Toni Braxton is strutting the promotional pavement for new album ‘Sex & Cigarettes’ – which drops this Friday.
During her press run, she lifted the lid on collaborations that were in the plans with fellow divas Mariah Carey and Janet Jackson.
Speaking to Pride Source, the 50-year-old opened up about two occasions where duets with the legends were on the cards. Interestingly, in the case of Jackson, it was very recent:
Peep the excerpts:
Why did we get a Whitney and Mariah duet and never a Mariah and Toni duet?
You know, Mariah had reached out to me about doing a duet, but unfortunately, it was just before I knew the bankruptcy was gonna happen (Braxton filed for bankruptcy in 1998 and 2010), but no one in the world knew. So when she asked me about doing a song together, immediately I wanted to say yes, but I couldn’t because what was about to unfold.
Why aren’t you calling her right now?
I’m gonna have to do that. There was talk about of me and Janet doing a song together on this particular project, but she was pregnant. But my people had talked about it. “Perhaps you and Jan should do a song together.” But, hey, maybe me and Mariah. We were neighbors for a second, so I probably should’ve reached out to her then, but it’s never too late. You’re actually gonna spark me to maybe talk to her about doing a remix or something. That’s actually a really good idea.
The prospect of both collabs is oh so titillating – especially when considering that they aren’t out of the realm of possibility in the future.
More broadly, we’d love to see legends of their stature come together more often. As their talents and narratives compliment each another well.