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Babyface Edmonds
Birth name Kenneth Brian Edmonds
Also known as Kenneth Edmonds Babyface
Born April 10, 1958 (1958-04-10) (age 51)
Origin Indianapolis, Indiana, United States
Genres R&B/soul
Occupations Singer, songwriter, guitarist, keyboardist, record producer, film producer, entrepreneur
Instruments Guitar, mandolin, keyboard
Years active 1977 – present
Labels Chi-sound (1977-1980?)
Solar / CBS (1981-1991)
Epic (1992-2000)
Arista (2001-2005)
Mercury / Island (2007-present)
Associated acts After 7, The Deele, Az Yet, Michael Jackson, Jon B, Boyz II Men, Milestone, Manchild
Website www.babyfacemusic.com
Notable instruments
Acoustic guitar, piano

Kenneth Brian "Babyface" Edmonds (born April 10, 1958), is an American R&B and pop singer, songwriter, guitarist, keyboardist, record producer, film producer, and entrepreneur.

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Biography

Kenneth Edmonds was born on April 10, 1958, in Indianapolis, Indiana[1] to Marvin and Barbara Edmonds. Barbara was a pharmaceutical plant manager. Edmonds, who is the fifth of six brothers (which also included future After 7 bandmembers Melvin and Kevon Edmonds, the latter of whom later had a modestly successful solo career), attended North Central High School in Indianapolis, Indiana and as a shy youth, wrote songs to express his emotions.[citation needed] When he was in eighth grade, Edmonds's father died of lung cancer, leaving his mother to raise her sons alone. At this stage, Edmonds became determined to have a career in music.[1]

Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds Highway

In 1999, a 25-mile (40-km) stretch of Interstate 65 that runs through Indianapolis was renamed Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds Highway.[2]

Marital Status

In October 2005, Edmonds and his wife, Tracey Edmonds, announced that they were ending their marriage of thirteen years. They have two sons, Brandon and Dylan Michael. Edmonds began dating his backup dancer Nicole "Nikki" Pantenburg (former dancer and personal friend for Janet Jackson) in 2007. In September 2008, Edmonds and Nicole welcomed a daughter, Peyton Nicole Edmonds [3].

Career

Early career

Edmonds later played with funk performer Bootsy Collins, who tagged him "Babyface" while he was still a teen. He also played in the groups Manchild (which had a 1977 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 on quiet storm shows. Babyface remained in The Deele until 1988, when both he and Reid left the group.

Commercial success

In the late 1980s, he was responsible for contributing to the creation of new jack swing and was responsible for writing and producing music for the likes of Bobby Brown, Karyn White, Pebbles, Paula Abdul and '80s icon Sheena Easton.

In 1989, Edmonds co-founded LaFace Records with Reid. Two of the label's early artists Toni Braxton and TLC were successful. 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 LaFace—1992's Ooooooohhh.... On the TLC Tip and 1994's CrazySexyCool—combined to sell more than 15 million copies in the U.S. CrazySexyCool won the 1996 Grammy Award for Best R&B album.

Babyface helped form the popular late-90s R&B group Az Yet.

Edmonds works with many successful performers in contemporary music. “I’m Your Baby Tonight,” produced for Whitney Houston, was his first #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 #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. He co-wrote, co-produced, and provided backing vocals on Madonna's 1995 7-week #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 #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 Whitney Houston, Brandy and Mary J. Blige.

Additionally, Edmonds has produced and written music for many artists including Prince, Beyoncé, Diana Ross, Sheena Easton, Toni Braxton, Michael Jackson, Paula Abdul, Pebbles, Tevin Campbell, Bobby Brown, Whitney Houston, Brandy, Mary J. Blige, Tamia, Janet Jackson, Shola Ama, 3T, Sisqo, Dru Hill, Fall Out Boy,Céline Dion, Katharine McPhee, Mariah Carey, Vanessa L. Williams, En Vogue, Eric Clapton, Madonna, Kristinia DeBarge, Aretha Franklin, Japanese singer Ken Hirai, P!nk, Marc Nelson and Phil Collins among others. He received three consecutive Grammy Awards for Producer of the Year in 1995–1997.

