Toni Braxton and husband Keri Lewis are making more than just a family together these days.
The couple, whose second child is due in the spring, co-executive produced Braxton’s next album with Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds and L.A. Reid, and worked on many of the songs together.
More Than a Woman, due November 19, also features super producers Rodney Jerkins (see “Toni Braxton Making ’Hit After Hit,’ Rodney Jerkins Promises” ), Irv Gotti and the Neptunes, who handled the album’s up-tempo first single, “Hit the Freeway.”
Braxton’s fifth album finds the sultry singer stepping out as a songwriter and experimenting more with hip-hop, according to her Arista Records spokesperson.
“I’m ready to show other sides of what I can do musically,” Braxton said in a statement. “My first love has always been R&B, and I’ve been into hip-hop since it first started. On each of my albums I’ve done things to introduce people to other aspects of what I’m about musically. It’s so funny, when people hear I’m working with the Neptunes, they’re like, ’I wonder what that will sound like.’ I’m just being a part of my own generation, and we grew up with rap and hip-hop as well as R&B.”
Braxton co-wrote several of the More Than a Woman tracks with her sister Tamar, including “Let Me Show You the Way,” “Selfish” and “Me and My Boyfriend,” which is based on Tupac Shakur’s “Me and My Girlfriend.”
Other tracks expected to make the final track list are “Better Man”; the Lewis-penned, rock-flavored “Lies, Lies, Lies”; and “Always,” a love song written by Brandy’s husband, Big Burt.
Braxton, who released The Heat in 2000 and a holiday album last fall, shot the video for “Hit the Freeway” in Los Angeles last month with directors David Meyers (Britney Spears, Pink) and Charles Infante (Kurupt).
The singer is filming another video in L.A. this week, for “Baby We Can Do It,” a collaboration with Cash Money’s Baby (see “Cash Money’s Baby Makes Video Plans With P. Diddy, Toni Braxton” ).