R&B singer/songwriter Tamar Braxton recently visited The Recording Academy's headquarters in Santa Monica, Calif., to participate in an exclusive GRAMMY.com interview. Braxton opened up about her marriage to Streamline Records founder Vincent Herbert, her upcoming tour with GRAMMY winner John Legend and her new album, Love And War, among other topics.
"Nobody gave me an opportunity, so for one person to go to Best Buy or to go onto iTunes to [buy] my album is success for me," said Tamar. "I just cannot believe that I got this opportunity and people get it [and] people love it. I am dumbfounded, really, because I cannot believe that this is happening to me."
A Maryland native, Braxton's musical journey began at age 12 singing backup vocals for her older sister, GRAMMY-winning singer Toni Braxton. In 1989 she co-founded the R&B quintet the Braxtons, which included sisters Toni, Traci, Towanda, and Trina. In 2000 she pursued a solo career, releasing her debut album, Tamar.
Fifteen years after the Braxtons' released their only album, 1996's So Many Ways, the sisters reunited in 2011 on the hit TV reality series, "Braxton Family Values." A year later Braxton debuted the spinoff series "Tamar & Vince" with her husband Herbert, a record executive credited with discovering Lady Gaga.
Braxton's sophomore effort, Love And War, was released on Sept. 3. Executive produced by Herbert and GRAMMY-winning producer Antonio "L.A." Reid (Mariah Carey, Whitney Houston), Love And War reached No. 2 on the Billboard 200. The album features 14 tracks, including "The One," "Hot Sugar" and the title track, which reached No. 1 on the iTunes chart.
Braxton will kick off a six-week North American tour opening for Legend on Oct. 22 in Boston.