Toni Braxton

Singer, Actor
A successful, remarkably talented Grammy-winning R&B singer, Toni Braxton made the most of a four-year break between her second and third albums by taking on the role of Belle in the Broadway production of Disney's ... Read more »
Born: 10/06/1967 in Severn, Maryland, USA

Filmography

Actor (62)

Celebrity Family Feud 2015 (Tv Show)

Contestant

Braxton Family Values 2010 - 2014 (TV Show)

Herself

Christmas in Rockefeller Center 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Performer

Twist of Faith 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Actor

20/20 2012 (Tv Show)

Special Appearance

Behind the Music 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Oogieloves in the Big Balloon Adventure 2012 (Movie)

Rosalie Rosebud (Voice)

2009 American Music Awards 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

The 41st NAACP Image Awards 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

VH1 Divas 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

Dancing With the Stars 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

New Year's Eve Special (FOX) 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

American Idol 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

The 2005 American Music Awards 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

The 7th Annual Home for the Holidays 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

World Music Awards 2005 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

InStyle Greatest Celebrity Weddings 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Kevin Hill 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

The 7th Annual Soul Train Christmas Starfest 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Prince: The Art of Musicology 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

The 57th Annual Tony Awards 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Play'd: A Hip Hop Story 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Tom Jones: For One Night Only 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

6th Annual Soul Train Lady of Soul Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Grammy Awards Fashion Review 2001 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Joan Rivers: The E! True Hollywood Story 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Kingdom Come 2001 (Movie)

Juanita Slocumb (Actor)

Road to Fame 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

The 2000 Billboard Music Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

The 2000 MTV Video Music Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

The 28th Annual American Music Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

The 32nd NAACP Image Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

The 43rd Annual Grammy Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Super Bowl XXXIV 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

The BET 20th Anniversary Celebration 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

ABC in Concert 1990 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

The 1997 Billboard Music Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

The 25th Annual American Music Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Songs & Visions 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

The 1996 Billboard Music Awards 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

The 1996 MTV Video Music Awards 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

The 24th Annual American Music Awards 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

The 39th Annual Grammy Awards 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

The VH1 Fashion Awards 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

The 1996 Essence Awards 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

The 38th Annual Grammy Awards 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Christmas at Home With the Stars 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

The 25th Anniversary Essence Awards 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Roc 1993 - 1994 (Tv Show)

Actor

The 1994 MTV Movie Awards 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

The 36th Annual Grammy Awards 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

The 8th Annual Soul Train Music Awards 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

The American Music Awards 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

The Essence Awards 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor
Music (9)

Conan 2014 (Tv Show)

Performer

Baggage Claim 2013 (Movie)

("Unbreak My Heart") (Song Performer)

More Than a Game 2009 (Movie)

("If You Dream") (Song Performer)

Diary of a Mad Black Woman 2005 (Movie)

("Stupid") (Song Performer)

Diary of a Mad Black Woman 2005 (Movie)

("Stupid") (Song)

How High 2001 (Movie)

("You're Making Me High") (Song Performer)

How High 2001 (Movie)

("How High II (contains ('You're Making Me High')") (Song)

Rock 'n' Roll Skating Championship 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Song Performer

Boomerang 1992 (Movie)

("Love Shoulda Brought You Home" "Give U My Heart") (Song Performer)
Producer (1)

Tamar & Vince 1993 - 1994, 2013 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Executive Producer

Biography

A successful, remarkably talented Grammy-winning R&B singer, Toni Braxton made the most of a four-year break between her second and third albums by taking on the role of Belle in the Broadway production of Disney's "Beauty and the Beast", beginning her acting career. Sultry, shapely and strikingly attractive, this African-American daughter of a minister was a diminutive (5'2") woman with a great big voice. While a single released by The Braxtons (Toni and three of her four younger sisters) didn't go very far on the R&B charts in 1989, her performance caught the attention of legendary songwriters and producers Antonio 'L.A.' Reid and Kenneth 'Babyface' Edmonds, who signed the young vocalist to their LaFace Records, a subsidiary of Arista. Replacing Anita Baker, who was unable to fulfill her commitment, Braxton lent her talents to the "Boomerang" (1992) soundtrack, scoring a hit with the single "Love Shoulda Brought You Home". She followed up with a self-titled debut album chock full of lovelorn hits, including the sweetly sincere "You Mean the World to Me", the delightfully dramatic "Breathe Again" and the somewhat ironic "Just Another Sad Love Song". While Braxton was certainly no stranger to such formulaic sad love songs, her appearance on the scene was a breath of fresh air, using her husky and powerful voice to celebrate rather than overshadow her material.

