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About Toni Braxton

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About Toni Braxton

Born & Raised:

Full name: Toni Michelle Braxton.
Born: Oct. 7, 1967 in Severn, Maryland.

Early Life:

Toni Braxton was one of six children born to Evelyn Braxton, a former opera singer and Michael Braxton, a Methodist clergyman. Toni grew up in a strict, religious household where the younger members of the family were expected to participate in church activities. The children grew up singing in their church choir and this eventually led to Toni and her younger sisters forming a vocal group called The Braxtons and toured East Coast churches with their parents, performing at various churches. The Braxtons signed with Arista Records in 1989 and released their first and only single, "Good Life," the following year.

Solo Career:

The Braxton sisters' "Good Life" was not a hit critically or commercially and Toni wound up leaving the group in 1991 after being recruited by Antonio "L.A." Reid and Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds, who were in the process of forming LaFace Records. She became the label's first solo female artist. Her self-titled debut solo album was released in 1993 and peaked at No. 1 on the Billboard pop albums chart thanks in part to the singles "Another Sad Love Song" and "Breathe Again." The album also led to Toni winning three Grammy s including Best New Artist. To date, she has won six Grammys during her nearly 20-year career.

Family Matters:

Toni has two sons, Denim Cole Braxton-Lewis, who was born Dec. 2, 2001 and Diezel Ky Braxton-Lewis, born March 31, 2003. The father of both is musician Kerri Lewis, whom Toni married April 21, 2001. Although the couple has been estranged since 2009, the two are still legally married as of mid-2012. Their son Diezel, was diagnosed as autistic in 2006.
Toni also has four sisters -- Traci, Towanda, Trina and Tamar -- whom she starred with on the reality series "Braxton Family Values" for two seasons. The sisters also have an older brother, Michael Braxton, Jr.

Discography:

2010: Pulse
2005: Libra
2002: More Than a Woman
2001: Snowflakes
2000: The Heat
1996: Secrets
1993: Toni Braxton

Filmography:

2012: The Oogieloves in the Big Balloon Adventure.
2002: Play'd: a Hip Hop Story.
2001: Kingdom Come.
She also had a recurring role on the legal drama television show "Kevin Hill" during the program's 2004-2005 season.

Grammy Awards Won:

2001: Best Female R&B Vocal Performance, for the song "He Wasn't Man Enough."
1997: Best Female R&B Vocal Performance, for the song "You're Makin' Me High."
1996: Best Female Pop Vocal Performance, for the song "Un-Break My Heart."
1995: Best Female R&B Vocal Performance, for the song "Breathe Again."
1994: Best Female R&B Vocal Performance, for the song "Another Sad Love Song."
1994: Best New Artist.

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