Toni Braxton (album)

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Toni Braxton
Studio album by Toni Braxton
Released July 13, 1993 (1993-07-13) (U.S.)
Recorded 1992–1993;
Bosstown Recording Studios, Doppler Studios, Studio LaCoCo
(Atlanta, Georgia)
Elumba Recording Studios
(Hollywood, Los Angeles, California)
Genre R&B, soul, pop
Label LaFace
Producer Toni Braxton, L.A. Reid (also exec.), Babyface (also exec.), Daryl Simmons, Tim & Ted, Bo & McArthur, Vassal Benford, Vincent Herbert, Ernesto Phillips
Toni Braxton chronology
Toni Braxton
Singles from Toni Braxton
  1. "Another Sad Love Song"
    Released: June 29, 1993
  2. "Breathe Again"
    Released: August 6, 1993
  3. "Seven Whole Days"
    Released: October 8, 1993
  4. "You Mean the World to Me"
    Released: April 22, 1994
  5. "I Belong to You/How Many Ways"
    Released: June 10, 1994
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[2]
Chicago Tribune 2.5/4 stars[3]
Entertainment Weekly C[4]
Los Angeles Times 3/4 stars[5]
Q 3/5 stars[6]
Robert Christgau (neither)[7]
Rolling Stone 2/5 stars[8]
The New Rolling Stone Album Guide 3/5 stars[9]

Toni Braxton is the self-titled debut album by American recording artist Toni Braxton. It was released in the United States on July 13, 1993 by LaFace Records.


Toni Braxton debuted at #36 on the Billboard 200 and later spent two non-consecutive weeks atop the chart as well as three non-consecutive weeks atop the R&B Albums chart and has sold over 8.5 million copies in the U.S. and fifteen million worldwide.[10]

The album was primarily produced by Reid, Babyface, and Daryl Simmons. The first single, "Another Sad Love Song", peaked at number seven and number two on the Billboard Hot 100 and R&B Singles charts respectively. The album's second single, "Breathe Again" peaked in the top five of both the Hot 100 and R&B singles charts and number 2 in the UK Singles Chart. More singles from Toni Braxton were released in 1994, including "You Mean the World to Me", "Seven Whole Days", and "I Belong to You/How Many Ways".

Braxton's debut album won her several awards, including three Grammy Awards (for Best New Artist and two consecutive awards for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance in 1994 and 1995). She also won two American Music Awards (for Favorite Soul/R&B New Artist and Favorite New Adult Contemporary Artist) in 1994 and another one in 1995 (for Favorite Soul/R&B Album).Toni Braxton was certified 8x platinum in USA and has sales of over 10 million worldwide.

In Japan, the album is known as Love Affair, also a song on the album. The Japanese edition contains the same twelve original tracks; the only difference is the Obi strip and the bonus lyrics booklet written in Japanese.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Another Sad Love Song"   Babyface, Daryl Simmons L.A. Reid, Babyface, Daryl Simmons 5:01
2. "Breathe Again"   Babyface L.A. Reid, Babyface, Daryl Simmons 4:29
3. "Seven Whole Days"   Babyface, Antonio Reid L.A. Reid, Babyface, Daryl Simmons 6:22
4. "Love Affair"   Tim Thomas, Ted Bishop Tim Thomas, Ted Bishop 4:28
5. "Candlelight"   Gaylor D, John Barnes L.A. Reid, Babyface, Daryl Simmons 4:36
6. "Spending My Time with You"   Bo & McArthur Bo & McArthur 4:08
7. "Love Shoulda Brought You Home"   Babyface, Daryl Simmons, Bo Watson L.A. Reid, Babyface, Daryl Simmons 4:56
8. "I Belong to You"   Vassal Benford, Ronald Spearman Vassal Benford 3:53
9. "How Many Ways"   Vincent Herbert, Toni Braxton Vincent Herbert 4:45
10. "You Mean the World to Me"   Antonio Reid, Babyface, Daryl Simmons L.A. Reid, Babyface, Daryl Simmons 4:53
11. "Best Friend"   Toni Braxton, Vance Taylor Ernesto Phillips, Toni Braxton 4:28
12. "Breathe Again" (Reprise)     1:19
Total length:

Personnel and production[11][edit]

  • Executive producers: Babyface and L.A. Reid
  • Tracks 1–3, 5, 7, 10 and 12 produced by Babyface, L.A. Reid and Daryl Simmons (for LaFace Inc). Recorded by Jim Zumpano, except "Another Sad Love Song" (recorded by Jim Zumpano and John Rogers) and "Love Shoulda Brought You Home" (recorded by Jim Zumpano, Barney Perkins, Fil Brown, Steve Schwartzberg, Matt Westfield and Shawn Young). Tracks 1 and 7 mixed by L.A. Reid and Barney Perkins. Tracks 2, 3, 5 and 10 mixed by L.A. Reid and Dave Way. Kayo: Bass; L.A. Reid: Drums, percussion; Babyface: Keyboards, bass, synthesizers; DeRock: Percussion; Vance Taylor: Keyboards, acoustic piano; Additional MIDI programming: John Frye
  • Track 4 produced by Tim and Ted for Flapjack Productions. Recorded by Ron Horvath, Phil Tan, Thom Kidd, Jim Zumpano and Ted Bishop. Mixed by L.A. Reid and Dave Way, with assistance by John Frye. Tim and Ted: Keyboards and drums; Skip Pruitt: Saxophone.
  • Track 6 produced by Bo and McArthur. Recorded by Jim Zumpano, John Frye and Jason Schablik. Mixed by L.A. Reid, Jon Gass and John Frye. Bo Watson: Keyboards, synthesizers; McArthur: Guitars; Kayo: Bass; L.A. Reid: Drums, percussion.
  • Track 8 arranged, produced and music performed by Vassal Benford. Recorded and mixed by Victor Flores.
  • Track 9 produced by Vincent Herbert. Recorded by Ben Garrison. Mixed by Ben Garrison and Vincent Herbert. All music by Vincent Herbert, Ben Garrison and Noelle Groin.
  • Track 11 produced by Ernesto Phillips and Toni Braxton. Recorded by Bill Plummer. Mixed by Ernesto Phillips and Bob Rosa. Rex Rideout: Keyboards; Ernesto Phillips: Guitars; Orlando Phillips: Bass


Preceded by
Kickin' It Up by John Michael Montgomery
Music Box by Mariah Carey
U.S. Billboard 200 number-one album
February 26, 1994
March 19, 1994
Succeeded by
Music Box by Mariah Carey
Superunknown by Soundgarden

See also[edit]


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  4. ^ Fox, Marisa (July 23, 1993). "Toni Braxton Review". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2011-10-17. 
  5. ^ Johnson, Connie (September 5, 1993). "Record Rack / In Brief (Toni Braxton, "Toni Braxton")". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2011-10-17. 
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