Toni Braxton Promises Upbeat New Album

R&B singer to begin work on fourth LP in March.

LOS ANGELES — After years of lovelorn ballads, Toni Braxton is out to give fans a strong dose of musical antidepressants with her next album.

“People like the slow, miserable love songs of Toni Braxton, but maybe the Prozac is working now, so let’s give ’em some happier songs,” the sultry soul singer said Wednesday.

Braxton, who will begin work on her as-yet-untitled fourth LP in March, said that after a few tough years, she has a new personal happiness to bring to her music this time around. Part of that, she said, stems from her recent engagement to Keri Lewis of Mint Condition.

Braxton was in Los Angeles on Wednesday to help announce the nominations for the 43rd annual Grammy Awards, picking up two nods herself — Best R&B Album for The Heat and Best Female R&B Vocal Performance for “He Wasn’t Man Enough.” The single is also up for Best R&B Song, which honors its songwriters, LaShawn Daniels, Fred and Rodney Jerkins, and Harvey Mason Jr.

The five-time Grammy winner said she was surprised by the popularity of “He Wasn’t Man Enough.”
“I didn’t even want to record the song — that’s what makes [the nominations] so much more wonderful,” Braxton said. “I told them, ’I don’t think we should record it — the record’s finished.’ But the record company said to do it. I’m so glad I did, because I’d be in big trouble if I hadn’t.

“Maybe my new record better have a few more ’Man Enough’ kinda songs.”