Traci Braxton, born on April 2, 1971, started her professional career as a member of The Braxtons, an American musical quintet whose other members included her four sisters, namely, Toni, Towanda, Trina, and Tamar. When the group disbanded, she continued her career as a solo artist, songwriter, actor, and reality T.V. star. It was her “The Traci Braxton Show” and “Marriage Boot Camp” that propelled her to popularity. Traci was also known for her role on the reality television show “Braxton Family Values.”
Traci Renee Braxton
April 2, 1972
Traci Braxton was born on April 2, 1971. She was an American television personality, singer, and actor. She was the daughter of Michael Conrad Braxton, Sr., a Methodist minister and power company worker, and Evelyn Jackson, a former opera singer, pastor, and cosmetologist. She, her four sisters, and an elder brother (Michael) grew up in a religious family in Severn, Maryland. She was a member of her church choir.
Braxton and her sisters formed The Braxtons and signed their first record deal with Arista Records in 1989. In 1990, they released their first single ‘Good Life.’ Traci’s pregnancy and Toni’s departure led to the group’s disbandment. In 2015, the sisters reunited as a musical group and released their second album. “Braxton Family Christmas” landed the top spot on the Heatseekers Albums on December 12. Tracks included a cover of ‘Last Christmas’ by Wham!, and original songs ‘Every Day is Christmas’ and ‘Blessed New Year’ (both written by Toni). Michael’s voice was also heard in the song ‘Under My Christmas Tree.’
Despite her older sister Toni being regarded as the most successful among the sisters, Traci also enjoyed success as a solo artist. She released hit singles like ‘Last Call,’ ‘Moonlight,’ ‘Broken Things,’ ‘Perfect Time,’ and ‘Lifeline.’ She also released two solo albums titled “Crash & Burn” and “On Earth.” But it was her success outside of music that made her the entertainment powerhouse that she was. She appeared in movies and in her self-titled show “The Traci Braxton Show” and “Marriage Boot Camp” (where she appeared with her husband Kevin Surratt). Traci was perhaps best known for her role on the reality television show “Braxton Family Values” with her siblings and their families. It premiered on WE T.V. in 2011 and ran until late 2020. She lost her battle with esophageal cancer in March 2022.
Toni, Traci, Towanda, Trina, and Tamar Braxton sign their first record deal with Arista Records.
Braxton reunites with her sisters on the reality T.V. series “Braxton Family Values” on WE T.V.
Braxton signs up with independent media conglomerate Entertainment One.
Her solo debut album “Crash & Burn” is released.
The Braxtons release their second album “Braxton Family Christmas.”
She makes her movie acting debut in the feature film “Sinners Wanted.”
Why We Love Traci Braxton
She was a true entertainer
Braxton was not only a singer. She was a movie, stage, and T.V. actress and radio personality. She was the ultimate entertainer.
She was purposeful
After her stint with The Braxtons, she chose a different path as she had other goals in mind. This led to her solo career as an entertainer and she was all the better for it.
Her family’s support
It’s heartwarming to know celebrity siblings do get along and support each other. When Braxton went solo, Trina, Towanda, and Toni provided background vocals on Traci’s single ‘Broken Things.’
5 Surprising Facts
Her luxurious house
Braxton bought a luxurious house on a 6,500-square-foot estate in California for $15 million.
Motherhood was her priority
When Braxton and her sisters were about to sign a new record deal in the 90s, she put her music career on the back burner and chose to focus on motherhood.
She lost weight
In 2014, the singer decided to focus on her health and lose weight; she lost around 64 pounds in two years.
She was also an actress
She appeared in two other movies: “All In” (2019) and “The Christmas Lottery” (2020).
A young grandmother
Braxton became a grandmother in 2018 when her son Kevin Jr.’s wife gave birth to a boy.
Traci Braxton FAQs
Who is the oldest among the Braxton sisters?
Toni is the oldest (54), followed by Traci (who was 50 at the time of her death), Towanda (48), Trina (47), and Tamar (44).
How many children did Traci Braxton have?
Braxton had three children during her marriage to Kevin Surratt.
Where did Traci Braxton die?
Braxton died in a hospice in Taneytown, Maryland.
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