Toni Braxton is one of the most amazing women in the history of black Americans, whose voice is called the alto voice. She is a woman full of passion for her career, and she is quite ambitious to achieve it. Braxton, whose middle name is Michelle, was born on 7 October 1967 in Severn, Maryland, USA. She began her quest for excellence with music in her church choir. There her love for this craft was cultivated before she took it to the higher level of album production.
Braxton is not only a singer but also a songwriter, producer, actress, television personality, and philanthropist; she has been active in all her professional positions since 1989 until today. She was first signed to Arista Records in the 1980s together with her sisters in their amazing family group “The Braxtons”.
Toni attended Bowie State University, where she graduated as a teacher. However, she decided to use the tunnel leading to the music for her professional career after William E. Pettaway heard her sing while pumping gasoline and decided to become her producer.
Toni Braxton Career
Toni Braxton’s first self-titled debut album was released in 1993 and was a huge success, climbing to #1 on the U.S. Billboard 200 album charts. She then released her song entitled Another Sad Love Song, which reached another peak in the Billboard Hot 100 and R&b singles charts. Her music albums include Toni Braxton (1993), Secrets (1996), The Heat (2000), Snowflakes (2001), More than a Woman (2002), Libra (2005), Pulse (2010), Love, Marriage & Divorce (with Baby Face, 2014) and Sex & Cigarettes (2018).
Braxton plays a keyboard and was the first woman to sign with Laface Records. She played the role of Belle in the Broadway production Beauty and the Beast in September 1998 and has won several awards, including seven Grammy Awards, two American Music Awards in 1994 and 1995, nine Billboard Music Awards, and seven American Music Awards. It has filed for bankruptcy twice but is currently worth $10 million.
Braxton’s world was steeped in rumors that she was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2007. She denied the claims until it became public in 2008 when a benign lump was removed from her breast. In 2010 Braxton was diagnosed with systemic lupus erythematosus, a highly life-threatening disease. From the research carried out, it is clear that the disease is historically documented in her family, as her brother is a carrier of the disease and her uncle died of the complications.
Toni Braxton’s Husband, Sons, and Kids
Toni Braxton was married to Keri Lewis in April 2001. The two of them met during an open tour and heralded a romance that led them to the altar. Their union was blessed with two boys – the first, whom they named Denim Cole Braxton Lewis, was born in 2001, the second Diezel Ky Braxton-Lewis was born in 2003.
Her second son Diezel was diagnosed with autism, which motivated his mother to join the Autism Speakers, where she serves as an international spokesperson. Braxton announced her separation from her husband Keri Lewis in November 2009 and was later officially divorced in July 2013.
Father and Sisters
Toni Braxton was born the son of her father Michael Cornard Braxton Sr., a Methodist Center minister who also worked for an energy company. Her mother is Evelyn Jackson, an opera singer, and cosmetologist who was also a pastor. Ironically, Braxton was born into a spiritual and Christian home, for in addition to her pastor’s parents, her maternal grandfather was also a pastor. It has been said that the education that Braxton and her siblings received was of the strictest nature, as they were never allowed to listen to any kind of music except gospel/godly music.
Braxton has six siblings, and she is the oldest of them all. She has one brother Michael Junior, born in 1968, and four younger sisters Tarci, Towanda, Trina, and Tarma, born in 1971, 1973, 1974, and 1977 respectively.
When she grew up, Braxton was not alone with her love of music. Together with their four sisters, they began singing under the stage name The Braxtons in the late 1980s and produced their first album Good Life in 1990. The album didn’t go that well, but it gave Toni Braxton the right amount of attention. Soon the producers were looking for her, and this led to her recording the soundtrack to Eddy Murphy’s film Boomerang.
Is Toni Braxton Dating Again? – Boyfriend
In 2016, the news appeared that Toni Braxton was in a relationship with the rapper, record producer, and entrepreneur Birdman, whose birth name is Bryan Williams. They have been together since 2016, but only announced their commitment when the Grammy was awarded in February 2018.
Birdman is worth over $160 million and is co-founder of Cash Money Records and half of the duo Big Tymers. Apart from the music, the rapper was also tagged as a marijuana carrier after he was caught with a pound of marijuana in 2007. He entered the oil and gas industry and founded a company he called Bronald Oil and Gas, LLC.
Height, Body Measurements, and Other Facts
Height: 5’1 ft tall
Weight: 54kg (120lbs)
Bra Size: 34B
Shoe Size: 7 (US)
Dress Size: 4 (US)
Body Measurement: 34-26-34
Eye Color: Dark brown
Hair Color: Black.