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Sisters Toni & Tamar Braxton Talk About Growing Up A Preacher’s Kid

tamar-braxton-Toni-5Tamar Braxton is opening up about how being raised by preacher parents in a Christian household impacted her life.

Braxton, the 36-year-old singer-songwriter, said she learned a lot from her Christian upbringing.

“Both of my parents at one time were pastors of their own churches and I learned a lot from that,” she said in Flaunt magazine recently. “But not until I was an adult did I understand it and know for myself.”

It was this faith that helped Braxton further her career in music.

“I had to be really strong in my faith and I know if it wasn’t for God, I would not be here,” she told Ebony magazine as the October cover girl.

Braxton’s older sister and singer Toni, 46, previously spoke to The Christian Post about how being raised as a singer in a church helps to shape an entertainer’s career.

Toni Braxton“When your dad is a preacher you’re involved in everything. It’s how I got my roots because most entertainers come from church, African Americans singing in the choir,” Toni told CP earlier this year. “You practice every day, you’ve got your pulpit, it was your stage. You’ve got your congregation that was your audience.”

She spoke about all of the basics for a professional singer being provided by the church.

“That’s the fundamentals for you becoming a professional singer. It was right there, right in the church. That’s where I got over that fear of performing,” Toni revealed to CP. “That thing, can I do this? Church people will always rally around you even if you sound terrible.”

Toni said singers can usually find encouragement from church people which is a quality she cherishes.

“You’ll get an ‘Amen’ or ‘Alright’ or ‘Sing!’ You’re going to get something to cheer you along,” she told CP. “Somebody is going to tell you can’t lead that song that you wanted to lead but they’ll still encourage you to at least see what you’ve got out there. I love that about church, that’s great.”


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