Tamar Braxton on Her First Solo Tour: "People Don't Know I Can Drop It Like It's Hot"
"Drop it like it's hot" with Tamar Braxton at The Fillmore Miami Beach.
"Let me get Tamar on the phone for you. Don't hang up," says a man's voice on the other end of the line. After a five second pause of silence, a call comes through.
"This is Tamar right now!" laughs the singer, calling in just before soundcheck at the Times Arena in Tampa, where she's scheduled to open for R. Kelly.
"It's been amazing," she gushes, chatting about her Black Panties tour experience with Kells. "There's so much going on. You learn something new every single night. We have a ball."
The youngest of the Braxton sisters may be an opener for the night. But on May 16, she'll be kicking off her own 18-city Love and War solo tour at the Fillmore Miami Beach.
"I'm excited to show people another side of me and to get in my element," she says. "People don't know I can get turnt up and drop it like it's hot."
Not that we had any doubts or anything. Her wild diva ways on hit reality TV shows Tamar & Vince and Braxton Family Values roar louder than the whole Braxton gang hitting a high note.
"I'm not gonna lie, when you first have so many cameras following you everywhere, it's very awkward and weird," she admits. "But once you get used to it, you forget they're there and they become like furniture.
"But it's cool. On Tamar & Vince, you get to see Tamar the entrepreneur, the wife, the mother, just me being myself, but in a different light. On Braxton Family Values, you get to see me as Toni Braxton's little sister."
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So yes, she may have the same blood running through her veins as her older sibling, but Tamar has made a name for herself.
Last year, her latest album, Love and War, hit the number-two spot on Billboard's Top 200, making it the highest chart debut from a female R&B artist in 2013. Braxton has also been nominated for three Grammy Awards this year, including Best Urban Contemporary Album.
Now, in addition to music and reality TV, the singer has taken on a daily talk show, The Real, launching this fall on Fox and BET.
"It's five women with five different opinions talking about everything. Not so much about politics, CNN is for that," she says. "It's about fashion, dating, what to do and not to do, it's like a happy hour for you and your friends to watch, without the cocktails, of course."
But this summer, Tamar insists, she's entirely focused on the music.
Because, as John Legend (who she opened for during the 2013 Made to Love tour) taught her: "When it comes to touring, you have to be very professional. People pay to come see you. You can't keep them waiting. That's very rude.
"And another thing John taught me the most is to be more organized," Braxton laughs. "If not, you're a mess. And trust me, ain't nobody got time for that."
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Tamar Braxton's Love and War Tour Pre-Party. With DJ Stevie J, Iron Lyon, and Fly Guy. Presented by Headliner Market Group. Story, 136 Collins Ave., Miami Beach. The party starts at 11 p.m. and tickets cost $30 plus fees via wantickets.com. Ages 21 and up. Call 305-538-2424 or visit storymiami.com.
Tamar Braxton's Love and War Tour. Friday, May 16. The Fillmore Miami Beach, 1700 Washington Ave., Miami Beach. The show starts at 8:30 p.m. and tickets cost $29 to $38 plus fees via livenation.com. Call 305-673-7300 or visit fillmoremb.com.
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