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Trina Braxton releases solo video

Trina Braxton strikes her signature pose.

Trina Braxton strikes her signature pose.

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.”

21 comments Add your comment

Too old

September 17th, 2012
6:22 pm

She looks a lot older the people she is partying with, or is it just me?

Trese

September 17th, 2012
6:36 pm

Horrible horrible horrible!!! Toni couldn’t you have done something? Although I must admit Toni’s videos were sometimes pretty bad also, but at least that girl can blow. Nothing personal but please do not do this again.

PBrown

September 17th, 2012
6:48 pm

Fans? She has fans? Why can’t the Braxton women just accept that Toni, who has the pipes and the looks, was/is the star of the family. Somebody needs to remind them that life ain’t fair.

Nic

September 17th, 2012
7:35 pm

Congrats Trina !!!! I L.O.V.E the song.

Former Atlantan

September 17th, 2012
7:46 pm

If she hates bad grammar, she should start with her Mother. I can’t stand hearing her speak because her grammar is awful. Mother Braxton should focus on speaking proper English instead of trying to speak “proper” (slang).

Granny Got A Word For You

September 17th, 2012
9:27 pm

WHACK like crack… This video is a glorified mess. She looks like an old prostitute at a prom. The song has a good beat but that is it. The band was better than the singing. Trina, now you go home and sit down, ya hear me now!!!

woodrow

September 17th, 2012
9:46 pm

I’m going say it because everyone is too polite. She sounds too much like her famous sister. She is ripping her sis.

sassyteacher

September 17th, 2012
10:29 pm

It wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be. The song is not half bad.

Ann

September 18th, 2012
4:44 am

Would have been good 20 years ago, will play well in the gay clubs.

notaracist

September 18th, 2012
6:08 am

Trina, I hate when people make rude or negative comments. I’m sure you know everyone is not going to like or love what you do. And some others just comment to see if they can get a rise out of someone. But, I understand that is their right to do so. I truly wish you much success. All of your sister a beautiful ladies. But your Mom is where you all get those good genes from. I love the relationship that you girls have with her. Be good and may God grant you many more successes. P.S. There is no reason with you girls actually being talented and beautiful that you all can not make as much money and be more successful as the Kardashins. A Wig Line and Make-Up line has to be in the making for “Braxton 6″ Of course you have to include Mom

notaracist

September 18th, 2012
6:09 am

Jennifer, I hate when people post comments twice. Thanks for that duplicate button. I am so used to the double click.

Coco Thomas

September 18th, 2012
7:48 am

It has a hip techno beat to it…….I’m liking it! You go girl!!!!

sislo

September 18th, 2012
8:41 am

I luv you Trina and I am a firm believer if you cant say anything good dont say anything…everyone however is entitled to an opinion, but I can only give account for mine and that is I like the song and wish you the best

Tikita Jones

September 18th, 2012
9:02 am

I love Trina and her new video. Go Trina!

Ashanti wiltshire

September 18th, 2012
11:48 am

Love it Trina!!! love you too!! :-)

Nikeya

September 18th, 2012
1:22 pm

Love the video cant wait to hear the song in the club… Trina Braxton you got it going on.

Erica

September 18th, 2012
4:46 pm

I love , love , love the video and the song! I love the whole family and I wish all of them nothing but happiness and success! :)

Shawaun

September 18th, 2012
6:17 pm

To all you negative people and your comments, Please GET YOUR LIFE!!!!

Carla

September 19th, 2012
5:33 am

Love the song, performance and video. Congrats!!!

Angl

September 19th, 2012
6:07 pm

Trina I LOVE your video and the song is Amazing.. don’t listen to the negativity that everyone is feeding you because your Thee definitionof HOT!!!! Keep up.the good work and I know that you will be very successful in the upcoming future.. Love ya Boom Boom!!!!

debra

September 20th, 2012
9:54 pm

I WISH TAMAR GETS HER LIFE AND WORRY ABOUT HER OWN CAREER YOU GO GIRL