R&B star Toni Braxton almost turned her back on the music industry and quit singing for good after enduring a difficult 2008 blighted by health problems.
The Unbreak My Heart singer was hospitalised in April 2008 after experiencing complications relating to her ongoing heart issue microvascular angina - a small vessel disease.
Her illness forced the cancellation of the final months of her Las Vegas residency at the Flamingo Hotel and Braxton admits she came close to hanging up her microphone forever.
But she struggled to stay away from music and signed a new record deal with Atlantic Records at the end of the year (08).
Braxton is set to release her sixth studio album next month (Feb10) and she confesses she's nervous about the prospect of performing live once more.
She says, "I'm a little nervous because it's been a while since I've been singing, but I enjoy performing so much that I had to do it.
"I tried to pull a Jay-Z and said I'm gonna retire, he couldn't do it either, so it's in my DNA, I had to come out and perform."
Hip-hop superstar Jay-Z announced his plans to quit rapping in 2002, but made a successful comeback in 2006 with the release of Kingdom Come.