Tamar Braxton's entry into the music industry came through her five-member sibling group, the Braxtons, which featured older sisters Traci, Trina, Towanda, and, most notably, Toni. The quartet released one single, the number 79 Billboard R&B single "Good Life," for Arista in 1990. The group was dropped, but Toni was subsequently signed by LaFace and featured her sisters as part of her backing group. Minus Toni and Traci, the Braxtons signed to Atlantic and released the moderately successful So Many Ways in 1996; a Masters at Work remix of their Diana Ross cover, "The Boss," topped Billboard's club chart.
Tamar eventually left the group to establish a solo career on the Dreamworks label. After a false start, Tamar released a self-titled album in 2000 that placed two singles on the charts, including the Top 30 R&B hit "If You Don't Wanna Love Me," co-written by Christopher "Tricky" Stewart and Xscape's LaTocha Scott. She continued to perform background vocals for Toni's albums and was briefly signed to Casablanca -- an association that did not pan out. She took part in the reality series Braxton Family Values and Tamar & Vince and signed to Epic. Her December 2012 single "Love and War" peaked at number five on the R&B/Hip-Hop chart and preceded her album of the same title, released the following September. It debuted at number two on the Billboard 200. Only two months later, she released the holiday album Winter Loversland. Three Grammy nominations for Love and War and its title track followed shortly after that. As she maintained her reality television profile, she recorded her third proper studio album, Calling All Lovers, which was released in 2015. ~ Andy Kellman