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Babyface (musician)

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Babyface

Edmonds in May 2013
Background information
Birth name Kenneth Edmonds
Also known
as
Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds
Born April 10, 1959 (age 55)
Origin Indianapolis, Indiana, U.S.
Genres R&B, soul, new jack swing
Occupations Singer-songwriter, guitarist, keyboardist, record
producer, film producer, entrepreneur
Instruments Guitar, mandolin, keyboard
Years active 1977present
Labels Chi Sound
Solar
Epic
Arista
Mercury
Motown
Associated
acts
Madonna, K-Ci & JoJo, Whitney Houston, After
7, The Deele, Az Yet, Michael Jackson, Ariana
Grande, Jon B., Eric Clapton,Boyz II Men,
Milestone, Manchild,Vanessa L. Williams, Mariah
Carey, Mary J. Blige, Janet Jackson, Tamia, Paula
Abdul,Tevin Campbell, TLC, El DeBarge, Toni
Braxton, JLS
Website www.babyfacemusic.com
Notable instruments
Acoustic guitar, piano
Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds (born April 10, 1959) is an American R&B musician, singer
songwriter and record producer. He has written and produced over 26 No. 1 R&B hits throughout
his career. He has won 10 Grammy Awards.
Contents
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1 Early life
2 Music career
3 Other ventures
o 3.1 Writing and producing
o 3.2 Acting career and film producing
o 3.3 Soda Pop Records
4 Personal life
5 Legacy
o 5.1 Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds Highway
6 Discography
7 Awards
o 7.1 Grammy Awards
8 References
9 External links
Early life[edit]
Kenneth Edmonds was born on April 10, 1959, in Indianapolis, Indiana,
[1][2]
to Marvin and
Barbara Edmonds. Barbara was a pharmaceutical plant manager. Edmonds, who is the fifth of
six brothers (including future After 7 band members Melvin and Kevon Edmonds, the latter of
whom went on to have a modestly successful solo career), attended North Central High
School in Indianapolis, Indiana, and as a shy youth, wrote songs to express his
emotions.
[3]
When he was in eighth grade, Edmonds' father died of lung cancer, leaving his
mother to raise her sons alone.
[3]
At this stage, Edmonds became determined to have a career in
music.
[1]

Music career[edit]
Edmonds later played with funk performer Bootsy Collins, who tagged him "Babyface" because
of his cute face while he was still a teen. He also performed in the group Manchild (which had a
1976 hit "Especially for You" with band member Daryl Simmons), as he was a guitarist for the
band. Then, as a keyboardist in the light-funk and R&B group The Deele (which also included
drummer Antonio "L.A." Reid, with whom he would later form a successful writing and producing
partnership). One of his first major credits as a songwriter for outside artists came when he wrote
the tune "Slow-Jam" for the R&B band Midnight Star in 1983. The tune was on Midnight Star's
double-platinum No Parking on the Dance Floor album, and while it never hit the charts, the song
is still played onquiet storm radio stations. Babyface remained in The Deele until 1988, when
both he and Reid left the group.
His album Playlist consists of eight cover songs and two original works. It was released on
September 18, 2007. It was the first album on the newly re-launched Mercury Records label.
[4]

On February 4, 2014, he released a duets album with Toni Braxton titled Love, Marriage &
Divorce on Motown Records after numerous release date changes.
[5]

