Reid, Simmons and Babyface originally recruited Toni Braxton to record some demos for some songs they were writing for Anita Baker for the soundtrack of Boomerang
. Daryl Simmons recalled to Songwriter Universe
"We started working on these songs for Anita Baker. But everytime we'd send a song to Anita Baker, she called back and said she didn't like it, for whatever reason. We sent her four songs, including 'Give U My Heart,' 'Love Shoulda Brought You Home' and 'Another Sad Love Song
.' In the meantime, Toni and I were in the studio demoing these songs for Anita, with Toni putting the vocal down.
So we got Anita on the phone, and we're standing around hearing her on the speakerphone, and L.A. says, 'What about this one?' And she says, 'Well you know, I don't really…the beat on that one really scares me.' Then she says, 'What about the girl you got singing on the demo? Why don't you let her sing it?' And we all looked at each other, and L.A. says (to Anita), 'Okay, thank you.' (the phone clicks). He then said, 'Toni, you got four songs for your album.' And Toni was so ecstatic!
So we decided that Toni would sing (the duet) 'Give U My Heart' with Kenny, for the Boomerang
soundtrack. We would introduce Toni to the world, with Kenny, on the soundtrack. And so that's how that came about."