Toni Braxton rose to fame in the early 1990s and quickly established herself as one of the most notable talents in R&B and of her generation. Her debut album, released in 1993, sold over 10 million copies worldwide and earned three Grammy Awards, including Best New Artist. She was even hotter with the 1996 release of Secrets which sold over 15 million copies worldwide. The sophomore project spawned several number one hits including her signature song “Un-Break My Heart” which is also the second top-selling single of all time by a female artist and won her two more Grammy Awards.
Her third album The Heat was released in 2000 and sold over 4 million copies and produced another Grammy win for the artist. Toni slowed down while she experienced personal and label conflicts in between her next three album releases. And although she faced many obstacles, she still turned out music that spoke to the hearts of listeners and lived with many of her fans. MiddleChild Promotions has been in a Braxton mood lately and in casual fashion wanted to remind our visitors of some of her gems that may have been overlooked!
A Better Man (More Than a Woman -2002)
Toni’s 4th studio album More Than A Woman was released in November 2002 and peaked at number 13. It wasn’t received well commercially, the lead single “Hit the Freeway” failed at radio and the two singles that followed were scrapped. One of the scrapped singles, “A Better Man”, was a flawless vocal speaking on self worth and optimism that someone worthy of having her as a prize was definitely out there.
Always (More Than a Woman – 2002)
Toni’s sweet whisper flowed with perfection over this track. The background harmonies, the mood, the tone, the lyrical love letter… there is simply nothing that could be found wrong with this record. If there was ever a perfect post 2000 Toni Braxton track, this would be in the top three choices!
Trippin (That’s The Way Love Works) (Libra -2005)
This track was selected as the second single for Toni’s Libra album. Although a definite fan favorite, the song never got a video, it missed the Billboard Hot 100 and charted outside the top sixty of the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs. Toni sang about relationships and how there may not always be sunshine, but in the end that’s the way love works out.
Take This Ring (Libra – 2005)
One of Toni’s best uptempos and it never got the love it deserved. There was no proper physical release and no music video to accompany it. Blackground Records did little to promote the single and it completely missed the Billboard Hot 100. The Rich Harrison production was banging and Toni showed us that she could knock an uptempo out of the park without fail!
Sposed To Be (Libra 2005)
Toni tells a love story without reservation or complication on this record. With an effortless and seductive tone, she proves yet again that she is one of the best voices in music ever.
Hands Tied (Pulse 2010)
The official second single from Toni’s Pulse album! Toni seduces on wax and in the video as she proves that she can love her man effortlessly. Although the record reached number #29 on the U.S. Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, it should have definitely gotten more attention and love!
Hero (Pulse 2010)
A definite gem on the Pulse album where Toni sings about the only man who went through pure hell to not only save her from herself, but win her heart.
Pulse (Pulse 2010)
Toni ignores spectators and the world when it comes to a love she is losing and comes to the realization that she needs to give her love a little more attention to bring it back to life.
Where Did We Go Wrong (Love, Marriage & Divorce with Babyface -2014)
After initially speaking out on retirement, long time friend and collaborator Babyface saved Toni and music by working on a joint album that in turned earned another Grammy! Serving as the second single from the project, “Where Did We Go Wrong?” is a reflection of great team work and emotions. Definitely ones of the highlights from the project.
I Wish (Love, Marriage & Divorce with Babyface – 2014)
Although Love, Marriage & Divorce was a joint album, Toni slid in on the solo track ‘I Wish’ and left us longing for another solo album altogether. A sequel is set to arrive in 2017.
It’s not a secret that Toni is remarkable, but in an era where vocals seem to not be as appreciated as they were in the 90s, we felt we needed to highlight the living legend for those who may have just slept completely on her discography since 2000! What are some of your favorite Toni records?
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