Babyface Reschedules ‘Waiting To Exhale’ Live Performance, Impersonates Toni Braxton
Babyface was supposed to do a live performance of the Waiting To Exhale soundtrack that he wrote and produced a day before Mother’s Day. However, the super-producer and songwriter postponed the virtual performance but has recently scheduled it.
On Tuesday (May 19), Babyface took to Instagram to announce that he has rescheduled the Instagram Live performance for Sunday, May 24 at 8 pm EST, 5 pm PST via his Instagram page.
“Let’s try this again…Let’s celebrate Waiting to Exhale this Sunday, May 24th, 2020 at 8 PM EST, 5 PM PST on Instagram Live,” Babyface wrote in the caption of his post.
In the post that Babyface made announcing the rescheduled performance, he shared a hilarious video where he talks about how he wrote Toni Braxton’s “Let It Flow,” which appeared on the Waiting to Exhale soundtrack.
“Hey, everybody. Twenty years ago, or so I sat down with my guitar and started to write a song for Toni Braxton and the Waiting To Exhale movie project. Now, When you’re writing a song for Toni, you kind of have to write in a specific way,” Babyface said in the video that he shared.
“So I’d like to share a little secret on how to write a song for Toni Braxton. First, you need a glass of water. I prefer bottled water but in a pinch, I will use tap water. Second, take a sip and swallow but leave a little in the bottom of your mouth. This way, they won’t completely understand the words you’re singing. Third, sing with lots of emotion.”
Babyface then began hilariously singing “Let It Flow” as if he were Braxton before plugging the virtual performance. “Sunday, May 24th, 2020…Come to help me celebrate and hear the stories about the music and the ladies of Waiting To Exhale.”
The Waiting To Exhale soundtrack, which featured Whitney Houston (who also starred in the film), Braxton, Aretha Franklin Brandy, TLC, Mary J. Blige, Chaka Khan, Sonja Marie, SWV, Chante Moore, Patti LaBelle, Faith Evans, For Real, Shanna, and CeCe Winans was released on November 14, 1995.
The album received 11 Grammy nominations. However, it only won one for Best R&B Song for “Exhale (Shoop, Shoop),” which was sung by the late Houston. The soundtrack also won two American Music Awards for Favorite Soundtrack and Favorite Adult Contemporary Artist (Houston).
The Babyface produced soundtrack also won two ASCAP awards, a Billboard Music Award, and four BMI awards, among countless others. The soundtrack is also certified six-times platinum by the RIAA.