“I’m Not Ashamed Because I Can Sing My Face Off”: Tamar Braxton Addresses Her Recent Vocal Struggles

December 11, 2013 ‐ By
Tamar Braxton vocal issues

Source: WENN

Some of the strongest singers are some of the same folks whose voices are constantly at risk due to medical issues with their vocal chords. Adele was sidelined in 2011 after the release of her classic album 21 because of a polyp on her vocal chord that could have caused a chord hemorrhage. Even little Ariana Grande had to go sit down somewhere after the release of her album Yours Truly because of a hemorrhaged vocal chord. And Tamar Braxton has been very vocal (no pun intended) about the vocal problems she has been having at shows that have hindered a few of her performances. She went on a rant on Twitter in October to let her fans know what’s going on:

“Sometimes the devil will try & trick your mind to make you think you are loosing when you are clearly winning.#dontfallforit #GodisSoGood. I waited my WHOLE life 4this moment….& I have NEVER had this many voice issues. Its embarrassing &hurtful but ive come 2 far 2 give up now. Say whatever u like.Talk about how bad u think things r & How I should change this or that. But, im no where near where I was a year ago. I dont have time 2 talk u into liking me or understanding me. Cause no matter what u will always find fault when u r not perfect yourselves & honestly the ones talking the most wouldn’t last 1 min in my shoes! Thanks 2 the REAL #tamartianfriends 4 understanding me when I didn’t.”

But she went further to set the record straight while performing at Universal City Walk’s tree lighting ceremony (in California). She spoke to HipHopHollywood and said that her recent vocal problems are due to popped blood vessels and a lack of rest for her vocals. She says that some days are better than others, and she has to keep pushing on because folks have bills to pay, but she knows what her voice is capable of and is taking things one day at a time. Here’s the tea:

“Well, I’m on the mend. Some days is, it’s just not there and it’s only because I didn’t give myself time to heal correctly. Like, when Ariana Grande, when our albums came out the same day around the same time, both of our blood vessels popped. But I had it on both sides, she had it on one side. She took a break. Tay-tay went on the road! She just had a baby! Mkay!? She don’t live with her mama. You know? Everybody wants their checks on the first [laughs], so I went on the road. I didn’t allow myself time to heal, so, therefore, it’s going to take me longer. You know, I’m not ashamed [because] I can sing my face off at the end of the day. It’s there and you know, I don’t have to prove anything to anybody because whatever I had to prove, I have already proven to myself.”

In the video of her performance at Universal City Walk, homegirl was indeed singing her “face off” in her sequin gown, and fur (her makeup artist needs a talking to though), so we hope she will really allow herself and her voice in particular, to rest since it is very strong. Better to do that than to risk messing up your vocal chords for the long run…

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  • King Jess

    tamar do some workout miss thang

  • bella7155

    Something is going on with her face, I can’t put my finger on it but sometimes her cheeks look out of proportion with her face. I agree with some of the other posts, if she would shut up it would go a long way towards resting her voice. And what checks is she talking about? Her husband is a millionaire. If she doesn’t start taking care of her voice, there won’t be a singing career.

  • Bree White

    The hair and make up is all wrong, it must go!!

  • Bree White

    Her vocals have not been the best lately. I feel like they were much better last year!

  • Lioness domain

    I agree with her people will always have something to say! Whether it’s her voice, her clothes, her hair, her issues with her skin, people will say what they want. She is comfortable with who she is and that’s what I like about her. In my opinion she can sang and on her worst she sounds better than many of the people on the charts! People want to change her based on what they think is acceptable. At the end of the day your answer to God and yourself, that’s all that should count!

    • Kristen

      I’m right there with you but I think that is the issue with Tamar, she ISN’T comfortable with who she is. She says that the reason why she wears blonde weave is because she believes Vince is attracted to blonde women. Have you not seen the episodes where they are looking for a nanny and she’s claiming that the women are all in Vince’s face? And when Vince and LaShawn went to a yoga class and how Tamar reacted when a blonde was instructing them? She has also said that when she was younger she was picked on, so when someone says that she is actually doing a good job she has problems truly accepting what they are saying. She has also admitted that she was in at least two abusive relationships in her past. Plus she chooses to never have female background dancers on her concerts and videos. I love Tamar and I believe she is EXTREMELY talented but it’s clear that she still has a lot of personal problems that she can’t get over. Vince even says this many times. I believe that’s why she has such a big mouth, because of her insecurities (defense mechanism). Most people don’t want to change Tamar. We want her to get out of her own way sometimes.

  • Alexandrea Desteny Gray-Corujo

    I’ve never been a big fan of her voice. I dont find it special and the songs on the radio I’ve hated.

  • Necie

    Tamar should just do as Vince says and be quite, she don’t listen. To be a singer she screams way too much at her family & employees. Silence is Golden!

    • Yvette


  • janalang22

    Vocals…..how about she stop performing in that huggies onesie she be rocking on stage! In my Tamar Voice…..THATS NOT HOT!

  • Just saying!!

    Okay I will say this. I was at her Boston show when the tour was just kicking off and yes it was embarrassing and I felt embarrassed
    for her because I’m sure some people left thinking she couldn’t sing. As a singer myself, I understand the pressure you feel knowing this may be the only time someone hears u and yet u aren’t even in perfect voice.

    HOWEVER, the thing that concerns me is that Tamar (from what I can tell) thinks her vocal technique is fine and healthy and that these vocal issues are just due to singing too much. Truth of the matter is, as much as I love her and her voice, she has some serious technique issues she needs to work on if she wants to keep her voice healthy. I’m not saying a singer can’t get damaged chords from over singing, but if you’re over singing AND using improper technique, your voice is going to give. I think she assumes she’s fine because she can belt out the high notes, but her tone (in my opinion) is not as clear as it should be, she presses down on her larynx a lot when singing in her lower to middle register, and her voice is actually pretty squeaky right now. (Not throwing shade). Maybe she’ll even see this. It’s just dangerous to have a vocal problem like THAT and automatically assume you’re just singing too much, when Broadway singers are required to belt all the time at any time and in any condition.

    Sorry for the rant y’all, I had to get it off my chest because those vocal issues are what gets in her way during her live performances (especially the lack of breathe control).

    • Yvette

      No need to apologize. Say what you feel. I think part of the problem too is that Tamar talks to much. Not throwing shade just calling it like I see it. On the day of her performances, Tamar should not be uttering a word to anyone with the exception of cooing at her son. I want to root for Tamar but she just makes it so hard to do that. I would like for once to see her practice what she preaches. When she said “people are always gonna have something to say” I hope she is speaking about herself too because she is always poppin off at the mouth about someone.

      • Just saying!!

        You’re absolutely right. I’m shocked sometimes when I see her talking about her vocal issues and yet being so loud about it lol. When my voice is just a little bit under the weather I’m ready to put myself on vocal rest!! lol Plus I think her laugh isn’t the healthiest either, she has this big, low grunty laugh that is similar to how she sings when she sings lower notes (pressing on the larynx), which is why that part of her voice is so difficult to control.

  • Dee

    Like she said, anything she needed to prove, she has already proved to herself. Amen!

  • Brooklyn_Beauty_Danni

    the singing isn’t the problem here…it’s this marilyn monroe blonde weave that she is trying to rock that’s the real struggle…she looks horrible! where is her people? they need to be fired!

    • MuscleMansWoman

      The make-up too!!! Talk about the make-up!!! “She got it WRONG!!!” ~in my Tamar voice.

      • Danielle

        She’s really pretty but she always looks odd to me. Her plastic surgeon got it WRONG too.

    • BabyBlue


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