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Singer Tamar Braxton to open for R. Kelly at CenturyLink

May 7, 2014

Written by
Sherry P. Shephard

Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Tamar Braxton will open for R. Kelly during the “Black Panties Tour” at the CenturyLink Center in Bossier City on Friday.

Tamar, who was 12 when she started singing backup vocals for older sister Toni, was a founding member of the R&B group The Braxtons along with sisters Toni, Traci, Towanda and Trina.

The last year has been a busy one for Tamar, the youngest of the Braxton siblings. In June, she and her husband, Vincent Herbert, welcomed the arrival of their son Logan; and her “Love and War” CD, which was released in September, received three Grammy nominations. Also, Braxton, along with her four sisters, stars in the reality TV series “Braxton Family Values” and she and Vince have their own reality show, “Tamar and Vince.” She’s also host of the talk show “The Real.” And, her “Love and War” tour kicks off later this month.

Tamar recently took a few minutes to talk with The Times about her CD, the tour and family.

Question: Is this your first time coming to Shreveport?

Tamar Braxton: I believe that it is. Well, it’s my first time as Tamar. I could have come there as the doo-wop pop chick that I was before, but this is my first time performing on my own. So, yes.

Q: How exciting is this tour for you?

T.B.: It’s very exciting. I’ve always been a huge fan of R. Kelly. My sisters worked with him in the past so I’ve known him on a personal level for a very, very, very long time. And it’s so crazy that I get to open up for not just for one of my idols, but for someone who’s believed in me as a singer for a long time.

Q: Where is baby Logan?

T.B.: Logan is in LA.I’m only out for three days this week and we live in LA and I just thought it was a lot to bring him all the way here just for three days and bring him all the way home. So, my sisters kidnapped my child. But I deserve it because I used to do them the same way.

Q: How old is Logan now?

T.B.: Logan is 10 months. Can you believe that?

Q: Is “Love and War” your second album?

T.B.: Well, I don’t like to say it’s my second. The record I did with Dreamworks I call it karaoke record. I wasn’t allowed to do my job. I was singing songs other people had chosen for me to sing and I couldn’t really be myself personality wise. It didn’t really make sense to me. It wasn’t really the type of music that I wanted to sing or even want to stand by so I like to say that this is my first album because I get to express who I am as an artist, as a person; so technically, you know what, really, yes.

Q: So what’s your favorite song on the “Love and war” CD?

T.B.: It would have to be “Pieces.” That was one of the last songs I recorded on this album. I didn’t really fall crazy in love with the record until maybe three months ago. “Love and War” was such a personal album for me because of what Vince and I had been through in our relationship. But Pieces was something that I felt like connected with me and my relationship at the time. That song speaks to me right now. Only because its a lot going on. We’re on tour, we have a baby, he’s running his business, I’m running my business. It’s like right now we’re having pieces of each other and not the whole thing. So that’s why it’s my favorite right now.

Q: What’s next for Tamar?

T.B.: I’m shooting “Tamar and Vince” right now. And the “Braxtons.” I am also recording my new album, which I’m so excited about. I’m getting ready for “The Real,” which is coming back Sept. 15. I’m so excited about that. That’s the best job ever. It’s not even a job. I just love it because it’s girlfriend hour. I think that’s it for now. Oh, how could I forget Tamartian Tour? I’m so excited about it because I’ve worked so hard on it, and I’m just elated that I have the opportunity to go out on my own and do it Tamartian style and have a ball.