The Maryland native burst onto the scene with her duet with Babyface on the “Boomerang” soundtrack in 1992. Her self-titled debut album produced hits like “Breathe Again” and “Another Sad Love Song.”
The “Breathe Again” singer met up with legendary actress/singer and “Boomerang” star, Eartha Kitt, in 1997.
In 2000, Toni won a Grammy for Best Female R&B Vocal for her single “He Wasn’t Man Enough.”
Braxton and Mint Condition band member Keri Lewis tied the knot in 2001 and separated in 2010. They have two children together, Denham and Diesel.
Family means the world to Toni. The performer takes a photo with her husband and the eldest of her two sons, Denim, at the 2003 New York premiere of “Brother Bear.”
In 2006, Braxton announced her Las Vegas show, “Toni Braxton: Revealed,” which became one of the most successful shows by an African-American performer.
Toni is woman enough for us. After a brief hiatus to raise her children, Braxton started touring again. The R&B star performed at the 2006 ESSENCE Music Festival in Houston, Texas.
By 2008, Braxton was back in the swing of things, appearing on “Dancing with the Stars” and working on a new album.
Braxton’s song “Yesterday” featuring Trey Songz proved the Toni we loved back in the day was really back. She even returned to her signature cropped haircut.
Despite recent financial problems, Braxton has maintained a level head and calm about her. ESSENCE.com wishes this fierce sister, mom and trendsetter a happy 43rd birthday.