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Toni Braxton performs at Pala's Starlight Theater

21 May 2018

(PRESS RELEASE) -- R&B/Pop star Toni Braxton will perform at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, 11 August, at the Starlight Theater at Pala Casino Spa and Resort.

Legend, icon, songstress and diva. Very few artists ascend to the rarified heights that those words symbolize. Braxton is one of the few.

This year marks the 25th anniversary in music for Braxton, the multi-million-selling R&B/Pop pioneer and seven-time Grammy Award-winner behind timeless hits such as “Love Shoulda Brought You Home,” “Another Sad Love Song,” “Breathe Again,” “Seven Whole Days,” ”Un-Break My Heart” and “He Wasn’t Man Enough.” If that wasn’t enough, the multi-talented singer/songwriter has expanded her skill set to include music producer, Broadway musical star, actress/producer and best-selling author.

Which brings to mind another word that describes her career: then and now: game-changer. And, never more so than with Def Jam’s 23 March release of her ninth studio album, Sex & Cigarettes, her first studio album since Love, Marriage & Divorce, her 2014 Grammy-winning collaboration with Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds.

“I never imagined that 25 years later I would have done everything I have accomplished,” she says. “But I knew I would be singing. For whatever reason, music has always given me the strength to get up, even when I didn’t want to.” Indeed, it is a more frank, creatively adventurous and no-holds-barred Braxton that greets listeners on Sex & Cigarettes, especially on its provocative title track.

The album already has spun off two tracks, the Urban AC hit, “Deadwood,” and follow-up single, “Long As I Live,” currently headed for the top 10 on Billboard’s R&B songs chart.

“I’m stuck on love,” Braxton says of the mid-tempo song. “Its message is as long as I live, I’ll never get over you getting over me.”

Braxton’s own mesmerizing voice remains the one constant throughout Sex & Cigarettes, the same sultry and smoky vocals that immediately turned heads in 1992.

Reflecting on her silver anniversary and newest career chapter with the album, Braxton says she is still in love with music and the possibilities it affords.

“There have been moments when I felt defeated; felt I let myself down,” she says. “Even if I fail, music give me enough strength to try something different. I’ve come full circle, yet there are so many things to do.”

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