Thursday, November 15, 2012
Classic Music: Toni Braxton
Toni Braxton's debut cd is a classic. It is soulful, beautiful R&B music. She was dubbed the "new Anita Baker." She has the same throaty, deep voice. I was a fan from the very beginning. I love Toni. She is a fave of mine. I always buy her music. Her debut cd has sold 10 million copies since its release. That's major numbers in an industry that's struggling. She was something new. A welcomed songbird in the industry. I loved her haircut, her style and her voice. Toni was just awesome. The fact that the material matched the packaging was a huge plus. The girl could sannnnggg. And, that's all I needed to know about her. I was all in.
Every single was gold. The cd contain 12 tracks. Of those 12, 6 of them were singles. Her first single was "Love Shoulda Brought You Home" and it was included on the "Boomerang" soundtrack. It is still one of my favorite tracks by Braxton. She followed with "Seven Whole Days," "How Many Ways," "Breathe Again," "Another Sad Love song," and "I Belong To You." I loved every one of them. I remember being in the 9th grade on a field trip. My friends and I played her tape all day. It stayed in constant rotation with us. I literally never got tired of it. Her voice is so unique and I love unique voices in music. She never lets me down with her material. So, it was easy for me to pick this project as a classic. It has been for me since 1993. Take a trip down memory lane. Enjoy it.