Who is Keri Lewis?
You have heard about Tony Braxton, and are familiar with her career, right? However, do you know anything about her ex-husband, Keri Lewis? Do you know that he is also an acclaimed musician, and that he was a part of the R&B band Mint Condition? You probably haven’t, so read about him in this text, as we bring you closer to this prominent singer, songwriter and record producer. Born Keriston Jamal Lewis on the 12th February 1971, in Minneapolis, Minnesota USA, he came to prominence with the R&B band Mint Condition, of which he was a part from its inception in 1984 until 2005. He released four albums with the group, which was only a door to his future projects.
Keri Lewis Bio: Early Life, Parents, and Education
Keri hasn’t revealed much of his youth, including the names of his parents and whether he has any siblings or not. He attended Central High School in Saint Paul, and from an early age became interested in music, starting by playing the piano and other keyboards, and was soon recruited by the R&B band Mint Condition.
Keri became an original member of Mint Condition in the early ‘80s, as a keyboardist, percussionist and rhythm guitarist as well. Other members included Stokeley Williams, lead singer, Homer O’Dell, rhythm guitarist, then Jeff Allen on keyboards and saxophone, while Larry Waddell was on keyboards too. Later they were joined by bass guitarist Rick Kinchen.
Rise to Prominence
Discovered in the late ‘80s by the music producer duo Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, when they were performing in a local club in Minneapolis called First Avenue, it turned out to be their breakthrough performance as Mint Condition were signed to their first record label, Perspective Records in 1989. Two years later, Mint Condition had their debut studio album released, entitled “Meant to Be Mint”, which spawned such hits as “Breakin’ My Heart (Pretty Brown Eyes)”, and “Forever in Your Eyes”. They continued in the same rhythm with the album “From the Mint Factory”, which came out in 1994, reaching No. 18 on the R&B chart, and spawning hits such as “U Send Me Swingin”, which peaked at No. 2 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop chart, then “Someone to Love” and “So Fine”. The group was slowly reaching stardom, and in 1996 released their most successful album until then, “Definition of a Band”, which peaked at No. 15 on the R&B Top chart, and with hits “What Kind Of Man Would I Be?”, launched them to prominence.
Further Success, Hiatus, and Solo Career
Other singles from the album also became quite popular, including “You Don’t Have to Hurt No More”, and “Let Me Be the One”, which helped the album achieve gold status in the US. Unfortunately, Perspective Records ceased to exist in 1999 and the group was left without a record label, but following their previous success, they soon signed a contract with Electra Records, through which they released their fourth album – “Life’s Aquarium” – which became popular largely thanks to the single “If You Love Me”. The group then went on an unexplained six-year hiatus, and when they returned to the studio, Keri wasn’t with them. He became focused on making music with other artists, including his now ex-wife, and solo, releasing one studio album – “Love” – which came out in 2005. Since then, he has particularly worked with Tony, but since their divorce, Keri hasn’t made anything new, and is now apparently focused on raising his children.
Keri Lewis Net Worth
Since launching his career, Keri has become a prominent musician and record producer, steadily increasing his wealth. So, have you ever wondered how rich Keri Lewis is, as of late 2018? According to authoritative sources, it has been estimated that Lewis’ net worth is as high as $50 million. Pretty impressive don’t you think?
Happy Birthday to my youngest Big Boy Diezel!! Love you buddy!! pic.twitter.com/UgcK4JZrxx
— Keri Lewis (@KeriJLewis) March 30, 2014
Keri Lewis Marriage, Children, Divorce
Keri is the ex-husband of the music legend Toni Braxton. The two met while on a tour together, as Keri’s Mint Condition were the opening act to Toni. The two first started a friendship, which eventually turned into a romantic relationship, and they married on the 21st April 2001 and subsequently welcomed two sons, Denim Cole Braxton-Lewis and Diezel Ky Braxton-Lewis. Her second pregnancy was troublesome and her son was later diagnosed with autism. The couple separated in 2009, but their divorce was only finalized in 2013, after a long battle over children’s custody and other legal problems. Since the divorce, Keri has remained single, while Toni has recently announced her engagement to rapper Birdman.
Keri Lewis ex-Wife, Toni Braxton
Now that we have covered all there is to know about Keri Lewis, let’s share some information about his ex-wife Toni Braxton.
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Born Toni Michelle Braxton on the 7th October 1967, in Severn, Maryland, she is the daughter of Michael Conrad Braxton Sr, and Evelyn Jackson. She has five younger siblings, a brother Michael Jr. and sisters, Traci, Towanda, Trina, and Tamar, with whom she went on to perform as The Braxtons before launching her solo career. She released only one album with the group, but since the early ‘90s has released eight studio albums “Toni Braxton” (1993), “Secrets” (1996) – both achieving multi-platinum status in the USA – then “The Heat” (2000), “More Than a Woman” in 2002, and “Sex & Cigarettes” in 2018.
Her most notable songs are “Un-break My Heart”, “You’re Makin’ Me High”, and “He Wasn’t Man Enough”, among many other hits. So far she has sold more than 67 million albums and has received seven Grammy Awards, in addition to seven American Music Awards, and nine Billboard Music Awards, among other recognitions.
If you are wondering, Toni Braxton’s net worth is estimated by authoritative sources at over $10 million, as of late 2018.