After dominating the R&B scene with her power ballads and love songs, Toni Braxton was willing to retire from music in 2013. In an interview with The Grio that same year, she explained why she nearly said goodbye. “For what I do I have to love it. I have to feel that excitement and it’s gone,” Braxton said. “I’m just not going to do any albums anymore; maybe touring occasionally here and there because I love performing, but not as much as I did in the past. But no new projects.”
During a 2013 episode of “Braxton Family Values,” Braxton told producer Babyface that she had no interest in making music and admitted she had nothing to sing about anymore. Fortunately, she was able to meet music legend Prince soon after who ended up convincing Braxton to not quit. “He taught me about preserving my music, my talent and to never compromise my integrity,” she told NBC in 2016. “Prince was one of the artists that called me when I was about to retire and he said, ‘Toni Braxton, you cannot retire. It’s too early and you’re gifted to even think this.'”
After returning to music, Braxton won her seventh Grammy Award for her “Love, Marriage & Divorce” collaboration album with Babyface. Her 2018 album “Sex & Cigarettes” also made noise and earned Braxton three more nominations.