ABC/Lorenzo BevilaquaTamar Braxton’s divorced parents have both appeared on Braxton Family Values, and now their strained relationship has inspired Tamar’s latest single, “My Man.”
“I wanted to channel my mother and say the things she probably should have said then,” she tells Billboard.
But Braxton adds that she has also experienced the song’s storyline, which is about seeing your man leave you for another woman.
“The situation was really painful,” she recalls. “You walk around on your self-esteem because your self-esteem is at the bottom of your shoe. You’re really trying to figure it out. ‘What’s wrong with me? Am I pretty enough? Do I need to be like somebody else?'”
“There’s nothing wrong with you,” she insists. “It’s just not the relationship you’re supposed to be in.”
“My Man” is the first single from Braxton’s forthcoming fifth solo CD, due out this summer. The as-yet-untitled CD will be the first release on her own label, Tamartian Land Records. Braxton says she loves the freedom of being her own boss.
“Being signed to a record label is great. However, at the end of the day, I don’t want to talk people into my ideas, my artistry and the things I want to do, she says. ”It’s really hard to always break that down to people that have 30 other acts on the table. I’m 40 now, and know exactly what I want to do.”
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