A blast from the past visits the studio this morning. You know her from her multiple chart-topping songs with the female trio TLC. Songs like "Waterfalls", “No Scrubs” and “Unpretty” are sure to come to mind.
Tionne "T-Boz" Watkins is a songwriter, a four-time Grammy winner, an actress, and now the star of a new reality show called "Totally T-Boz". Airing on Tuesdays on TLC, "Totally T-Boz" shows the artist as she deals with recovering from a brain tumor, raising her daughter, and sustaining her musical career. She touches on all of that on “Starting Point” today.
T-Boz, who considers herself very private, turned down other reality show opportunities. She says she was surprised she decided to do "Totally T-Boz". “I can't believe I'm doing this, but I did it because it kind of fell on my lap,” she says. “I was like, this is where I'm at in my life and TLC was interested in following me, not leading me, and there's not ten years of technology to tell you about a the brain tumor, so maybe I can speak up and help somebody and then you'll learn more about me, TLC and how I became who I am today.”
T-Boz has not only recovered from removing a brain tumor, she also battles sickle-cell anemia. But she says she feels great. “I’m done with physical therapy. I’m back on my feet. Of course I have sickle cell,” she says. “There's no cure, so I deal with that but I’m doing great honestly. I just have to take care of myself.”
At age 42, T-Boz is doing just that and much more. VH1 is doing a biopic about TLC celebrating the group’s 20th anniversary and T-Boz says she is willing to dedicate time working on music for the movie and look after herself. “I think if you strategically plan it out right, I can do both, because I have to,” she says. “This can't last forever and I think you should use this avenue to move and merge on to other things.”
That includes charity work. “I help people in my personal time,” she says. “That's what I do because I was that kid in the hospital; I was told I couldn't live past 30 or have kids. They said I’d be disabled and I superseded that. So meshing music with charity,...I found that niche here to bring both of my passions together.”