Other ventures[edit]
Writing and producing[edit]
In the late 1980s, he contributed to the creation of new jack swing, writing and producing music
for the likes of Bobby Brown, Karyn White, Pebbles, Paula Abdul and Sheena Easton.
In 1989, Edmonds co-founded LaFace Records with Reid. Three of the label's early
artists TLC, Usher, and Toni Braxton were successful, the former becoming one of the best
selling female groups in music history. Braxton's eponymous 1993 debut album went on to sell
over eight million copies, and earned her the 1994 Grammy Award Best New Artist. TLC's first
two albums on LaFace1992's Ooooooohhh... On the TLC Tip and 1994's CrazySexyCool
combined to sell more than 15 million copies in the U.S. CrazySexyCoolwon the 1996 Grammy
Award for Best R&B album.
Babyface helped form the popular late-90s R&B group Az Yet. Edmonds also helped to mold and
work closely with some of his former wife Tracey Edmonds acts such as Jon B and
producer Jon-John Robinson.
Edmonds works with many successful performers in contemporary music. Im Your Baby
Tonight, produced for Whitney Houston, was his first No. 1 Top 40 hit in the US. He also wrote
and produced Boyz II Men's "End of the Road" and "I'll Make Love to You," both of which
established records for the longest stay at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. He co-wrote, co-
produced, and provided backing vocals on Madonna's 1994 Bedtime Stories, which featured the
7-week No. 1 hit "Take a Bow," and shared billing with Eric Clapton on the chart-topping Grammy
winner "Change the World" from the Phenomenon soundtrack. He also wrote and produced the
No. 1 hit "Exhale (Shoop Shoop)" for Whitney Houston as well as the rest of the critically
acclaimed 10 million selling Waiting to Exhale soundtrack in 1995, which spawned additional hits
for Houston, Brandy and Mary J. Blige.
Additionally, Edmonds has produced and written music for many artists including Carole
King, Patti LaBelle, Chaka Khan, Aretha Franklin, Madonna, Janet Jackson, Faith Evans,Al
Green, Beyonc, Diana Ross, Sheena Easton, Toni Braxton, Michael Jackson, Michael
Bolton, Paula Abdul, Eric Clapton, Pebbles, Tevin Campbell, Bobby Brown, Whitney Houston,
Brandy, Mary J. Blige, Tamia, Shola Ama, 3T, Sisq, Dru Hill, Fall Out Boy, Cline
Dion, Honeyz, Katharine McPhee, Mariah Carey, Vanessa L. Williams, Chant Moore,En
Vogue, Kenny G, Kristinia DeBarge, Lil Wayne, Japanese singer Ken Hirai, P!nk, Marc
Nelson, TLC, Ariana Grande, and Phil Collins among others. He received three
consecutive Grammy Awards for Producer of the Year in 19951997.
Babyface was in the studio for about two years with Ashanti to produce her album The
Declaration.
[6]

He worked on the Lil Wayne album Tha Carter III, on the Kanye West-produced "Comfortable."
He also worked with R&B singer Monica for her sixth studio album Still Standing.
In 2013, Babyface served as producer for Ariana Grande's debut album Yours Truly, producing
majority of her songs, including her second single, "Baby I".
Acting career and film producing[edit]
In 1994, he appeared and performed on an episode of Beverly Hills, 90210 entitled "Mr. Walsh
Goes to Washington (Part 2)".
In the mid-1990s, Edmonds and his then wife Tracey Edmonds expanded into the business of
motion pictures, setting up Edmonds Entertainment Group and producing films such as Soul
Food (1997), Josie and the Pussycats (2001), and also the soundtrack for the film The Prince of
Egypt, which included contributions from numerous artists, including Mariah Carey and Whitney
Houston. They are the current executive producers of the hit BET reality series College Hill.
Edmonds also worked with David Foster to compose "The Power of the Dream," the official song
of the 1996 Summer Olympics, performed by superstar Cline Dion. Linda Thompson provided
the lyrics.
Babyface also participated as a duet partner on the Fox reality show Celebrity Duets.
Soda Pop Records[edit]
Soda Pop Records
Founded 2009
Founder Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds (CEO)
Status Active
Distributor(s) E1 Music
Genre R&B, Soul, New Jack Swing
Country of origin United States
Edmonds founded his record label Soda Pop Records in 2009. Since founding the label he has
signed R&B icons K-Ci & JoJo, releasing their first album for the label entitled My Brother's
Keeper. In 2013 Babyface secured a distribution deal with E1 Music for the label.
Current artists
Babyface
K-Ci & JoJo


Edmonds performing in 2009
Personal life[edit]
In 1990, Babyface met Tracey Edmonds when she auditioned for the music video "Whip Appeal".
They married on September 5, 1992 and they have two sons, Brandon and Dylan Michael. In
January 7, 2005, Tracey filed for divorce in Los Angeles County Superior Court, citing
irreconcilable differences. In October 2005, Babyface and Tracey finally announced that they
were ending their marriage of thirteen years.
In 2007, Babyface began dating his backup dancer Nicole "Nikki" Pantenburg (former dancer and
personal friend of Janet Jackson). In September 2008, Babyface and Nicole welcomed a
daughter, Peyton Nicole Edmonds.
[7]

On December 2, 2012, Babyface worked at a local Nathan's for charity. All proceeds went to
Toys for Tots.
Legacy[edit]
Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds Highway[edit]
In 1999, a 25-mile (40-km) stretch of Interstate 65 that runs through Indianapolis was renamed
Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds Highway.
[8]

