TONI BRAX­TON

Toni Brax­ton has never shied away from ex­per­i­ment­ing with her roles. The singer, who shot to fame, opted to be an ac­tor, then turned pro­ducer with her film ‘Ev­ery Day Is Christ­mas,’ has been mak­ing waves.

The Gulf Today - Time Out - - CONTENTS | FOCUS - Gary Ger­ald Hamil­ton talks about the star who has al­ways sur­prised au­di­ences with her ver­sa­til­ity

Toni Brax­ton has been nom­i­nated for Gram­mys again for her lat­est al­bum, but these days the singer is also fo­cus­ing on act­ing — and lex­ing her pro­duc­ing mus­cles. “I ind that I re­ally love ev­ery­thing about ilm and ilm-mak­ing,” the mul­ti­plat­inum-singer said in a re­cent in­ter­view. “I just re­ally love movies, whether TV or any­thing that’s deal­ing with ilm.” Brax­ton, a sev­en­time Grammy win­ner nom­i­nated for two more Gram­mys ear­lier this month for her lat­est al­bum “Sex & Cig­a­rettes,” is cur­rently star­ring in “Ev­ery Day Is Christ­mas” on Life­time. In­spired by the Charles Dick­ens clas­sic, “A Christ­mas Carol,” the movie cen­tres around Alexis Tay­lor, played by Brax­ton, as she gets the hol­i­day visit of a life­time. (“Ev­ery Day is Christ­mas” is re-air­ing on Life­time on Satur­day and on Christ­mas Day.) A self-pro­claimed worka­holic who “hum­bugs” love, Alexis ends up em­brac­ing the spirit of Christ­mas when her past, present, and fu­ture col­lide, forc­ing her to risk the one thing money can’t buy: her heart. “I love Christ­mas movies,” she said. “Hol­i­day time makes me feel happy and fes­tive and ex­cited. I got a three-pic­ture deal at Life­time and I thought a Christ­mas movie would be the per­fect way to come out and in­tro­duce it.” But not only is she work­ing hard in front of the cam­era, she’s putting in sweat eq­uity be­hind it. Brax­ton serves as an ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer on the movie. She said she got “a lit­tle taste” of ex­ec­u­tive pro­duc­ing over the years “but now that I’ve bit­ten the ap­ple, I want the whole thing.” Brax­ton’s first film role was in 2001’s “King­dom Come.” Since then, she’s starred in sev­eral TV movies, in­clud­ing her own biopic, 2016’s “Toni Brax­ton: Un-Break My Heart” and “Faith Un­der Fire” which premiered ear­lier this year. But long­time fans shouldn’t be wor­ried that Toni is swap­ping her mu­sic for movies. Why? “Be­cause love it so much,” Brax­ton ex­claimed. “It’s my favourite per­form­ing.” thing to do her­self Toni Brax­ton a tad­pole calls try­ing to be a frog. How­ever, mil­lions of fans would not agree. The hit song “Un-Break My Heart” alone made the singer the global star and brought top po­si­tions in mu­sic hit pa­rades and the Grammy Awards. Ac­cord­ing to Bill­board Hot 100, this com­po­si­tion is the most suc­cess­ful sin­gle in the his­tory of the chart. Toni sang from a young age. She quit her col­lege to pur­sue her singing ca­reer pro­fes­sion­ally. Wil­liam E. Pet­t­away, Jr. dis­cov­ered her af­ter he found her singing in a fuel sta­tion. This changed her life. Al­though her first sin­gle with her sis­ters were not suc­cess­ful, she moved on pos­i­tively. She kept on work­ing hard. Con­se­quently, her de­but stu­dio self-ti­tled al­bum made a huge break­through in her ca­reer. The al­bum sold more than 10 mil­lion copies world­wide. Sim­i­larly, she went on to re­lease other al­bums like, “Se­crets,” The Heat,” “Snowl­akes,” and “Li­bra” in later years.

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