In 1994, he appeared and performed on an episode Beverly Hills 90210 titled 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. 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 Céline Dion. Linda Thompson provided the lyrics.

Babyface also participated as a duet partner on the Fox reality show Celebrity Duets.

Babyface was in the studio for about two years with Ashanti to produce her album The Declaration [4].

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 [5].

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 upcoming album Still Standing.

Discography

References

  1. ^ a b Musician Guide:Babyface
  2. ^ Perfect People.com:Babyface
  3. ^ Babyface has daughter
  4. ^ YouTube
  5. ^ "Babyface official website on Island Records". n/a. Island Records. January 20, 2007. http://www6.islandrecords.com/site/artist_home.php?artist_id=637. 

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Kenneth 'Babyface' Edmonds
Birth name Kenneth Brian Edmonds
Also known as Kenneth Edmonds Babyface
Born April 10, 1958 (1958-04-10) (age 51)
Origin Indianapolis, Indiana, United States
Genre(s) R&B/soul
Occupation(s) Singer, songwriter, guitarist, keyboardist, record producer, film producer, and entrepreneur
Instrument(s) Guitar, mandolin, keyboard
Years active 1979 – present
Label(s) SOLAR Records (1983?-????)
Epic (1989?-2000)
Arista (2001-2005)
Island (2007-present)
Mercury (2007-present)
Associated acts After 7, The Deele, Az Yet, Jon B, Boyz II Men, Milestone, Manchild
Website www.babyfacemusic.com
Notable instrument(s)
Acoustic guitar, piano

Kenneth Brian "Babyface" Edmonds (born April 10, 1958), is an American R&B and pop singer, songwriter, guitarist, keyboardist, record producer, film producer, and entrepreneur.

Contents

Biography

Edmonds, who is the fifth of six brothers (Kevon Edmonds also had a solo album), attended North Central High School in Indianapolis, Indiana and as a shy youth, wrote songs to express his emotions.

In October 2005, Edmonds and his wife, Tracey, announced that they were ending their marriage of thirteen years. They have two sons, Brandon and Dylan Michael.

Edmonds began dating his backup dancer Nicole "Nikki" Pantenburg in 2007. In September 2008, Edmonds and Nicole welcomed a daughter, Peyton Nicole Edmonds [1].

Career

Early career

Edmonds later played with funk performer Bootsy Collins, who tagged him "Babyface" while he was still a teen. He also played in the groups Manchild (which had a 1977 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 co-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 on quiet storm shows. Babyface remained in The Deele until 1988, when both he and Reid left the group.

Commercial success

In the late 1980s, he was responsible for contributing to the creation of new jack swing and was responsible for writing music for the likes of Bobby Brown, Karyn White, Pebbles and Paula Abdul.

In 1989, Edmonds co-founded LaFace Records with Reid. Two of the label's first artists Toni Braxton and TLC were successful. Braxton's eponymous 1993 debut album went on to sell over eight-million copies, and earned her a Grammy Award as the year's best new artist in 1994. TLC's first two albums on LaFace — 1992's Ooooooohhh.... On the TLC Tip and 1994's CrazySexyCool — combined to sell more than 15 million copies in the U.S. CrazySexyCool won the 1996 Grammy Award for Best R&B album.

Babyface helped form the popular late-90s R&B group, Az Yet.

Edmonds works with many6 successful performers in contemporary music. “I’m Your Baby Tonight”, produced for Whitney Houston, is his first #1 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 #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. He co-wrote, co-produced, and provided backing vocals on Madonna's 1995 7 week-#1 hit "Take a Bow", he shared billing with Eric Clapton on the chart-topping Grammy winner "Change the World" from the Phenomenon soundtrack. He also wrote and produced the #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 Whitney Houston, Brandy and Mary J. Blige.

