Tamar Braxton shocked fans when she said she fell in love with music. The Grammy-nominated singer’s journey to solo stardom was chronicled during her time on Braxton Family Values and its subsequent spinoffs. Fans were therefore thrilled when she revealed that she would be embarking on a multi-city tour. The tour dates come just weeks after the death of his sister Traci.
She previously swore she was stepping down from making new music
Braxton announced his fifth solo studio album in 2017 blue bird of happiness would be his “best and last album” in a since-deleted Instagram post. Regarding her decision not to record music in the future, Braxton told Billboard Magazine that the issues in her marriage at the time were the main factor. She says:
My husband and I work very, very closely together and we have a lot of projects we’re working on and I’m mostly passionate about singing, writing and performing. And anything I can do to ease the stress of that on my marriage, so that’s what I’m here for.
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She filed for divorce ahead of their nine-year wedding anniversary in 2017. While recording “Crazy Kind of Love” for the True 2 the game soundtrack, she said she fell in love with her craft all over again.
“That song and this whole project really pushed me to record again and want to be an artist,” she told Billboard at the time. “And I never thought I wanted to have a record or even have that kind of passion, and because of that movie and because of that particular record, it made me fall in love with music all over again.”
The reality TV star is currently on tour in several cities
Braxton has been teasing new music since the start of the new year. She tweeted: “The album. Slaps. Be ready [fire emoji].” The new music and studio album she is working on will be her first full release since 2017 blue bird of happiness. She also shared videos and photos of herself in the studio on her social media.
She surprised fans by sharing live dates on an East Coast tour that kicked off in her home state of Maryland on Saturday, April 30. She captioned the Instagram post: “If you’re lucky enough to get a ticket. I’ll have something special and NEW for you,” hinting that she would be performing new music on her set list.
Video footage from the first two shows that fans have released includes Braxton singing his hits like “The One,” “All The Way Home,” and “Love & War.” She also performed “Crazy Kind of Love” mixed with Whitney Houston’s “Saving All My Love For You”, which her single sampled from.
Apart from his individual performances, Braxton is also part of a few other formations. She will perform at the Nashville R&B Fest on June 4 alongside Keith Sweat, 112, Tevin Campbell, Pretty Ricky, Raheem DeVaughn and H-Town.
His tour announcement came weeks after his sister’s death
Tamar’s sister, Traci, died March 12 of complications from a year-long battle with esophageal cancer. The family remained by his side throughout the private ordeal. To honor Traci, the sisters threw a birthday party on April 2 on what would have been Traci’s 51st birthday.
It seems going on tour and performing live is a way for Tamar to mourn the loss of her sister. She captioned a post promoting her performance series: “Whether you’re experiencing LOSS or feeling LOST, you’ll always find your way back #underconstruction.”
The singer’s NAACP Image Award-nominated Tamar’s podcast is titled Under construction. Many fans think it could also be the title of his next album.
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