When Toni Braxton hinted that she was planning a return from her short retirement yesterday, her fans spread the news across the web in excitement. However, the R&B icon new project isn’t exactly what many had hoped. In fact, the special duets album will be a collaborative effort recorded entirely with Babyface.
Braxton confirmed the nature of the album during the season finale of Braxton Family Values. Described by Babyface as following Mars vs. Venus concept, the record will be released in September via Motown and they already shot several promotional pictures as they prepare to issue the lead single within the coming weeks.
“I think I’ve made the right decision to get back involved with songwriting and working with [Babyface],” Braxton explained during the Braxton Family Values. “I can’t be afraid anymore. I have to live life. It’s okay to fail as long as you try. So, I’m going to try.”
“I think because Babyface and I have both gone through divorces, and we can relate” Braxton added. “We can collaborate together on this topic and make it so others who have gone through this situation can relate.”
Of course, as I explained during a Way Back Wednesday segment regarding Babyface’s songwriting, his style of songwriting is widely considered outdated in the current era of contemporary R&B. Yet, with the dominant radio trends currently depicting a shift, there may be a chance that he could experience a career revival with Braxton. Hey, if Lionel Ritchie could do it as a Country artist, there is certainly hope for anybody.
Watch the video for Braxton’s “You’re Making Me High”, which was produced and written by Babyface, below:
Info via Rap-Up!