Published on October 1st, 2014 | by Jameelah "Just Jay" Wilkerson


Traci Braxton: Perfect Time

Let’s hop right into your recently unleashed debut solo collection Crash & Burn — Conceptually, what exactly does that title represent both to and for you?
Crash & Burn was released on October 7th on my sister Toni’s birthday. “Crash & Burn” is about my life and the many changes and challenges that I faced. “Crash & Burn” is basically my life story and the choices that I made. It’s not about me crashing or burning, but it’s about me going out to live my dreams and take life by the horns, because it’s my bull and I’m going to follow my dreams. If all fails, it’s all on me to say, “Okay, I tried this and now, (and) I need (to) get back up and brush myself off and and try it again or try something new.” Listen to track 11, song: “Crash & Burn.”

How does this new material either differ and/or compare to what your fans already know and love you for as 1/5 of the Braxton family singing group?

The difference that I bring to my music is the soulful adult contemporary from back in the ’90’s, with a little mixture of today’s R&B.

The set’s lead single is entitled “Last Call” — What is this song really about? And, how did the track actually come to fruition?

“Last Call” is about being in the relationship and you’re doing everything that you can to keep it going; you’re fighting and you’re loving each other, but things are just not working out the way you expect them to and so in the song I’m telling my guy that this is the “Last Call,” this is all I can do and all I can give.

On Braxton Family Values, you’re referred to as “The Wild Card” — How did you come to be affectionately known as this?

On season 1 and 2, I was known as “The Wannabe”; some fans thought that this was a negative thing, but I looked at it as a positive thing! Truth be told, yes, I wanted to perform with my sisters when they were in the group The Braxtons; I wanted to be with my sisters on the road touring. However, I opted out on that to become a mother to my wonderful son who is now 18. Yes, it’s took me 18 years later to be where I am today! A successful television show with my family and my first solo album Crash & Burn, which is doing great…And as you can see, I’m no longer consider as “The Wannabe,” but now the “Wild Card!”

You all are nearing the end of season 4, with episode 10 having just aired — How have you been enjoying the “reality show” ride thus far?

Season 4-A has ended; we are now filming for the season half of season 4 of BFV. This opportunity is exciting, and I’m loving it! It gives me the opportunity to see my sisters more often than before, and travel to places that I never thought that I would visit.

Your youngest sister, Tamar, seems to have become a bit villainous as of late, what are your thoughts and feelings about this situation, especially in light of some recent “shade” she apparently threw in your direction via Twitter?

I’m not bothered at all. Tamar is and will always be my baby sister, and I will always love her and support her career endeavors.

Will there be a season five at this point?

We are currently filming second half of season 4.

Success, what do you attribute yours to? And, what are your future goals and/or plans for sustaining longevity in entertainment?

Continue to work as a businesswoman and focus on my career goals, and, of course, staying humbled through out the process!

Do you have any other outside/additional aspirations, maybe even completely away from entertainment?

I’m sill considering opening up my own hair salon. As long as I can remember, I have always wanted to do hair since I was a little girl. I’m also a community advocate, where I support organizations that focus on the community and youth; such as the Boys & Girls Clubs (of) America.

On a more serious note, are you happy with the current state of R&B? And, as an extension to this question, where do you think you “fit in” when it comes to today’s current/trending music?

I love it! There is nothing different about the way R&B is being created today, when it was created 10 or 20 years ago. The only difference is the generations have changed, and new ideas are created.

To date, what has been your biggest career moment?

Recording my first ever solo album, and making it on the Billboard Charts! That’s pretty darn good for a new indie solo artist on an indie label.

Looking ahead, say five or maybe even ten years from now, where do you see yourself?

Wow, working and continuing to entertain my fans.

As for the immediate, what’s next for you, Traci Braxton?

More music; hopefully with my sisters, acting and radio.

Lastly, what’s up with The Sisters’ song? What’s the latest word on that?

Your guess is as good as mine!

Is there anything I left out or just plain forgot to mention?

Just stay turned for more of Traci Braxton.


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