Toni Braxton

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Her distinctive sultry vocal blend of R&B, POP, Jazz and Gospel became an instantaneous international sensation when she came forth with her first solo recording in 1992. Today, with more than 40 million albums sold worldwide and six Grammy Awards, Toni Braxton is recognized as one of the most outstanding voices of this generation.

Born a preacher's child and raised in a strict religious househol d, Braxton's first professional experience was singing in the church choir. She went on to perform in a group with her four sisters (Traci, Trina, Towanda and Tamar) that was signed to Arista Records. Her talent was recognized by Antonio L.A. Reid and Kenneth Babyface Edmonds and soon her solo recording career was launched. Her music first came to widespread popularity on the soundtrack of the Eddie Murphy film "Boomerang." The resulting Toni Braxton album sold ten million copies worldwide, spawning the classics "Another Sad Love Song" and "Breathe Again." The album also resulted in her first two Grammys in 1993 as Best New Artist and Best Female R&B Vocal Performance for "Another Sad Love Long" and another Grammy in the same category in 1994 for "Breathe Again." In 1997 she garnered Grammys in Best R&B and Best Pop Female Vocal Performance categories.

The acclaim for her second album Secrets continued her mega success, selling over thirteen million copies in the US and abroad following its July 1996 release. "You're Makin' Me High" became her first across-the-board #1 pop and R&B hit single and garnered another Grammy for R&B vocal performance. Release of "Unbreak My Heart" followed in the fall of 1996 and was recognized with the coveted Grammy for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance. It has become her signature song, and ranks as the second top-selling single of all time by a female artist. The next album, The Heat, sold 2 million copies and brought her another million-selling single and best R&B Grammy with "He Wasn't Man Enough."

Toni Braxton had successful runs on Broadway starring in "Beauty and the Beast" and "Aida." In 2006, she headlined her own show, "Toni Braxton Revealed" at the Flamingo Hotel in Las Vegas. The show which ran through April 2008, was a smash, but in the middle of the extended run she was diagnosed with micro vascular angina causing her to cancel the remaining dates. After a recovery period, she took time in 2008 to fulfill her big dream of appearing on the top-rated television series "Dancing with the Stars."

Today, Braxton balances the demands of her career with the high priorities of family, health and public service as she raises her two sons Denim and Diezel. Regarding her youngest child's autism, Braxton is giving a message of hope that wasn't quite the case for her a few years ago. "Today, Diezel is talking and attending a mainstream school. He still needs occupational therapy, but he is a wonderful example of what can happen with early detection and intervention."

In addition to being a spokesperson for Autism Speaks, Braxton also is active with the American Heart Association. Braxton was most recently diagnosed with Lupus. She announced her health struggle publicly as she accepted the Lupus LA award for "Women of Achievement".

Most recently, Braxton is enjoying huge success with her Braxton Family Values reality show on the WE network. Four episodes into Braxton Family Values' run, Rainbow Media's WE tv renewed the reality series starring Toni Braxton and her sisters for a second season with a 19-episode order, up from the 10 episodes the network ordered for Season 1. Braxton Family Values, ranked as the #1 telecast for W18-34 and #3 for W25-54 during primetime among all ad-supported cable, when the show returned for its second season on Thursday, November 10 (9-10 pm). The series also ranked as the #1 show among African-American viewers during primetime for all key women and adult demographic deliveries, and #1 across all key women's demos during primetime - W18-34, W18-49 and W25-54 - among all women's networks.

"Braxton Family Values' has struck a chord with our audiences - it's one of our most popular shows ever," WE TV prexy/g.m. Kim Martin said.

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"I'm not a diva. I'm a tadpole trying to be a frog." Toni Braxton

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Singer Toni Braxton's reality Tv star mum Evelyn is facing a stint behind bars after New York police found a taser in her handbag last year (13).The Braxton family matriarch and star of Braxton Family...

