Fast Facts

  • Raised in a strict Apostolic household that forbade secular music and pants in women's wardrobes.
  • Was discovered while singing to herself at a gas station.
  • Formed The Braxtons, a group act with her sisters Traci, Trina, Tamar and Towanda, in 1989.
  • Signed a solo deal with LaFace records in 1991.
  • The single "Un-Break My Heart" spent 11 weeks at the top of the pop charts.
  • Filed for bankruptcy in 1998.
  • In 1998, became the first black actress to play the lead role of Belle in the Broadway production of Beauty and the Beast.
  • Is a spokeswoman for Autism Speaks and the American Heart Association.


  • 1996, Grammy — Best Female R&B Vocal Performance: Winner
  • 2000, Grammy — Best Female R&B Vocal Performance: Winner
  • 1996, Grammy — Best Female Pop Vocal Performance: Winner
  • 2014, Grammy — Best R&B Album: Winner
  • 1993, Grammy — Best New Artist: Winner
  • 1993, Grammy — Best R&B Vocal Performance, Female: Winner
  • 1994, Grammy — Best Female R&B Vocal Performance: Winner


  • Trina Braxton — Sister
  • Keri Lewis — Ex-husband
  • Denim Cole Braxton Lewis — Son
  • Deizel Ky Braxton Lewis — Son
  • Michael Braxton — Father
  • Evelyn Braxton — Mother
  • Traci Braxton — Sister
  • Tamar Braxton — Sister
  • Towanda Braxton — Sister


  • Attended Bowie State University, Bowie, Maryland, United States


  • Birth Place: Severn, Maryland, United States
  • Birthday: October 7, 1967, Libra
  • Profession: Singer, Actor

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