Relationships

Denim Cole Braxton Lewis

Son
Born December 2, 2001 father, Keri Lewis

Diezel Ky Braxton Lewis

Son
Born March 31, 2003 father, Keri Lewis was diagnosed with autism in 2006

Michael Braxton

Father
Divorced from Braxton's mother in 2000 after 33 years of marriage

Evelyn Braxton

Mother
Divorced from Braxton's father in 2000 after 33 years of marriage

Tamar Braxton

Sister
Braxton's youngest sister member of The Braxtons, an R&B vocal group launched solo career in 1999

Towanda Braxton

Sister
Braxton's younger sister member of The Braxtons, an R&B vocal group

Traci Braxton

Sister
Braxton's younger sister member of The Braxtons, an R&B vocal group

Trina Braxton

Sister
Braxton's younger sister member of The Braxtons, an R&B vocal group

Keri Lewis

Husband
Member of the R&B group Mint Condition co-wrote the title track to her third album "The Heat" married on April 21, 2001 announced split in November 2009 after eight years of marriage

Curtis Martin

Companion
Former running back for the New England Patriots and the New York Jets dated from 1997-1998

Shemar Moore Actor

Companion

EDUCATION

Glen Burnie High School

Glen Burnie , Maryland

Bowie State University

Bowie , Maryland

Milestones

2008

Signed to Atlantic Records

2008

Appeared as a contestant on the seventh season of ABC's "Dancing with the Stars"

2007

Ended her contract with Blackground Records

2006

Recorded a song with Il Divo titled, "The Time of Our Lives," which was used as the official FIFA World Cup anthem

2006

Performed a year long run of "Toni Braxton: Revealed" at the Flamingo Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas

2005

Released her fifth album, "Libra"

2003

Left Arista and signed with Blackground Records

2002

Released fourth studio album, "More Than a Woman"

2001

Made feature acting debut as Jada Pinkett Smith's glamorous rival in the comedy, "Kingdom Come"

2000

Released her third album, "The Heat"

1999

Reconciled with LaFace/Arista Records

1998

Filed for bankrupcy (February)

1998

Made Broadway debut playing the role of Belle in Disney's musical, "Beauty and the Beast"

1997

Embroiled in a contract dispute with LaFace and Arista Records

1996

Released sophomore album, "Secrets," with the hit singles "Un-break My Heart" and "You're Making Me High"

1994

Played herself in a concert themed episode of "Roc" (FOX)

1993

Released self-titled debut album, featuring the hit singles "Breathe Again" and "You Mean the World to Me"; sold more than 11 million copies

1992

Contributed three tracks to the soundtrack of Eddie Murphy's "Boomerang," including "Give U My Heart," a duet with Babyface

1991

Signed solo contract with LaFace records

1989

The Braxtons signed to Arista Records; their first single, "Good Life" was released in 1990

Began acting lessons, working with former "Roc" star Ella Joyce

Began performing with her sisters as The Braxtons in the late 1980s

First performed in her church choir

Bonus Trivia

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"Toni's got a lot of emotional depth and she's a quick learner. She may never have been in theater before, but she has a natural instinct, which allows her to discover more emotion in a scene than you would expect in rehearsals." - "Beauty and the Beast" associate director Keith Batten on Braxton to Newsday, Sept. 8, 1998

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"Artists shouldn't limit themselves to one image. You should try lots of things." - Braxton to USA Today, Sept. 10, 1998

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While appearing on "Dancing with the Stars" in 2008, Braxton stated that she has been diagnosed with microvascular angina (small vessel disease).

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Braxton's birth year has been reported as 1968, 1967 and 1966 by various sources.

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