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Braxton in 2018.
Braxton in 2018.
Background information
Birth nameTraci Renee Braxton
Born(1971-04-02)April 2, 1971
Severn, Maryland, U.S
DiedMarch 12, 2022(2022-03-12) (aged 50)
  • Singer
  • media personality
Years active1989–2022
Spouse(s)Kevin Surrat (m. 1996)

Traci Renee Braxton (April 2, 1971 – March 12, 2022) was an American singer, reality television personality, and radio personality.

Early life[edit]

Traci Renee Braxton was born in Severn, Maryland as the third child of her parents.[1] Her father, Michael Conrad Braxton Sr.,[2] was a Methodist clergyman and power company worker, and her mother, Evelyn Jackson, a native of South Carolina, was a former opera singer and cosmetologist, as well as a pastor.[3][4] Braxton's maternal grandfather was also a pastor.[5]

Traci Renee Braxton has an older brother, Michael Jr. (born in 1968), and four sisters, Toni (born in 1967), Towanda (born in 1973), Trina (born in 1974) and Tamar (born in 1977). Braxton and her siblings were raised in a strict religious household,[6] and Braxton's first performing experience was singing in her church choir.[6]


1989–1991: Career beginnings with The Braxtons[edit]

Toni, Traci, Towanda, Trina, and Tamar Braxton signed their first record deal with Arista Records in 1989.[7] In 1990, they released their first single, "Good Life". It would be their only single as a fivesome.[1] "Good Life" peaked at No. 79 on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles chart. At the time of the single's release, the members' age differences created a problem with marketing. Subsequently, The Braxtons were dropped from Arista Records.[8]

In 1991, during a showcase with Antonio "L.A." Reid and Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds—who were in the process of forming LaFace Records—Toni Braxton, minus her four sisters, was chosen and signed as the label's first female solo artist. At the time, the remaining members were told that LaFace was not looking for another girl group, since they had just signed TLC.[9][10]

1992–1995: Career complications and pregnancy[edit]

After Toni's departure from the group in 1991, the remaining Braxtons ultimately became backup singers for Toni's first U.S. tour, music videos, and promotional appearances. The sisters—Traci, Towanda, Trina, and Tamar—made several televised appearances as backing vocalists with Toni, and gave answers during interviews, such as on The Today Show.[11] They were also featured in the music video for Toni Braxton's third single, "Seven Whole Days", from her debut album.[citation needed]

In 1993, LaFace Records A&R Vice President, Bryant Reid, signed The Braxtons to LaFace. However, the group never released an album or single for the record label. When Reid moved on to work for Atlantic Records, he convinced executives at LaFace to allow him take the group to Atlantic also.[10][12]

It was reported in Vibe magazine that in 1995, Traci Braxton had left the group to pursue a career as a youth counselor;[13] however, it was not revealed until 2004–when Towanda Braxton appeared on season two of the reality show Starting Over—that Traci was not allowed to sign with Atlantic because of her pregnancy at the time.[citation needed]

2011–2014: Reality television and Crash & Burn[edit]

In 2011, Braxton reunited with her sisters for the WE tv reality show, Braxton Family Values.[14] She makes appearances as backing vocal singer of her sisters in some shows over the years. In 2013, Braxton and her husband Kevin Surratt joined the third season of Marriage Boot Camp.[15]

In 2013, Braxton began her solo career after signing with independent media conglomerate Entertainment One under eOne Music and Soul World Entertainment to release an album.[16] The same year, she got her own radio show called The Traci Braxton show on the BLIS.F.M. radio.[17][18][19]

Her solo debut album, Crash & Burn, was released on October 7, 2014. The album's lead single "Last Call" peaked at number 16 on the US R&B Adult.[20] "Crash & Burn" debuted at No. 108 on the Billboard Hot 200 with sales of 4,000 in its first week.[21] The album also reached No. 11 on the relaunched Billboard R&B Albums chart and at No. 1 on the Heatseekers Albums chart.[22][23] A follow-up single "Perfect Time" was released in 2015.[24]

2015–2022: The Braxtons reunion, films and On Earth[edit]

On January 14, 2015, she joined the judging panel of Mrs. DC America 2015.[25] In October 2015, The Braxtons released their second album, Braxton Family Christmas. The album was released on October 30, and pre-ordered on October 16.[26][27] Braxton Family Christmas debuted at number 27 on the US Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Albums,[28] number 10 on the US R&B chart, and number 12 on the US Top Holiday Albums on November 21, 2015.[29][30] The album charted at number 1 on the US Heatseekers Albums on December 12, 2015.[31]

On May 17, 2016, during a Facebook live video on the Braxton Family Values page, it was announced that Traci Braxton was releasing a new single in 2016, titled "Body Shots", from her upcoming sophomore studio album.[32][non-primary source needed]

Braxton performing at Howard University in 2014

On May 21, 2017, she starred in the stageplay There's a Stranger in My House.[33] On September 26, 2017, Braxton was featured on the rapper Kokayi’s track "Moonlight".[34][35]

On April 20, 2018, she released the single "Broken Things" featuring her sisters Toni, Towanda and Trina.[36][37] On August 3, 2018, Traci Braxton released "Lifeline" as the official lead single from her second album, On Earth, which was released on August 24, 2018.[38]

In the same time, she made her movie acting debut in the feature film Sinners Wanted.[39] On June 13, 2019, she acted in the film, All In, starring Lil Mama.[40]

