Toni Michelle Braxton born in Severn, MD on October 7, 1967 is a singer-songwriter and actress. She was brought up in a strict religious household singing in the choir at her father's church. She attended Bowie State University to obtain a teaching degree but decided to pursue singing professionally after she was discovered by William E. Pettaway Jr, who heard her singing to herself while pumping gas. In 1992, she was chosen to sing the song "Love Shoulda Brought You Home" on the Boomerang movie soundtrack and her solo career started from there. In 1993, her self-titled debut album was released. The album brought her three Grammys, two American Music Awards and is 8 times certified Platinum with sales of over 15 million worldwide.
Hard times hit in 1998 when she filed for bankruptcy for a $3.9 million debt. All of her personal household possessions were tagged and marked for sale to pay off her creditors, including her prestigious awards. In the middle of these proceedings, she was able to pursue an acting career and was chosen to play "Belle" in the Broadway version of Disney's Beauty and The Beast. Toni was the first African American woman to play a Disney character leading role on Broadway. In 2006, she replaced Wayne Newton as the headlining act at the Flamingo Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. The show became the first headlining show from an African American performer in Las Vegas to enter the top ten Vegas shows charting. After being hospitalized for chest pains in April 2008, the show was shut down in order for her to focus on her health. She was later diagnosed with microvascular angina. Toni has released a total of five albums and is currently working on a sixth, Pulse. When she is not singing or taking care of home, you can also find her being a spokeswoman for Autism Speaks, one of her sons is autistic, and the American Heart Association.
Toni Braxton, you are the HBCU Fellas' "Beauty of The Month" for June 2009.
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