Discography[edit]
Main article: Babyface discography
Solo albums
Lovers (1986)
Tender Lover (1989)
A Closer Look (1991)
For the Cool in You (1993)
The Day (1996)
Christmas with Babyface (1998)
Face2Face (2001)
Grown & Sexy (2005)
Playlist (2007)
Collaboration albums
Love, Marriage & Divorce (with Toni Braxton) (2014)
Awards[edit]
On August 30, 2006, Babyface was honored as a BMI Icon at the 6th annual BMI Urban
Awards.
[9]
Throughout his career, Babyface has won the BMI Pop Songwriter of the Year trophy
seven times and a total of 51 BMI Awards, which includes Song of the Year for his Toni Braxton
hit, "Breathe Again," in 1994.
[10]

Babyface was honored with the 2,508th star of the Hollywood Walk of Fame on October 10,
2013. The star is located at 6270 Hollywood Boulevard.
[11]

Grammy Awards[edit]
Year Recipient Award Result
1989
"Don't Be Cruel" Best Rhythm & Blues Song Nominated

Producer of the Year (Non-Classical) Nominated
1990
"Every Little Step"
Best Rhythm & Blues Song
Nominated
"Superwoman" Nominated
"It's No Crime" Best R&B Instrumental Performance Nominated

Producer of the Year (Non-Classical) Nominated
1991
"Whip Appeal" Best R&B Vocal Performance, Male Nominated
"My, My, My" Best Rhythm & Blues Song Nominated
1993
"End of the Road" Best Rhythm & Blues Song Won

Producer of the Year (Non-Classical) Nominated
1994
The Bodyguard: Original Soundtrack
Album of the Year Won
Album (as a Producer)
"For the Cool in You" Best R&B Vocal Performance, Male Nominated
"Can We Talk" Best Rhythm & Blues Song Nominated
1995
"When Can I See You"
Best Male R&B Vocal Performance Won
Best Rhythm & Blues Song
Nominated
"I'll Make Love to You" Won
"You Mean the World to Me" Nominated
1996

Producer of the Year Won
"Someone to Love" (with Jon B.) Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals Nominated
"Red Light Special"
Best Rhythm & Blues Song
Nominated
"You Can't Run" Nominated
1997
"Change The World" (as a Producer) Record of the Year Won
"Exhale (Shoop Shoop)"
Song of the Year Nominated
Best Rhythm & Blues Song
Won
"Sittin' up in My Room" Nominated
"You're Makin' Me High" Nominated
"Slow Jam"
Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group
Nominated
with Vocal

Producer of the Year Won
1998
The Day
Album of the Year Nominated
Best R&B Album Nominated
"Every Time I Close My Eyes" Best Male Pop Vocal Performance Nominated

Producer of the Year, Non-Classical Won
"How Come, How Long" (feat. Stevie
Wonder)
Best Short Form Music Video Nominated
1999 Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals Nominated
2013 "Pray For Me" Best R&B Song Nominated
2014 "Girl on Fire" (as a Producer) Best R&B Album Won
References[edit]
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b
Simon Glickman and Kelly Winters. "Babyface
Biography". musicianguide. Archived from the original on June
12, 2011. Retrieved 2011-05-10.
2. Jump up^ Steve Huey. "Babyface Biography". allmusic.
Retrieved 2011-05-10.
3. ^ Jump up to:
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b
"Babyface Biography". AskMen. Retrieved
2011-05-10.
4. Jump up^ "Babyface official website on Island Records".
Island Records. January 20, 2007. Retrieved 2014-02-03.
5. Jump up^ "Love, Marriage & Divorce Babyface,Toni Braxton
| Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 2014-
02-03.
6. Jump up^ "YouTube". YouTube. Retrieved 2014-02-03.
7. Jump up^ Wihlborg, Ulrica (2008-09-26). "Kenneth 'Babyface'
Edmonds Is a New Dad! Babies, Kenneth \Babyface\
Edmonds". People.com. Retrieved 2014-02-03.
8. Jump up^ "Babyface Biography". Perfect People. Retrieved
2014-02-03.
9. Jump up^ "Hitmakers Babyface and L.A. Reid To Be Honored
as BMI Icons at 6th Annual Urban Awards". Bmi.com.
Retrieved 2010-09-27.
10. Jump up^ "Talent, Timing Put Babyface on Top". Bmi.com.
Retrieved 2010-09-27.
11. Jump up^ "Babyface lands star on Hollywood Walk of Fame".
Hollywood.com. 2013-09-30. Retrieved 2013-10-01.
External links[edit]
Official website
Babyface at Bmi.com
Babyface at the Internet Movie Database
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Babyface (musician)
1959 births
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