Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Toni Braxton Sets Up For Brazil

The dates for Toni Braxton's appearance in Brazil have all been set. Earlier it was announced that Toni Braxton would be doing a series of 5 concerts in Brazil, including shows in: Rio, Curitiba, Porto Alegre, Recife, and Sao Paulo.

For more information go here.

And don't count on the singer NOT touring in the United States. As of now Braxton is scheduled to entertain fans in Biloxi, Mississippi at the Beau Rivage Theatre. Click here for tickets.

Update: The Brazil shows have been postponed to November because of the Influenza A outbreak. Stay tuned for updates regarding Toni Braxton live in Brazil.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Toni Braxton Press Conference

Singer Toni Braxton sat down for a press conference the day after performing at the Reggae Sumfest to discuss details on her new album. The mother of two revealed that her single will be released next month, although the official release date was said to be September 1st. Braxton stated that with this album she tried to keep things young. Although her goal is to keep her music current and relevant, she added that there will still be a lot of "classic Toni" and of course those "baby making songs." The album is scheduled for a November release.

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Toni Braxton Heats Up Reggae Sumfest

Toni Braxton sizzled at this years Reggae Sumfest in Jamaica, which included performances by Neyo, Keri Hilson, Jazmine Sullivan, Nas, and The Jacksons. Reggae artist Beenie Man was 'Man Enough' to grind up on Braxton's big ego (yeah that's where Beyonce gets it from) as she put on a smoking hot show for the excited Montego Bay crowd.

Source: Mediatakeout

On the flip side Toni Braxton apologized via her twitter account @tonibraxton for her performance. She experienced some technical difficulties with the sound. At least she still looked hot. View more photos here.

Monday, July 20, 2009

Toni Braxton Leaves Airport

Toni Braxton, who is performing at this year's Reggae Sumfest alongside The Jacksons this weekend was spotted leaving LAX Airport. Toni's new album from Atlantic will be out in November with the first single scheduled to drop September 1st.

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Toni Braxton Talks Reggae Sumfest and New Album

To hear the voice of Toni Braxton singing, among others things, another sad love song, is to hear a voice that, with its mellow tone, is one of the most identifiable in the business. Often hitting diamond-selling notes, the American songstress has evolved from a fresh-faced R&B singer to a mother, wife, activist, actress, Las Vegas show-stopper, and is still on top of her game.

For Jamaican audiences who have grown up on her classic love songs, including Seven Whole Days, Un-Break My Heart, How Could An Angel Break My Heart, and a slew of others, they will get the chance to see the singer performing live in Jamaica for the first time on Saturday at Reggae Sumfest.

No stranger to 'Jamrock', Braxton and her family have often visited the island, staying with friends in Negril, and in a telephone interview with The Sunday Gleaner admitted to loving the island.

Warm and often cheerful, Braxton described herself as a humorous person who enjoys cooking, including experimenting with her favourite Jamaican dishes - jerk chicken and ackee.

"I'm really excited to be coming to Jamaica. I love the people, the culture, the food. I love ackee even though I haven't mastered that as yet. It doesn't work well for me so I'm gonna have to come there and have someone cook for me to enjoy it," she says.

Braxton says a typical day is taking care of her two sons, Denim Cole Braxton-Lewis and Diezel Ky Braxton-Lewis, and exercising to become a 'sexy mama', which she feels is important. Having a family and a career, she says, is all about finding the balance. "Some days it's challenging. I always try to balance it. I schedule and do a lot of work while the kids are at school. I'm fortunate 'cause my parents are really involved with the kids, especially my mom and my parents in law."

Unlike her other trips to Jamaica, this one isn't about family and fun but to perform as the major headline act to close International Night Two at Reggae Sumfest, and Braxton plans to entertain.

Debuted in 1993

"It's going to be great to entertain them and they're gonna entertain me and I can't wait to hear something different and hear the new music and maybe borrow some influences. People will definitely have a good time and enjoy themselves," she says.

