Picks and Pans Review: Catching Up with

updated 09/12/2005 at 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 09/12/2005 01:00AM

Toni Braxton

After taking time off to be with her husband, musician Keri Lewis, and their two sons, six-time Grammy winner Toni Braxton, 38, returns with her seventh CD, Libra, on Sept. 27.

ON HER NEW ALBUM'S TITLE I am a Libra, and I'm always trying to find balance in my life between motherhood and my career.

ON IF HER KIDS LIKE HER MUSIC They don't particularly like my singing voice. It's too heavy. When I sing for them, I have to sing in a mousey voice. They like Barney and Elmo.

ON GETTING OLDER I'm very comfortable with my age. Sometimes musicians hit their 30s and people go, "Oh, she's older." But I'm not dead. It's really strange, especially for women. You have to remind people that you're still sexy.

ON BEING DIAGNOSED WITH PERICARDITIS IN 2003 It's scary to have heart disease in my 30s. I realized that I'm a mom and a wife, and I want to be around in my 80s and 90s, so I have to take care of myself.

ON HER FAVRORITE TONI BRAXTON SONG "Breathe Again." When I first heard it, I fell in love.

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