Toni Braxton is officially back, marking her 25th anniversary in the music industry with her first solo album in eight years, “Sex and Cigarettes,” out March 23.
The seven-time Grammy winner gets the ball rolling with first single “Long as I Live,” a a soulful ’90s-flavored ditty about breaking up and moving on. (Listen below.) Also on the album is “My Heart,” a duet with fellow Grammy-winner Colbie Caillat, and the much-buzzed about “Heart Away” featuring Toni’s rapper boyfriend Birdman.
After spending years struggling with the debilitating effects of lupus, Braxton is also set to launch a North American tour this spring. Details and dates have yet to be announced.
“I feel so blessed because the doctors told me I would never be able to perform, I would never be able to travel or anything, but, you know, whole different plan for me,” she recently told People.
Braxton, 50, hasn’t released a solo studio album since 2010. She dropped a joint album with Babyface in 2014 and has remained in the public eye thanks to her family’s hit WE TV reality series “Braxton Family Values.”
Listen to first single “Long as I Live” below.