These days it’s hard to miss Tamar Braxton.
She’s the star of her own reality series, “Tamar & Vince” on WE TV, her own talk show, “The Real,” (locally 11 a.m. weekdays on Fox 29), and she has brand new single out, “Let Me Know.”
But there was a time when the words “Tamar Braxton” and “star” had little chance of being in the same sentence together.
Her 2000 debut, “Tamar,” bombed. Maybe it was for the best.
“When I was 25 years old, I definitely wasn’t ready for this moment right now,” says Braxton, a Maryland native. “It’s a lot of responsibility, it’s a lot of commitment, it’s a lot of professionalism that goes into it … If I had a hit record at 25, I’d probably be out of the game and at home sewing somewhere. Now, it’s something I take very seriously, and I’m very grateful for it.
Fourteen years ago, Braxton, the younger sister of Toni Braxton, was cast by Dreamworks Records as an Aaliyah wannabe.
Fast forward a decade or so to 2011: Braxton and her sisters are picked up in the WE TV series “Braxton Family Values” and it’s a hit. Braxton and record producer hubby, Vince Herbert, are the breakout stars of the show and that leads to their own series, “Tamar & Vince,” and a Tamar solo record for Epic.
The album, “Love and War” set the female record in the Soundscan era for longest time between an initial chart listing and a first No. 1 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart, according to Billboard.
“It started with ‘Braxton Family Values’ and everyone seeing my personality and knowing that I wanted to be a singer because that’s what I talked about,” Braxton says. “People knew it wasn’t fake — that’s how I really acted and this music career is something I really wanted to do.”
Braxton’s set to co-host, along with the Power 99 staff, the big Powerhouse 2014 concert tonight at the Wells Fargo Center. Chris Brown, Trey Songz, T.I., J. Cole, Ne-Yo, Jeezy, French Montana, Jeremih, Kid Ink, Migos, Bobby Shmurda and K. Camp are scheduled to perform.
“I had never honestly given up on the music thing,” Braxton, 37, says. “I’ve done different [musical] avenues — background singing and doing a lot of writing for other people — but what was always in the back of my mind, what I was always concentrating on, was being who I am today.”
Friday, Oct. 31, 6 p.m.,Wells Fargo Center,3601 S. Broad St.,$19.99 to $150.99,215- 336-3600,www.wellsfargocenterphilly.com