Toni Braxton Retires From the Music Industry

by Myeisha Essex

Toni BraxtonIt looks like Ms. Toni Braxton is calling it quits. The eight-time Grammy winner recently announced she is retiring from the music industry and focusing her attention on acting.

“For what I do I have to love it. I have to feel that excitement and it’s gone,” Braxton revealed. “I’m just not going to do any albums anymore; maybe touring occasionally here and there because I love performing, but not as much as I did in the past. But no new projects.”

After a 20-year career and seven albums, the 45-year-old has definitely made her mark in the music world, but she confessed her heart just isn’t in music anymore. “It’s not affecting me, making me feel that thing I’ve always felt when I perform. It’s leaving me,” she said in an interview on Good Morning America. “I’m not sure what’s going on in my life. Maybe a female mid-life crisis? My heart isn’t in it anymore. I hate to say that.”

Braxton still plans on keeping. She’s a mother of two, a star on Braxton Family Values and a blooming actress. She recently starred for the first time in a leading role on Lifetime’s Twist of Faith, where her 9-year-old son Diesel made his acting debut.

In an interview with The Grio, Braxton went on to say she plans to focus her new chapter on acting. And, too much surprise, her dream role to play a lesbian on the big screen. “I would like to play a lesbian,” she confessed. “I don’t know why. And do a whole make-out scene and the whole thing; just something completely different from people would expect from me. Not a lipstick lesbian, either.”

Although we look forward to seeing more Toni on the big screen, her music will definitely be missed. What is your favorite Toni Braxton song or album?

  • AM

    Her Pulse album is my favorite, hands down. Hands Tied being my favorite Toni Braxton song, ever.

    Wish her the best in her new pursuits.

  • GirlSixx

    I am HUGE Toni Braxton Fan. But that’s nice of her to retire from the music biz so that her babysis Tamar can Shine a little cuz babygirl got some VOCAL CHORDS TOO!!! *smile* I will be purchasing her album as well.

  • k

    shell be back sooner or later

  • Chelley5483

    Yes to “Hands Tied”, that song was so serious.

  • Chelley5483

    This kind of breaks my heart. I’ve grown up listening to her via my parents. Then I was more than happy to buy her albums when “More Than a Woman” came out. She’s been extremely consistent over these 20 years and I was excited to hearing more. I hope she’s just going through a stage.

  • mikey kun

    good for her (I’m a little sad about it). My favorite song of toni braxton is ……………………um hard to choose I’m going to go with two, Another Sad Love Song and Breathe Again

  • Trisha

    My favorite song by Toni is I Love me some him. I am going to miss her…and I hope @k is calling this one right.

    And I think she looks fabulous at the age of 45. I was thinking she was in her late 30s. ..

  • binks

    Love me some Toni, her songs stay on rotation on my i-Pod from un-break my heart, love should have brought you home last night, how many ways, another sad love song, etc. I hope she do great in her future endeavors but honestly I don’t think she needs to retired her voice is still there as well as her fan base, her problem was she kept switching up her styles and losing people with to many new directions. Personally, I thought the writers and people behind Tamar’s song LOVE and WAR should have gave it to Toni because that would have been a great comeback song for her. Don’t shoot me, but I think Toni would have slayed that song, Tamar doesn’t sound bad but every time I listen to it I can’t help but think of Toni.

  • Rue

    Toni. Don’t. Please…..

  • Ask_ME

    I don’t for one second believe Toni’s retirement from music is by choice. She is retiring because her brand of music isn’t popular amongst youngins anymore. She was kinda pushed out along with Babyface, Black R&B Groups (Ex. Next, Dru Hill, En Vogue etc) and all other black artist with REAL talent.

    I think about this issue every time I watch Unsung. We have so many talented people, who were simply pushed out of the music game because they are either 1). Older or middle age 2). Not considered beautiful or handsome and 3). Not considered part of the latest trend or music scene. Toni Braxton, unfortunately, is now amongst this crowd.

    I did enjoy her lifetime movie. It was very good.

  • dirtychai

    I never got much into Toni Braxton’s music, but I love her songs Breathe Again, Please, and Make My Heart. It’s great to see her acting. She was wonderful in Kingdom Come. A lot of music stars struggle to find something else that they do well after the spotlights have faded.

  • Mademoiselle

    Agreed. I hope she at least puts out one last unplugged album though — for old time’s sake. The kids can have their new-aged music.

  • coco

    You are so right I could not put my finger on it. But, you said it. I love Toni and been a fan from day one. Her music and styles changed and was all over the place. One of her CD’s with the song “Hands tide” that cd was a pop music. That’s one example. She may have lost some fans. I think she should have kept is classic. She will be back one day.

  • coco

    Maybe she should think about her music genre to jazz, neosoul.

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