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Toni Braxton

Born on 10/7/68 in Severn, Maryland. Female R&B singer. Won the 1993 Best New Artist Grammy Award.

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You don't have to like her to enjoy her music

  • Dec 4, 2010
Sometimes I feel like I'm way behind time. I hardly ever watched Music Videos these days. I'm probably past my prime where pop music is concerned and I no longer know who's on the chart... time has certainly made its imprints on my life or you could say I've moved on to the finer things of life. No, I'm not saying music is not the finer things of life. I'm just saying I've progressed (for better or worse) to other priorities in life.

Yet, at times when we reached the age where we look back and we find that we haven't left some stages in life. That we still long for the good things in life and that despite it all, there are still things that are worth our time and attention and sharing it with whoever who cares to look and find.

Toni Braxton is such a case. I don't know much about her nor do I even liked her that much. But, I did like a few of her songs enough to want to write a review about these productions. I didn't even know what she looked like when I first come across her song, Un-break My Heart. That was some 14 years ago. Yet, it seems just yesterday... I listen to the very same song again by looking up YouTube and I still like it as much as I did then. How is that possible, right? I'm as puzzled, as I've said before in my other review on Music, there are just some melodies which sticks to me, for ages, forever... it's like once you've heard it, it will never leave your consciousness. Which brings me to the thought, that if one suffers amnesia, one may have forgotten one's own identity, but when it comes to music, I don't think one will have forgotten that one has heard it before. Interesting, don't you think?

For those of you who love Toni Braxton, I've embed some of her music below and as much as I like them for myself, I hope you like them too. Enjoy.......

Spanish Guitar is Toni Braxton's 3rd Single released in 2000 & produced by the legendary David Foster. As with Un-break My Heart, I didn't see the MTV music video until today. How can that be possible?! Beats me!!! Anyway, now I know how sexy her videos are. It also amazes me how far a singer will go when it comes to the making of a music video. By that, I mean how much they will bare themselves. Oh, i know it's nothing new in this age and generation. Still, it is something refreshing for me. In this case though, it's done in good taste. In other cases, I'm not so sure!

Spanish Guitar is a truly sensuous song. In every sense of the word. Spanish Guitar is very latino, very much the style of Enrique Iglesias and a very romantic song. It brings to mind some of the time I've spent in Spain and Portugal. Truly wonderful and lovely. 

In 2006, Toni Braxton managed to score another hit with Il Divo in The Time of Our Lives which was performed in the 2006 FiFA World Cup in Berlin. Really? Oh wow, I didn't know that! I was there in Berlin during that World Cup and yet I missed them! That's unforgivable!!! How on earth did I missed that?!?!?! Oh well, if you are like me, here's the said video. Enjoy........

P.S. I must qualify that the rating of +4 is mainly given due to the few songs of hers which I do love very much. Other than that, there are also a great deal of her compilations which I don't care for.  This particular rating is not given on the totality but of the few singles which I thought enough to render it a +4.
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December 06, 2010
I don't really know much about her, but I love her music! :)
December 04, 2010
Loved your review. Very thoughtful and nicely put together.  You are right.  "Unbreak My Heart" is a terrific tune!
December 04, 2010
Thanks, Paul! Great that you enjoyed reading it :-)
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Toni Braxton was one of the most popular and commercially successful female R&B singers of the '90s, thanks to her ability to straddle seemingly opposite worlds. Braxton was soulful enough for R&B audiences, but smooth enough for adult contemporary; sophisticated enough for adults, but sultry enough for younger listeners; strong enough in the face of heartbreak to appeal to women, but ravishing enough to nab the fellas. Wielding such broad appeal, Braxton managed to score not one, but two albums that sold over eight million copies; naturally, they were accompanied by a long string of hit singles on the pop and R&B charts, one of which -- "Un-break My Heart" -- ranks among the longest-running number one pop hits of the rock era.

Braxton was born in Severn, MD, on October 7, 1968. The daughter of a minister, she was raised mostly in the strict Apostolic faith, which prohibited not only all popular culture, but also pants in women's wardrobes. Encouraged by their mother, an operatically trained vocalist, Braxton and her four sisters began singing in church as girls; although gospel was the only music permitted in the household, the girls often watched Soul Train when their parents went shopping. Braxton's parents later converted to a different faith, and eased their restrictions on secular music somewhat, allowing Braxton more leeway to develop her vocal style; because of her husky voice, she often used male singers like Luther Vandross, Stevie...
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Filmography: Kingdom Come (movie)
Country: R & B
Birth Date: 1967
Birth Place: Severn, MD

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