Additionally, Edmonds has produced and written music for many artists including Diana Ross, Sheena Easton, Toni Braxton, Michael Jackson, Paula Abdul, Pebbles, Tevin Campbell, Bobby Brown, Whitney Houston, Brandy, Mary J. Blige, Tamia, Janet Jackson, Shola Ama, 3T, Sisqo, Dru Hill, Fall Out Boy,Céline Dion, Katharine McPhee, Mariah Carey, Vanessa L. Williams, En Vogue, Eric Clapton, Madonna, Aretha Franklin, Japanese singer Ken Hirai, Pink, Marc Nelson and Phil Collins among others. He received three consecutive Grammy Awards for Producer of the Year in 1995–1997.

In 1994, he appeared and performed on an episode Beverly Hills 90210, titled 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 Production Company" and producing films such as Soul Food (1997) and Josie and the Pussycats (2001). 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 Céline Dion. Linda Thompson provided the lyrics.

In 1999, a 25-mile (40-km) stretch of Interstate 65 that runs through Indianapolis was renamed Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds Highway.

Babyface also participated as a duet partner on the Fox reality show Celebrity Duets.

Babyface was in the studio for about two years with Ashanti to produce her album The Declaration [2].

His album Playlist consists of eight cover songs and two original works. It was released on September 18, 2007. It will be the first album on the newly re-launched Mercury Records Label [3].

He was on the Lil Wayne album, Tha Carter III, on the Kanye West-produced "Comfortable." He also worked with R&B singer Monica for her upcoming album, Still Standing.

Discography

Albums

Other releases

Singles

Year Title Chart Positions Album
U.S. U.S. R&B UK
1986 "Lovers" - 42 - Lovers
1987 "I Love You Babe" - 8 -
"If We Try" - 65 -
"Mary Mack" - 29 -
1989 "Love Saw It" (duet with Karyn White) - 1 - Karyn White's Karyn White (original version)
A Closer Look (remix version)
"It's No Crime" 7 1 - Tender Lover
"Tender Lover" 14 1 86
1990 "Whip Appeal" 6 2 -
"My Kinda Girl" 30 3 -
"Love Makes Things Happen" (duet with Pebbles) 13 1 - Pebbles' Always (original version)
A Closer Look (remix version)
1992 "Give U My Heart" (duet with Toni Braxton) 29 2 - Boomerang soundtrack
1993 "For the Cool in You" 81 10 - For the Cool in You
"Never Keeping Secrets" 15 3 -
1994 "And Our Feelings" 21 8 -
"Rock Bottom" - - 50
"When Can I See You" 4 6 35
"Dream Away" (with Lisa Stansfield) - - - The Pagemaster soundtrack
1995 "Someone to Love" (with Jon B) 10 7 - Bonafide
1996 "Slow Jams" (Quincy Jones featuring Babyface, Tamia, Portrait and Barry White) 68 19 - -
"This Is for the Lover in You" (featuring LL Cool J, Jody Watley, Howard Hewett, and Jeffrey Daniel) 6 2 12 The Day
1997 "Every Time I Close My Eyes" 6 5 13
"How Come How Long" (featuring Stevie Wonder) - - 10
"Sunshine" (Jay-Z featuring Babyface and Foxy Brown) 37 - 25 In My Lifetime, Vol. 1 (Jay-Z album)
1998 "Fire" (duet with Des'ree) - - - Hav' Plenty soundtrack
1998 "You Were There" - - - "Simon Birch" soundtrack
2000 "Reason for Breathing" - 59 - A Collection of His Greatest Hits
2001 "There She Goes" 31 10 - Face 2 Face
"What If" 80 28 -
2004 "The Loneliness" - 49 - Grown & Sexy
2005 "Sorry for the Stupid Things" - 65 -
"Grown & Sexy" - 51 -
2007 "Fire & Rain" - - - Playlist
2008 "I Need a Love Song" - 81 - -
"Comfortable" (Lil Wayne feat. Babyface) 2 - - Tha Carter III

2009: From The Heart

Select songwriting and production credits

(List includes only top 10 hits)

References

  1. ^ Babyface has daughter
  2. ^ YouTube
  3. ^ "Babyface official website on Island Records". n/a. Island Records. January 20, 2007. http://www6.islandrecords.com/site/artist_home.php?artist_id=637. 

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