Having released her self-titled debut album in 1993, there are few that can entertain like Braxton. The album's first single, Another Sad Love Song, peaked at number seven and number two on the Billboard Hot 100 and R&B Singles charts, respectively. Breathe Again peaked in the top five of both the Hot 100 and R&B Singles charts and number two in the UK with more singles doing well. That album earned Braxton three Grammys and two American Music Awards and was certified diamond with more than 15 million sales worldwide.

Success only continued with her most-acclaimed album, Secrets, which featured You're Making Me High and Un-Break My Heart, becoming Braxton's second straight diamond-selling album, with more than 20 million sales worldwide, cementing the singer as a star. Her third album, Heat, did as well as the first two albums but Braxton's last three albums, due to poor advertising and issues with her label, Arista Records, were not commercial successes.

Braxton, however, has kept busy throughout the years, acting and performing in Beauty and the Beast on Broadway. The occasion marked the first and only time a black woman commanded the leading role of Belle on Broadway. Last year, she entered Dancing With the Stars, and in 2006 she replaced Wayne Newton as the Flamingo Hotel and Casino's headlining act. The show, Toni Braxton: Revealed, became the first headlining show from an African-American performer in Las Vegas to enter the top-10 Vegas shows charting.

Having a child with autism and being the spokeswoman for Autism Speaks has slightly hindered her work as a singer in recent years, but she says she had to prioritise her life.

"I'm in a better stage in my life. Motherhood was very new to me when I was putting out my last album and I have my youngest son who has special needs, who has autism," she says. "He was diagnosed a few years ago and he's doing a lot better. He's talking, his therapy is working wonderfully. I'm very fortunate, so I paid a lot of attention to being a mom, so now that my kids are doing better I can focus on music again."

Two weeks ago, Braxton finished her seventh and yet-to-be-titled album and is now in the process of remixing and working on possible collaborations. She is also trying to decide which of the two chosen singles will be the first release for September 1 of this year. While seven of her songs were leaked to the public, she is still trying to get one of them, Hero, on the album.

'Traditional stuff'

"It's a lot of traditional stuff on the album, but I think people are going to be surprised 'cause I switched it a little bit, doing different things. I think I've reinvented (myself)," she said.

An admirer of singers Alicia Keys and Keri Hilson, Braxton says she hopes to work with Jamie Foxx for an upcoming project, as well as Sean Paul.

"I can't wait to get back to Jamaica and hear the other artistes and say 'oh, that's great, I want to work with this person or that person', especially a female," she states.

With all her achievements, it's one of her first victories in music that Braxton finds most memorable - winning her first Grammy.

Source: The Gleaner

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Toni Braxton Readies Comeback Single

R&B Starlet Toni Braxton, best known for her hits "Breathe Again," "You're Makin' Me High," "Unbreak My Heart," and "He Wasn't Man Enough" is gearing up to add more hits to her extensive catalog. Toni Braxton has been in the studio readying her Atlantic Records comeback album, scheduled for a November release. Songwriters penned for the album include Claude Kelly, Jesse McCartney, Stargate, The Underdogs, and more. Today it was announced by a close source that her official first single is scheduled to be released around September. In order to not prevent the track from leaking, Toni Braxton Net cannot give the exact date as of now, but as we get closer to the actual release date we will start a countdown for the return of R&B diva Toni Braxton. So stay tuned and get ready because it's coming....

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Toni Braxton To Headline In Brazil

Grammy award singer Toni Braxton is hard at work gearing up for her Atlantic Records return, scheduled to drop in November. The songstress is currently preparing for a summer promotional tour in support of her upcoming project. So far, shows have been set up in Biloxi, Mississippi and Montego Bay, Jamaica for Reggae Sumfest 2009 (Neyo, Keri Hilson, Nas, & Jazmine Sullivan.)

Recently it was announced that the singer will do a series of 5 concerts in Brazil including stops in: Rio, Curitiba, Porto Alegre, Recife, and Sao Paulo. Braxton said she is very anxious to return to Brazil. The former Vegas headliner hasn't performed in Brazil since her 2000 album, "The Heat."