Finally, Toni Braxton fans can “Breathe Again.”
In celebration of her 25 years in the music industry, the sultry R&B star has announced an official return to music with her first solo album in eight years, Sex and Cigarettes, out March 23. To kick it off, the seven-time Grammy Award-winning recording artist just released a new single, Long as I Live.
Now 50, Braxton never totally left the spotlight, thanks to her family’s hit WE TV reality series Braxton Family Values. But the singer, who before releasing a joint project with Babyface in 2014 hadn’t put out a new album since 2010, is happy to be getting back to her roots.
After spending years struggling with the debilitating effects of lupus, she is set to perform on a North American tour this spring and refuses to let illness get in the way of her music.
“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.
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“It’s energy to sing! I don’t know how she does it,” said Braxton of Gomez. “Some days, if I’m having a bad day and I still have to do a show, it’s a lot of, ‘You sing’ to the audience.”