Living In The Spotlight Featuring Toni Braxton

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ATLANTA, GA - SEPTEMBER 01:  Toni Braxton performs at the 2016 BMI R&B/Hip-Hop Awards at Woodruff Arts Center on September 1, 2016 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo: Erika Goldring/WireImage)

Living In The Spotlight Featuring Toni Braxton

Things you may or may not know about the queen, Toni Braxton!

Published October 23, 2017

  1. Get To Know: Toni Braxton
    Toni Braxton during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring 2004 - Badgley Mischka - Front Row and Backstage at Josephine Tent, Bryant Park in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by J. Countess/WireImage)
    (Photo: J. Countess/WireImage)

    Toni Braxton is a a multi-awarding winning singer-songwriter, pianist, actress and philanthropist. Born on October 7, 1967, she is the eldest of six siblings. Growing up, Toni and her sisters were active in their church choir. By the late ‘80s, Toni and her sisters, Traci, Towanda, Trina and Tamar, formed their singing group, the Braxtons. Toni went on to pursue a solo career, which led to her success with many platinum hits! Through her journey, she has gone on to appearing on Broadway in plays, performing on ABC's Dancing With The Stars, and being the star of her family's hit reality WEtv show, The Braxtons. Braxton is also an advocate for autism awareness. 


  2. Making It To the Spotlight
    (L-R) Traci Braxton, Tamar Braxton, Evelyn Braxton, Toni Braxton, Towanda Braxton and Trina Braxton attend the WE TV series "Braxton Family Values" reunion special taping at Occidental Studios on May 28, 2011 in Los Angeles, California.
    (Photo: Jason LaVeris/Getty Images)

    Toni's group with her sisters, the Braxtons, worked hard and got signed to Arista Records. In 1990 they released their first single, “The Good Life." The single caught the attention of music moguls L.A. Reid and Babyface. To them, Toni stood out and they pursued her for her music. The duo signed Toni as the first female artist to their Arista-distributed imprint, LaFace Records, in 1991. From there, Toni started releasing solo music and perfecting her craft. In 1993, Toni released her long-awaited self-titled debut album, Toni Braxton. The album was well received by the masses and immediately climbed the charts, peaking at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart.

  3. Debut Single

    Her self-titled debut album, Toni Braxton, boasted many endless hits. Debut records “Another Sad Love Song,” “Breathe Again” and “You Mean the World to Me” all hit the top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100 charts. After all of the enormous success, Toni Braxton was on top. By 1995, she had sold over 10 million copies internationally from her debut album.

  4. Coolest Connection

    Though Toni has had many remarkable connections, we'd have to say the coolest is the one with her sisters. Though she had to leave their group to pursue her solo career, Toni made sure to include them in various songs. You can see them singing in the background of her record "Seven Whole Days." Her close bond with her sisters is truly one of the coolest connections yet.

  5. Best Collaboration
    NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 13:  Recording Artists Kenny 'Babyface' Edmonds and Toni Braxton pose on stage as they join the cast of "After Midnight" at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre on March 13, 2014 in New York City.  (Photo by Noam Galai/WireImage)
    (Photo: Noam Galai/WireImage)

    Toni Braxton's best collaboration would have to be anything the songstress has done with Babyface. The two have worked on countless songs together and even recorded a collaborative album, Love, Marriage & Divorce.

  6. Exclusive Info
    LOS ANGELES - APRIL 29:  Singer Toni Braxton poses for a portrait on April 29 2005 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry Langdon/Getty Images)
    (Photo: Harry Langdon/Getty Images)

    If you don't already know, the singer released her first single, “Deadwood,” off of her eighth studio album, Sex & Cigarettes, in September of this year! The singer continues to make music and proves she cannot be stopped!

Written by BET Staff

(Photo: Harry Langdon/Getty Images)


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