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Kenny "Babyface" Edmonds



Biography

Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds’s award–winning, multi-faceted pop/urban career includes the consecutive multi-platinum landmark albums Tender Lover, For the Cool in You (including signature hits “Never Keeping Secrets” and “When Can I See You”), and The Day (”Every Time I Close My Eyes”). As co-founder with L.A. Reid of LaFace Records in 1989, Babyface nurtured the careers of such megastars as TLC, OutKast, Usher, and Toni Braxton. An 11-time Grammy Award® winner, Babyface most recently released Return of the Tender Lover in December 2015, his first solo album in seven years. This latest project introduces a freer, less structured Babyface putting his stamp on a contemporary sound he describes as “unapologetic R&B.” This album follows up the critical and commercial response to his and Toni Braxton’s 2014 Grammy®–winning album Love, Marriage & Divorce.

Paralleling those achievements are Babyface’s extensive songwriting and production credits from the 1990’s forward. He has produced and written/co-written hits for artists from Whitney Houston, Eric Clapton, and Michael Jackson to Boyz II Men, Mariah Carey, P!nk, and Beyoncé, among countless others. That hit list boasts such smashes as Madonna’s “Take a Bow,” Clapton’s “Change the World,” and Boyz II Men’s “I’ll Make Love to You.” His most recent productions include collaborations with BET for “New Edition Story,” Bruno Mars, Kat Graham, Johnny Mathis, Barbra Streisand, Celine Dion, Ledisi, Colbie Caillat, Jennifer Hudson, Ariana Grande, After 7, and Toni Braxton, as well as wrote and produced music for the Adam Sandler film Sandy Wexler.

The prolific music man counts more than 200 top 10 R&B and over 50 top 10 pop hits (including 16 No. 1’s). In turn, those stats have generated cumulative single and album sales of more than 600 million units worldwide. He has won numerous awards and honors including the Soul Train Music Awards, BMI Awards, NAACP Image Awards, American Music Awards, BET Walk of Fame Award, received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2013, and was inducted into the 2017 Songwriter’s Hall of Fame.

Babyface is a passionate philanthropist active in supporting Carousel of Hope, which benefits the Children’s Diabetes Foundation, Barbara Davis Center for Childhood Diabetes, and Larry Ruvo’s “Keep Memory Alive.” He has also lent his support to FasterCures, VH-1 Save the Music, United Negro College Fund, Boarder Babies, The Little Blue House (in Washington, D.C.), the David Foster Foundation, and the Mike Milken Prostate Cancer Foundation.
He plans to release a new solo CD in early 2018.

Upcoming Events

  • NSO Pops: Kenny "Babyface" Edmonds NSO Pops: Kenny "Babyface" Edmonds

    Songwriters Hall of Fame 2017 inductee and 11-time Grammy®-winning singer/songwriter/producer Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds joins the NSO in a world-premiere orchestral collaboration over two unforgettable evenings.

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