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Tamar Braxton


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Tamar Braxton (pronounced Tay-mahr) (born March 17, 1977) is an American R&B singer. She is the youngest sister of Grammy Award-winning R&B singer Toni Braxton and was a singer of the now-defunct R&B group, The Braxtons.

Braxton was born in Severn, Maryland to Michael and Evelyn Braxton. The youngest of the Braxton’s six children, Tamar started singing as a toddler. Evelyn, herself an opera singer, recognized her children’s talents when one day, Tamar, sang “Can you please get me some toilet paper!” Evelyn quickly started training her girls, and eventually enrolled them in singing lessons. The Braxton children also would eventually enter in their church choir, where Michael Braxton was pastor.

Brought up in a strict Christian household, secular music was initially frowned upon, causing the children to sneak and sing along to Soul Train when the parents were out of the house. They would soon start harmonizing, forming a girl group. Tamar says of this period “I was always the highest note.” Her voice was in sharp contrast to her older sister’s husky contralto. One day, A Toni was pumping gas at a local gas station while singing along, when she caught the attention of a producer. He heard her sing and was amazed, and decided to pull the five sisters into a group; he envisioned a female version of the Jackson 5. They released a single on Atlantic Records in 1990 as “The Braxtons,” and caught the attention of producers Antonio “L.


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