She has graced the covers of seven magazines, appeared in seven pictorials, as well as 25 videos and recorded over 150 songs. She is a six-time Grammy Award winner for Best New Artiste, Best R&B Vocal Performer Female and Best Pop Female Vocal Performance and she will bring all her talent to a stage in Trinidad and Tobago.
Sexy and sultry R&B singer Toni Braxton will perform in a concert for Mother's Day, May 8, in Port of Spain.
Braxton rose to prominence in 1991, with the song, "Love Shoulda Brought You Home", from the sound track of the Eddie Murphy movie, Boomerang. After that it was no stopping her as she became the first lady of LaFace Records, owned by Antonio LA Reid and Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds.
Since then Braxton has sold 40 million albums worldwide and just about 20 million in the US, leaving us memorable classics like "Unbreak My Heart", "Breathe Again", "You Mean the World to Me", "Spanish Guitar", "Another Sad Love Song" and "How Many Ways".
Born in Severn, Maryland, on October 7, 1967, Braxton is the first of five sisters and started singing from a tender age in a church founded by her mother, Evelyn. Together with her sisters, Trina, Traci, Towanda and Trina, they formed the group The Braxtons. Their first song, "The Good Life", was enough to launch Toni's career.
Braxton has not restricted her talents to singing, but has moved on to a Broadway musical (Beauty and The Beast) and her screen debut, Kingdom Come.
In her career she has faced bankruptcy twice, but has moved on and will be featured in the reality television show, Braxton Family Values, on the WE TV Network. The show about the singers' relationship with her mom and sisters is set to launch on April 12.
Last year, Braxton shocked the world when she announced that she has been living with the incurable lupus, a disease which attacks the immune system. It has not stopped her from living a full life and making memorable music.
She lists Teddy Pendergrass, Regina Bell, Stevie Wonder, Sade, Angela Bofill, Natalie Cole, Diana Ross, Anita Baker, Al Jarreau and Roberta Flack as influences in her musical career.