Toni Michelle Braxton is an American singer-songwriter, actress, and television personality. She was born on October 7, 1967, in Severn, Maryland, and is the eldest of six siblings. Since she and her siblings were raised in a religious household, her first singing experience was in a church choir.
Although she went to Bowie State University to obtain a teaching degree, she decided to pursue singing as a career after she was discovered by William E. Pettaway Jr., who reportedly heard her sing at a gas station. Want to know more about Toni Braxton and her net worth? Read on
How Did Toni Braxton Earn Her Money?
In the late 1980s, Braxton and her four sisters began performing together as The Braxtons and were signed to Arista Records in 1989. Even though their first single, Good Life didn’t do well commercially, it got the attention of Antonio “L.A.” Reid and Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds. They recruited Toni to record a demo for a song to be included in the movie ‘Boomerang,’ and later on included her recording and a duet between Toni and Babyface in the soundtrack for the movie. The even signed her to their record label LaFace and began recording for her debut album.
In 1993, Toni Braxton released her self-titled debut album that peaked at number one on the U.S. Billboard 200 albums chart. It also won her three Grammy Awards and two American Music Awards. Following this, she released her second and her most successful album titled Secrets. The second single from this album was Un-break My Heart, which was Toni’s biggest hit, spending 11 consecutive weeks on the Hot 100 chart and the Hot Dance Singles Sales chart. The song even charted at number 2 in the U.K.
By 1996, Braxton had sold more than 20 million records but was still waiting on her financial rewards. So, she filed a lawsuit against her label and pursued other ventures. During this time, she made her Broadway debut as Belle in Beauty and the Beast on September 9, 1998, becoming the first and only black woman to be cast in the lead role of Belle. Apart from this, Toni Braxton has done two more Broadway shoes, namely Aida and After Midnight.
After the lawsuit ended in 1999, she signed a new $20 million contract and released her first studio album in four years called The Heat. Her subsequent albums were released amid health issues and low publicity due to which they were a commercial disappointment. But in 2014, Toni and Babyface released a duet album named Love, Marriage & Divorce that earned them a Grammy Award following which she released her ninth and latest studio album, Sex & Cigarettes, in 2018.
Apart from her career in music, Toni Braxton is also a TV personality, producer, and actress. She is the executive producer and star in ‘Braxton Family Values,’ a reality television series about that Braxton family that has been airing on We TV since 2011. Braxton is also an executive producer of Tamar & Vince, a spin-off reality series starring her younger sister, Tamar. She has also appeared in the seventh season of ‘Dancing With The Stars.’ Along with this, Toni Braxton can be seen in movies like ‘The Oogieloves in the Big Balloon Adventure’ (2012), ‘Kingdom Come’ (2001), ‘Twist of Faith'(2013), and ‘Everyday Is Christmas’ (2018).
Toni Braxton Net Worth 2020
Despite her ups and downs, she is one of the highest-selling R&B artists of all time. With a music career spanning almost 30 years and consisting of her selling over 67 million records worldwide, Toni Braxton’s net worth is estimated to be between $10 million to $16 million.
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