R&B songbird Toni Braxton gave birth to Denim Cole Braxton Lewis on Sunday (December 2) in Atlanta. The baby boy weighed in at five pounds, 12 ounces. The child was the first for Braxton and her husband, keyboardist Keri Lewis of Mint Condition. Braxton’s spokesman David Brokaw told AP, “Mom and baby are doing fine.”
Braxton and Lewis married in Atlanta in April at a wedding attended by some 250 guests, including musicians Monica, Usher, Mack 10, Donell Jones, and T-Boz and Chilli of TLC. The couple met while touring four years ago, when Mint Condition served as Braxton’s accompaniment when she opened for Kenny G.
In related news, Braxton released a Christmas album, Snowflakes, on October 23. The set is currently Number 15 on the Billboard Top Holiday Albums chart and Number 156 on the Billboard 200 albums chart. Snowflakes was produced by Braxton, Lewis, L.A. Reid, and Daryl Simmons, and features a guest appearance by reggae superstar Shaggy on “Christmas In Jamaica.” Braxton’s younger sister Tamar Braxton sang backup on the set and also contributed her writing talents to “Holiday Celebrate.”
— Yves Erwin Salomon, New York