On December 12, 2020, she starred in the film (and her last to be released in her lifetime) The Christmas Lottery.[41]

On September 24, 2021, her final collaboration was featured on the song "Stay with Me", performed by Candiace, taken from her album Deep Space.[42][43]

Illness and death[edit]

Braxton died on March 12, 2022, at the age of 50.[44] She had been suffering from esophageal cancer for at least one year before her death.[45]



Title Album details Peak chart
Crash & Burn
  • Released: October 7, 2014
  • Label: Entertainment One
  • Format: CD, digital download
108 1 11 18
On Earth
  • Released: August 24, 2018[38]
  • Label: Soul World Entertainment
  • Formats: CD, digital download


Year Song Peaks Album
2014 "Last Call" 16 Crash & Burn
2015 "Perfect Time"
2017 "Moonlight" (Kokayi featuring Traci Braxton)
2018 "Broken Things" (featuring Toni, Towanda and Trina)[32] On Earth
2018 "Lifeline"



  • 2018: Sinners Wanted: Nana
  • 2019: All In: Foster Mom
  • 2020: The Christmas Lottery: Announcer



  • The Traci Braxton Show


  • There's a Stranger in My House (2017)


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  4. ^ "Braxton Family Values – Evelyn Braxton". WE tv. AMC Networks. Retrieved December 2, 2013.
  5. ^ Ney, Angela Winter (February 6, 1994). "Award-winning pastor reaches out to teen-agers". The Baltimore Sun. Retrieved December 2, 2013.
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  7. ^ "Tamar Braxton, Past, Present, Future". BET.com. May 7, 2023.
  8. ^ "Tamar Braxton (artist page)". iHeart. May 7, 2023.
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  12. ^ Reynolds, J.R. "'So Many' Braxtons on Atlantic Label Downplays Link To Famous Sister." Billboard. July 6, 1996: 18–19. Print.
  13. ^ Davis, Joyce E. "The Braxtons: And then there were three." Vibe Magazine. September 1, 1996: 92. Print.
  14. ^ MacIntyre, April (June 17, 2011). "Toni Braxton's Bankruptcy Issues Resolved: Braxton Family Values on We TV". MonstersandCritics.com. Archived from the original on January 17, 2011.
  15. ^ L'oreal Thompson, May (May 30, 2013). "Traci Braxton on 'Marriage Boot Camp'". Jetmag.
  16. ^ Vanessa Barnett, July (July 30, 2014). "Traci Braxton's Solo Career Set To "Crash & Burn"?". HipHollywood.
  17. ^ Traci Braxton show on soulbounce.com
  18. ^ Traci Braxton bio on lushradioonline.com
  19. ^ Traci Braxton show on alwayssalist.com Archived February 6, 2015, at the Wayback Machine
  20. ^ a b Traci Braxton Last Call Single Charts on Billboard.com
  21. ^ a b "Top 200 Albums Billboard 25 October 2014". Billboard. Retrieved August 23, 2016.
  22. ^ Traci Braxton charts
  23. ^ Caulfield, Keith (October 16, 2014). "Keyshia Cole Collects Third No. 1 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums". Billboard. Retrieved October 16, 2014.
  24. ^ Traci Braxton [@TraciBraxton] (May 21, 2015). "Check out my new single 'Perfect Time' Written by: Talented singer and songwriter (Tank) @TheRealTank" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  25. ^ "Traci Braxton joined the judging panel of Ms Dc Ameerica Pageant sur www.wsu9.com". Archived from the original on July 5, 2015. Retrieved April 26, 2015.
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  32. ^ a b "Hi all! So excited to be Live and answering your q's. Braxton Family Values premieres on We tv Thursday May 19 at 9 pm EST". Facebook. Retrieved May 17, 2016.
  33. ^ Traci Braxton There's a stranger in my house stageplay on www.eventsinpa.com
  34. ^ Kokayi Moonlight featuring Traci Braxton on itunes.com
  35. ^ Kokayi featuring Traci Braxton Moonlight single on amazon.com
  36. ^ "Tamar Braxton release single Broken Things featuring her sisters on tracibraxton.com". Archived from the original on March 22, 2019. Retrieved April 28, 2018.
  37. ^ Traci Braxton release the single Broken Things on thatgrapejuice.net
  38. ^ a b "On Earth by Traci Braxton on Apple Music". Apple Music (US Store). August 24, 2018. Retrieved August 24, 2018.
  39. ^ "Sinners Wanted". IMDb. Retrieved January 30, 2018.
  40. ^ All In Movie on www.imdb.com
  41. ^ The Christmas Lottery on www.imdb.com
  42. ^ "Album Stream: Candiace Dillard – 'Deep Space' – That Grape Juice". thatgrapejuice.net. Retrieved October 9, 2021.
  43. ^ "Stream: Candiace Dillard Bassett's Debut Album 'Deep Space'". JoJoCrews.com. September 24, 2021. Retrieved October 9, 2021.
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  45. ^ "Traci Braxton Dead at 50 from Cancer". TMZ. March 12, 2022. Retrieved March 12, 2022.
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  47. ^ "R&B Albums Chart: October 25, 2014". Billboard. Retrieved August 23, 2016.
  48. ^ "Top R&B Hip Hop Albums Chart: October 25, 2014". Billboard. Retrieved August 23, 2016.

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