Multi-platinum, seven-time Grammy Award®-winning superstar and icon Toni Braxton will release SEX & CIGARETTES on March 23 via Def Jam Recordings. SEX & CIGARETTES – the ninth album in Toni’s legendary career – is her first studio album since 2014’s Grammy-winning collaboration with Babyface, Love, Marriage & Divorce and her first solo album in almost a decade. The album was co-produced by Toni herself and includes the single “Deadwood,” (released September 2017), which recently topped the charts at Urban AC radio. Her brand new single “Long As I Live” is out now, and is one of several tracks Toni co-wrote and produced for the album. The album also includes a duet with Colbie Caillat (on “My Heart”).
This year commemorates 25 years in the music business for Toni Braxton, since the release of her eponymously titled 8x-platinum debut album in 1993, on Arista Records. The album included her career-defining worldwide hits “Another Sad Love Song” and “Breathe Again,” which made Grammy® history by winning consecutive awards in 1994 and 1995 respectively, for Best Female R&B Performance. The album also generated Toni’s 1994 Grammy® as Best New Artist.
SEX & CIGARETTES marks Toni’s first major release since Love, Marriage & Divorce, her Grammy®-winning Best R&B Album collaboration with Kenny ‘Babyface’ Edmonds, released February 2014. A critically acclaimed landmark project for both artists, Love, Marriage & Divorce was hailed as a “quiet-storm oasis” in People magazine’s 3-star review, and “a re-animator” by the New York Times.
In March 2014, Toni Braxton became the latest Grammy Award®-winning artist to join the cast of the Broadway musical After Midnight as “Special Guest Star” vocalist (with Babyface), for a limited engagement run at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre. After Midnight reintroduced the Cotton Club’s exciting tradition of welcoming contemporary artists in limited engagements throughout the musical’s 272-performance run. In May 2014, Toni’s heartfelt memoir Unbreak My Heart was published by HarperCollins. She and her sisters have enjoyed huge success inBraxton Family Values, one of WE tv’s flagship reality series which makes it highly anticipated return this March.