Toni Braxton finished her As Long as I live tour with Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds and SWV at the Microsoft Theater on Sunday night. Female vocal trio SWV opened this sold-out show. SWV became one of the top-selling groups of the ’90s and after a hiatus of seven years the group reunited in 2005 and has been together since. SWV has sold over 25 million albums worldwide and has been nominated for over 10 Billboard Music Awards, two Grammy Awards and won a Soul Train Award in 2017. SWV’s 30-minute set included their hits “You’re the One,” “I’m So Into You,” and closed with “Weak.”
Babyface was in the middle of the lineup playing 20 songs, mostly hits he wrote or produced with his partner L.A. Reid. Babyface started his set walking through the aisle then onto the stage kicking off his set with “For the Cool In You.” After five songs, Babyface broke out hits he wrote for artists like the Whispers, Dru Hill, Bobby Brown and Boyz II Men. Babyface ended his incredible performance with Boyz II Men’s “I’ll Make Love to You” and “End of the Road,” as walked through the crowd with an open shirt. This year Babyface will turn 60 and still looks and sounds as youthful as ever. In addition being an 11-time Grammy winner, Babyface wrote/produced an outstanding number of 26 number one hits and is listed as number 20 on NME’s 50 of the Greatest Producers Ever list.
Closing the show was none other than Toni Braxton whose tour was in support of her latest release Sex and Cigarettes. Braxton not only has one of the greatest voices in R&B/soul but is one of thetop-sellingg female artists of the last three decades with more than 67 million album sales, 7 Grammy Awards, 7 AMAs and 9 BMAs. Since 2011 Braxton has had her own show Braxton Family Values. After departing The Braxtons, a family group with her sisters, Toni embarked on a solo career with the help of Babyface and L.A. Reid who produced her self-titled debut released on LaFace Records. In 1994 Braxton was awarded the Grammy for Best New Artist and has been a major success ever since.
Braxton kicked off her performance rising up to the top of a platform with a staircase around it. Braxton performed “He Wasn’t Man Enough,” and made her way down the stairs onto the stage playing a show full of hits. Braxton’s set included her first Grammy Winning single “Another Sad Love Song,” as well as more Grammy winning songs like “Breathe Again” and “Un-Break My Heart.” Babyface came out to perform two songs with Braxton “Hurt You” and “Give U My Heart.” Braxton concluded with a song encore of “Long As I Live.” Braxton is a great performer and singer. Next time Braxton tour again, this a show you won’t want to miss.