On Saturday, February 8th at 10 p.m., Toni Braxton and Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds will rock HelloBeautiful’s InterludesLIVE special airing exclusively on TV One. The duo, who created masterpieces like “Love Should’ve Brought You Home” and “Breathe Again”, reunited for a stellar performance leading up to the release of their album “Love, Marriage & Divorce” that is sure to leave you feeling all nostalgic inside. In between sets, Toni and Babyface revealed intimate details about their divorce that sometimes served as the inspiration to their classics. Tune in to TV One this weekend to catch the juicy deets and more!
Like many celebs, Toni Braxton and Babyface’s divorces were both exposed to the public, but instead of just keeping their heartbreak in the headlines, they channeled their experiences into a new collaboration album, “Love, Marriage & Divorce.”
Six-time Grammy winner Toni Braxton, who married Mint Condition keyboardist Keri Lewis in 2001, finalized her divorce in July of this year, and had announced her retirement from recording earlier in February. But Babyface, who split with his second wife Tracey Edmonds in 2005 after 13 years of marriage, had an idea for the project that helped convince her to come back.
The album was born after Babyface wrote “Hurt You,” the first single on the new album which has already gone #1 on two charts. “He said ‘Toni what do you think of this idea I have?’ and he just started playing it and I loved it,” the singer said of hearing the track for the first time. “And the rest was why we’re here today.”
While lyrics from the album cover a wide range of emotions, “Hurt You” represents a grey area for Toni that falls somewhere in the middle of the marriage and divorce parts of the equation. “I think it’s the in-between,” she told HelloBeautiful of the track’s sentiments. “It’s the marriage when you’ve gone to the therapist and you realize that you have to take blame for your fault in the relationship so you go ‘I never meant to hurt you ‘ and he says it back. Responsibility.…that’s what they tell you in therapy.”
Babyface shocked fans when he opened up about Tracy Edmonds in a sit down interview with Oprah and said, “The reality is that there was a connection that wasn’t really there.” Adding, “We loved each other but we weren’t really in love with each other. It was more the idea of it falling apart and me holding onto the image of what I thought we were.” On “Hurt You,” the producer, writer and singer sings lyrics like, “I did you wrong so many times yes/So I know why you crossed the line/Oh but girl I never dreamed you’d cheat on me,” with conviction.
One thing’s for sure: the ride of these musician’s relationships has been a catalyst for compelling, bittersweet songs!
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Toni Braxton's Top 15 Songs
1. Toni Braxton's Best Songs
In the 90s Toni Braxton combined her one-of-a-kind voice with Babyface's innate songwriting abilities to create songs that will forever be regarded as classic. Toni and Babyface make magic whenever they're together, and their latest collaboration "LOVE, MARRIAGE & DIVORCE" is no short of epic. Toni and Babyface will perform at HelloBeautiful InterludesLIVE and we can't help but reminisce on Toni's best songs.
2. Toni Braxton & Babyface- "Hurt You"
15. Toni and Babyface reunited this year to collaborate on "Love, Marriage & Divorce" and their first single "Hurt You" is a testament to their undeniable chemistry. The highly anticipated disc is set to hit stores in February 2014. Needless to say, we can't wait!
3. Toni Braxton- "How Could An Angel Break My Heart"
14. The Babyface penned track"How Could An Angel Break My Heart" features Kenny G on the saxophone. At the time of this single's release, her album "Secrets" had reached eight-time platinum status by the RIAA.
4. Toni Braxton- "Spanish Guitar"
13. The masterminds behind Toni's "Unbreak My Heart," Diane Warren and David Foster had a hand in creating Toni's 2000 single "Spanish Guitar" off her third studio album "Heat."
5. Toni Braxton- "He Wasn't Man Enough For Me"
12. Toni took an upbeat approach to the new millenium with the release of "He Wasn't Man Enough For Me." The spicy hit thrust Toni back into the game. The song had international success.
6. Toni Braxton- "You Mean The World To Me''
11. "You Mean The World To Me" peaked at number seven on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and number three on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs giving Toni an array of hits from her debut project "Toni Braxton."
7. "Breath Again"
10. Released in November of 93, "Breath Again," became the most successful single released off of Toni's self-title debut album.
8. Toni Braxton- "How Many Ways"
9. Shemar Moore was Toni's muse for the visuals behind "How Many Ways" off her "Toni Braxton" disc. The song was written and produced by sister Tamar Braxton's hubby Vince Herbert. "1,2 I love you, 3,4 so much more, 5,6 I can't get enough of this, 7, let me show that my love can you take you to heaven, 8,9,10 let's start all over again," she sings.
9. Toni Braxton- "Another Sad Love Song"
8. "Another Sad Love Song" was the first official single from Toni Braxton's self-titled debut album, "Toni Braxton" and because of that it ranks high on our list.
10. Toni Braxton- "Seven Whole Days"
7. Toni Braxton's "Seven Whole Days" features her sisters Tamar, Towanda, Traci and Trina in the background of her video. The third single off her first disc "Toni Braxton" was ineligible to chart on the Billboard Hot 100, and only managed to chart on the Hot 100 Airplay at number forty-eight in early March 1994.
11. Toni Braxton- "Let It flow"
6. The "Waiting To Exhale" soundtrack wouldn't have been the same without Toni's inspiring and therapeutic song "Let It Flow." It's also featured on her 13 times platinum album "Secrets."
12. Toni Braxton- "I Love Me Some Him"
5. We knew the love was real when Toni said, "I Love Me Some Him." Outside of the vulnerable lyrics, it's a sweet song.
13. Toni Braxton- "You're Making Me High"
4. "You're Making Me High" gave Toni her first number one hit song in 1996. The "Secrets" track showed Toni in a sexier, more edgy light.
14. Toni Braxton- "Just Be A Man About It"
3. A female anthem that transcends generations, "Just Be A Man About It" starred Dr. Dre in the visuals as a more mature Toni braved the ins and outs of a one-sided relationship.
15. Toni Braxton- "Unbreak My Heart"
2. Toni's biggest selling single "Unbreak My Heart" solidified Toni's place in mainstream music. Tyson Beckford starred in the video, giving it that extra push to the top o the charts.
16. Toni Braxton- "Love Shoulda Brought You Home"
1. "Love Shoulda Brought You Home," was a direct line from the 1992 film "Boomerang," and became the iconic line for women everywhere. The single became a top forty hit on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and her second consecutive top five hit on the U.S. Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs