Dy­namic vo­cal­ist brings re-de­fines clas­sic style

South Waikato News - - ENTERTAINMENT -

From the ma­te­rial and vo­cal de­liv­ery to the pro­duc­tion style, Toni Brax­ton’s self-ti­tled de­but al­bum ush­ered in the term, clas­sic sexy.

The al­bum, which was es­sen­tially pro­duced by LA Reid, Baby­face and Daryl Simmons, peaked at num­ber one on the Bill­board 200 al­bums chart.

It was re­leased in 1993 on LaFace Records.

The al­bum was so good it won sev­eral awards in­clud­ing three Grammy Awards for Best New Artist and two con­sec­u­tive awards for Best Fe­male R&B Vo­cal Per­for­mance in 1994 and 1995.

It also helped Brax­ton to win two Amer­i­can Mu­sic Awards for Fa­vorite Soul/R&B New Artist and Fa­vorite New Adult Con­tem­po­rary Artist in 1994 and an­other one in 1995 for Fa­vorite Soul/R&B Al­bum.

Brax­ton achieved plat­inum eight times the United States and sales of more than 10 mil­lion world­wide.

There’s no mis­tak­ing Brax­ton’s rich con­tralto.

Like many of her con­tem­po­raries, her ca­reer was built from the sound she pro­duced. A sound stacked be­tween each song.

The al­bum spawned a trio of songs: An­other Sad Love Song, Breathe Again and Seven Whole Days.

Each song charted pas­sion­ately on the Hot 100 and R&B sin­gles charts.

More sin­gles from Brax­ton were re­leased in 1994 in­clud­ing You Mean the World to Me, I Be­long to You and How Many Ways.

CLAS­SIC SEXY: Toni Brax­ton’s self-ti­tled de­but al­bum was la­belled clas­sic sexy.

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