The other night, I was watching The Soul Train Music Awards and was captivated by Toni Braxton’s performance with Trey Songz. Being from Atlanta, I have always been a huge Toni fan.
Once, I even contemplated (for 5 minutes) her short cropped “do” she sported in, “Love Shoulda Brought You Home”. Phew….glad that was one idea I put on the backburner. She made that haircut work. I would have just looked like a boy.
She’s had a successful singing career selling over 40 million records worldwide and 6 Grammy’s under her belt. After recording 5 albums, Toni replaced Wayne Newton as the headlining act at the Flamingo Hotel in Las Vegas. Toni has also dabbled in acting being the first African American woman to play a Disney character leading role as Belle on Broadway in Beauty and the Beast.
It wasn’t an easy road for Toni though. Early in her career she filed Chapter 7 bankruptcy. She’s also had a couple medical scares with a benign tumor removed from her breast and a microvascular angina. She is currently going through a divorce with her husband of 8 years.
I admire her strength and resilience. I’m so glad she is back on the music scene. I look forward to her new album, “Pulse”, which will be released in early 2010.
Keep bringing “The Heat” Toni! 🙂 You’re beautiful, amazing, and such an inspiration.