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With Babyface's help, Toni Braxton is ready to sing again
With Babyface's help, Toni Braxton is ready to sing again

In February, Severn native Toni Braxton said she was ready to retire from music to focus on acting. Even though the 45-year-old singer has sold more than 60 million records worldwide and has six Grammy Awards on her shelf, Braxton was "a little depressed" at the time, she says now. It took a pep talk from an old friend — Kenny "Babyface" Edmonds, the songwriter who helped launch the singer's career — to uplift and reinvigorate Braxton. "He understood what I was going through. I had my illness," said Braxton, who suffers from the autoimmune disease lupus. "He said, 'Your story isn't always going to be smiley faces, Toni. You...

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