Viewers have gotten to know more about Trina Braxton and her sisters on the WE channel show “Braxton Family Values.” Now they’ll have an opportunity to hear her sing solo.
Trina has just released the video for “Party or Go Home.”
“You have no idea how excited I am,” she told us the other day when we got together to talk about her solo singing career. “It’s like a new baby. This is not to be conceited but I listen to my song when I work out! It gives me that extra push on the treadmill or elliptical.”
She’s not unfamiliar with the recording industry, of course, having performed in a back-up capacity for her sister Toni. But recording on her own has been a new experience.
“When you’re doing it yourself, it’s humbling,” said Trina, who keeps up with her more than 173,000 fans (or “Boom Booms” as she lovingly calls them) on Twitter with regular updates. You can follow her here.
Here’s the video (look closely to see if you can spot other members of the Braxton family!)
“Party or Go Home” is an upbeat pop song with a thumping beat. Trina said some of her fans might wonder why she didn’t record an R&B anthem.
“Music is ageless. It is limitless,” she said. “I had to do something that was an indication of who I was. It’s just an extension of me.”
“Braxton Family Values” has aired two seasons (two and a half, actually) and will get cranking on Season Three in coming months. Viewers have witnessed all sorts of drama, from Mother Evelyn’s cancelled wedding plans to Traci’s health issues to tension involving Toni’s performances – and how involved her sisters are or are not when it comes to take the stage.
Trina and her husband Gabe have contributed to the drama. They are currently separated following infidelity on both of their parts but she did not have an ill word to say about him. Instead she noted what a good father figure he has been to her sons.
“I still have love for Gabe,” Trina said. “Did he do terrible things to me as a husband? Yes. But we talk on a regular basis. He is very involved with the boys. I see a genuine side of him even when we get into debates and arguments.”
Marital strife plunged Trina into a state of depression.
“I did not want to get out of bed,” she said. “I gained 25 pounds. I had magnums of Yellow Tail merlot all around my bedroom. I was a mess.”
Although it sounds like unorthodox marital therapy, she said stepping out on her own gave her the confidence to pull herself back together.
“I hope this doesn’t sound bad but if it hadn’t been for that affair I would still be lying in bed with a magnum of wine,” she said. “My self esteem was so low. I finally realized, ‘Trina, this is not you.’ There were a lot of awakenings.”
She isn’t sure what path her marriage will take for now. But she says airing that and other drama on television has been a family bonding experience.
“It made us closer as a family,” she said. “I didn’t think that was possible. There were a lot of tears, a lot of curse words, thankfully there was a lot of mending. We know how to push each other. We know how to build each other up.”
(At this point in the interview, Trina’s phone rang. “It’s mommy,” she said, letting the call go to voice mail. “I just left her and Tawanda!”)
For now Trina is focused on her family and her solo music career. She’d love to write a book (bad grammar drives her nuts, by the way), launch her own fashion line (she loves denim) or maybe take a spin behind the bar as a master mixologist (she prefers cocktails that are not too sweet).
“People are going to see that I’m multifaceted,” she said. “I want people to see the softer side of Trina. I also want people to see the entrepreneurial side of me.”