination for the album. 

In 2013, Tamar received three Soul Train Awards for Best R&B/Soul Female Artist, Song of the Year and Video of the Year for her song "Love and War."


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