Thursday, May 29, 2008

Breaking News: Toni Braxton

LAS VEGAS - A Las Vegas hotel has announced that the rest of Toni Braxton's scheduled shows have been cancelled so the singer can focus on her health.

The show, "Toni Braxton: Revealed," at the Flamingo Las Vegas had been dark since the 40-year-old entertainer was hospitalized April 7 with what hotel officials said at the time was a complaint of chest pain. The show had been scheduled to resume June 6.

Harrah's Entertainment spokeswoman Deanna Petit says she could not comment on the singer's current medical condition. Braxton has been treated in the past for pericarditis, a viral inflammation of the heart.

Braxton is a six-time Grammy winner for songs including "Un-break My Heart." Her two-year run at the Flamingo Las Vegas hotel is scheduled to end in August.

Source: Associated Press 

From Rags to Riches

I was searching for some Toni info and stumbled upon this from Marvin Ennis (an artist from Maryland) 

Yes that is indeed a teenage Toni Braxton in the picture above. Toni went from being a teenager singing Anita Baker songs (which the crowd wasn't feeling from her) to a powerhouse multi-platinum selling superstar. 6 Grammy's & 45 million records later. Here's her rags to riches story. 

Courtesy of: Marvin Ennis 

Can you imagine that when we (E.U.) were out in Hollywood getting ready to appear on The Arsenio Hall and Toni Braxton called to say that it was nice to finally see someone from Annapolis "make it." Little did she know that her turn was next. Our own manager Lionel Job passed on Toni Braxton when her original producers Keith Rowel and Al Green, Jr. presented her to him... and he also said she'd never be signed to a major because her voice was too low... Wow!

Toni Braxton Wrote:

To Marvin,

Thanks for all your help and advice. See you at the Grammys...

This is an example of precisely why you cannot give up on your dreams. Prior to her big break with BabyFace Toni was performing in talent shows in and around the Maryland area. Many times the crowds did not accept her covers of Anita Baker songs... She also used to have a phobia about how low her vocal range was... In fact, she once told me she'd never get a record deal because her voice was too low. My last memory of her in person was when she sped away from my house one Sunday afternoon when she didn't get her way... I just remember seeing those old personalized tags that said "TOO CUTE." That was true indeed! She was too cute although the photo above might beg to differ back then... Just joking Toni... lol

Friday, May 16, 2008

Toni Braxton Records With Producer RedOne

Toni Braxton, who is in her final months of her show Toni Braxton Revealed (scheduled to reopen June 6th- August 23rd) is working on a new album to be tentatively released later this year. Maroccan and Swedish producer RedOne (Shakira, Christina Aguilera, Christina Milian, 3LW, Michael Jackson) has been pinned to produce material for the project. According to RedOne is said to be "working on an album with Toni Braxton." 

Saturday, May 3, 2008

Tiny's Baby Shower

R&B singer Tiny (Tameka Cottle, pictured above in the red top) from the group Xscape celebrated her baby shower hosted by Xscape member Kandi (below in white) and Monica (above in blue/purple top) in Atlanta. The baby is due in June. This will be her second child with rapper T.I.

Guests of the baby shower included my girls, Tamar Braxton (blue and red ribbon skirt above), and Monica. As well as ex Destiny's Child member LaTavia (off white top). 

Thanks! More pics here.