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She, Me, Her: Tamar Braxton talks about Southern roots, baby Logan, meeting fans on 'Love and War' tour
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The many moods of Tamar Braxton, now traveling the country on her "Love and War" tour. (Tamar Braxton Facebook photos)
Mary Colurso | By Mary Colurso |
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on June 11, 2014 at 1:34 PM
BIRMINGHAM, Alabama -- Tamar Braxton's public persona is big, bold and full of attitude. All that hair flipping, shade throwing, finger pointing, shoulder wiggling, eye flashing and catchphrase spouting makes for some entertaining television.
As a result, viewers who've watched her on "Braxton Family Values" or "Tamar & Vince" might just think they have a lock on Braxton's personality and character.
Guess again, Tamartians. We've seen another side of the singer, songwriter, actress and reality star you know and love as "She, Me, Her."
During a recent phone interview for her "Love and War" tour, Braxton simply sounded, well, nice. And busy. And promotional, as many celebrities are wont to do.
She certainly wasn't worried about selling tickets for her June 14 concert at Birmingham's Iron City. The 8 p.m. show sold out a couple of months ago, shortly after it was announced.
Braxton, 37, isn't a frequent visitor to Alabama, but she did appear here in 2013, on the lineup of BayFest in Mobile.
"I remember that was the biggest audience I ever performed in front of," she says. "I was so scared."
Concert butterflies, really?
"Before every show, I want to do my best," Braxton says. "I don't want to let down the people who invested in my career."
At heart, she regards herself as a "mother, wife and entertainer," Braxton says.
"Guess what? I've got opportunities to live my dream," Braxton says. "You can be as talented as you want to, but you also have to be present and ready. At the end of the day, you have to work really hard."
She declined to reveal any tour secrets during this 15-minute conversation, but happily confirmed that her husband, record exec Vincent Herbert, and their son, 1-year-old Logan, will be present and accounted for in Birmingham.
"Logan is just like his dad; he has a mind of his own," Braxton says. "Sometimes, we try to keep him on a schedule. But he's definitely out here with us. He calms me down and brings me back to a normal life. … Being a mom, and especially being as hands-on as I am, Logan goes first. I am his mother, and I want him to know I'm here at the end of the day."

Look at the "Love and War" photos on Braxton's Facebook page, and you'll see glitz and glamour aplenty, along with smiling shots from her meet-and-greets. The artist, however, seems more concerned with the messages in songs such as "The One," "Where It Hurts," "White Candle," "Sound of Love" and the title track.
"Without giving anything away, the show is just a lot about what I've been going through to this point," Braxton says. "'Love and War' is a story. I want the audience to understand why I wrote the song and why I put it on the album."
Connecting with her fan base is a given for Braxton, who's attracted more than 1 million followers to her Twitter feed @TamarBraxtonHer.
"I'm here to tour and I'm here to share that," she says. "I think people love to have a Tamar experience."

Braxton, who lives in Los Angeles, says she's expecting to feel right at home in Birmingham, on stage and off. For proof, she proudly points to her roots in nearby Georgia.
"I'm a Southern girl," she says. "I moved to Atlanta at a very young age. Everybody in the South is so warm and welcoming. If I miss anything, it's that warmth."
She pauses for just a second, and a Braxton handler makes his presence known, pulling the singer away for a sound check.
Before she exits, however, Braxton manages to sneak in a few plugs for "The Real," her syndicated talk show with Adrienne Bailon, Loni Love, Tamera Mowry-Housley and Jeannie Mai. It returns to daytime TV on Sept. 15, after a successful test run on Fox during 2013.
"These are five women with five different opinions, and it's so great to have that," Braxton says. "The beautiful part of it is, this is what my girlfriends make up. The girls and I get along. But at the end of the day, you gotta have something to say."
Braxton, of course, has no problem speaking her mind on camera.
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