"I've been incredibly busy for the last nine years building my career and traveling all
"I've been incredibly busy for the last nine years building my career and traveling all over the world," says ESSENCE "New and Next" singer Lira. "I really do feel the need to slow down for the first half of the year and reconnect with myself. I'd like to go somewhere quiet at least for a month. I know I'll inevitably start writing again and end up in the studio, which is fine. I've planned to take February and March off and I'll let the process develop from there. I look forward to an awesome 2013. I look forward to renewed energy and great prospects for personal and career growth."