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Braxton Family News: Tamar Braxton Announces She's Pregnant on GMA

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Tamar Braxton, the reality TV star and sister of R&B singer Toni Braxton, is expecting her first child, USA Today have reported.Tamar unveiled the news on Good Morning America, letting the nation know that she...

Toni Braxton Retiring From Music To Play Lesbian On Screen

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Toni Braxton retiring from music is something that has been anticipated by the R&B singer's fans for many years now. The singer - who has sold over 60 million records worldwide - announced her exit...

Toni Braxton Charges Kids Rent

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R&B star TONI BRAXTON charges her young sons rent to help them learn how to budget for their future.The Un-Break My Heart hitmaker reveals she's already started training her kids for the real world by...

Toni Braxton Took A Chance With Milli Vanilli Producer

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Toni Braxton landed her big break when she took a risk on a gas pump attendant who turned out to be Milli Vanilli's producer.The Unbreak My Heart singer was at college when she was approached...

Lupus Flare Up Lands Toni Braxton in Hospital

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Toni Braxton was hospitalized in Los Angeles on Friday.The singer broke the news over Twitter, sounding remarkably casual about the ordeal. "Hey guys, I'm in the hospital for health issues related to Lupus & Blood...

Toni Braxton Went Bankrupt Due To Her Home Decor Shopping Habit

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R&B singer TONI BRAXTON has opened up about what led her down her path towards bankruptcy, revealing she often splurged on unnecessary items like expensive bedding and kitchenware.The singer's financial troubles first came to light...

Toni Braxton Accused of Fraud, Claimed She Was $50m in Debt

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In 2010 singer and actress Toni Braxton filed for bankruptcy, reportedly owing somewhere between $10m-50m, reports the Daily Mail. Although the first thought the comes to mind is- HOW does someone let that kind of...

Usher's Son, 11, Dies Two Weeks After Horrific Boating Accident

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Usher 's step son Kile Glover, 11, has died in hospital, two weeks after suffering horrific injuries after a boating accident on a Georgia Lake. Glover was riding on an inner tube with a 15-year-old...

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R&B singer Toni Braxton has found love with her first white guy.The Unbreak My Heart singer admits she had never even considered dating a Caucasian man until one chatted her up in a Los Angeles...

Braxton Likes Being Short Because It Baffles Men

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Soul star TONI BRAXTON finds she can often go unnoticed in clubs and bars because no one believes she's as short as she is. The UNBREAK MY HEART singer admits she often gets chatted...

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LYNDA B.

I HAVE ALWAYS LOVED TONI BRAXTON'S STYLE, MUSIC, DEMEANOR AND EVERYTHING ABOUT TONI. SHE HAS, THOUGH SEEMED TO SHY AWAY FROM THE PUBLIC SINCE HER MARRIAGE TO KERI LEWIS. HE LOOKS LIKE HE WANTS FULL CONTROL OF TONI. WHAT IS HIS OCCUPATION ANYWAY? TONI SHOULD GET BACK IN THE SPOTLIGHT AND RECORD AGAIN ALONG WITH HER VIDEOS. HER BABIES ARE BEAUTIFUL AND I AM SO GLAD SHE IS A GOOD MOM! TONI I WILL BE GLAD TO SEE YOU ON "DWTS"! TONI SHOULD ALSO DO ANOTHER REALITY SHOW POST PREGNANCY. KERI, GIVE HER A BREAK AND LOOSEN THOSE REIGNS ON TONI. WE LOVE TONI!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!PS I HOPE TONI GETS ALL OF THE KNOWLEDGE AND SUPPORT FOR HER SON WITH AUTISIM. SHE IS STILL SO BLESSED.

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sheisha

toni be blessed in whatever difficulties put your God first without God nothing is possible trust in him and your dreams and ambitions shall be accomlished all the best i love u you and your songs

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abse

Heey Toni how r u?i'm sure that ur new show will be the bom i'm looking forward to watch it plus ur voice OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOHH MY GOD it's WaaaaaaaW N ur new album is wow to so goodluck in whatever u do ma'am u deserve it..Salam

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