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Babyface

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Singer of R&B/Soul and Hip-Hop/Rap
A.k.a. Kenneth Brian Edmonds Kenneth Edmonds

R'n'B singer, songwriter, producer, label executive. (Note: when appearing with L.A. Reid, please use L.A. & Babyface) Born 10th April 1959 in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA. Brother of Kevon Edmonds and Melvin Edmonds, ex-husband to Tracey E. Edmonds (1992 - 2005). He has written and/or produced over 26 No.1 R&B hits and won 11 Grammy Awards. Bootsy Collins tagged him ''Babyface'' because of his cute face while he was still a teen. He was a guitarist with Manchild (9) in the late 1970s and a keyboardist with Deele till the late 1980s, a group that included his later partner L.A. Reid with whom he would build one of the most succesfull writing and producing duos of r'n'b, L.A. & Babyface. In 1986 he started his solo career and up to 2014 he had released 10 albums. He was one of the basic figures that created the new jack swing sound, producing Bobby Brown, Karyn White, Pebbles, Paula Abdul and Sheena Easton co-founding LaFace Records in 1989, with the label's early artists TLC, Usher, Toni Braxton becoming huge stars. He helped forming Az Yet and in the 1990s he produced Madonna, Whitney Houston, Boyz II Men, Michael Jackson, Eric Clapton and a long series of others and in the next decades he produced Lil Wayne, Ariana Grande, even Barbra Streisand. In 1988 he duetted with Karyn White for "Love Saw It" that was included in "Karyn White" album, in 1992 he duetted with Toni Braxton for "Give U My Heart" that was included in the soundtrack of "Boomerang". In 1994 he duetted with Jon B for the single "Someone To Love" that was included in the soundtrack "Bad Boys" and in the same year he duetted with Lisa Stansfield for "Dream Away" that was included in the soundtrack of "Pagemaster", the same year he duetted with El DeBarge for the single " Where Is My Love?" that was included in the album "Heart, Mind & Soul". In 1995 he was guest of Quincy Jones along with Barry White, Portrait and Tamia for the single "Slow Jams" that was included in "Q's Jook Joint", in 1996 he had Shalamar and LL Cool J as his guests in his single "This Is For The Lover In You". In 1997 he duetted with Jay-Z and Foxy Brown for the single "Sunshine", in 1998 he duetted with Des'ree for the cover of Bruce Springsteen's "Fire" that was included in the soundtrack "Hav Plenty" and in 2000 he duetted with Gwyneth Paltrow for a cover of Temptations's "Just My Imagination" that was included in the soundtrack "Duets". In 2001 he had Snoop Dogg as guest for "Baby's Mama" that was included in his solo album "Face To Face", in 2005 he contributed to the Luther Vandross tribute album "So Amazing", covering Brenda Russell (2)'s "If Only For One Night" (a hit for Luther Vandross in 1995). In 2007 he released the cover album "Playlist" paying tribute to some of his favourite classics (written by Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton, James Taylor (2), Dan Fogelberg, Jim Croce, Dave Loggins and David Gates). In 2009 he duetted with Michael Jackson for "You Are My Life" that was included in the album "Invincible". In 2014 he released a whole duet album with Toni Braxton and in the same year he recorded a cover of "Evergreen" as a duet with Barbra Streisand for her album "Partners"

        
Instruments
  • Keyboards
  • Vocals
  • Backing Vocals
  • Guitar
  • Acoustic guitar
Genres
  • R&B/Soul
  • Hip-Hop/Rap
  • Electronic
  • Pop
Plays With
Pebbles
Popular Tracks   
Let It Snow on A Tori Kelly Christmas by Tori Kelly
Every Time I Close My Eyes (with Kenny G) on The Day by Babyface
When Can I See You on For The Cool In You by Babyface
Wonderful Tonight on Playlist by Babyface
How Come, How Long (feat. Stevie Wonder) on The Day by Babyface
Whip Appeal on Tender Lover by Babyface
Shoulda (feat. Babyface) on Painted by Lucky Daye
This Is for the Lover In You (feat. LL Cool J, Howard Hewett, Jody Watley & Jeffrey Daniels) on The Day by Babyface
Never Keeping Secrets on For The Cool In You by Babyface
Whip Appeal - 12-inch Version on Tender Lover by Babyface

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Band Members
Discography


Title Artist Year Type
SolidTy$ Feat. Babyface2015Single
ExceptionalBabyface2015Single
Return Of The Tender LoverBabyface2015Album
We've Got LoveBabyface2015Single
Love Marriage & DivorceToni Braxton & Babyface2014Album
Where Did We Go WrongToni Braxton & Babyface2014Album
Hurt YouToni Braxton & Babyface2014Album
Have Yourself A Merry Little ChristmasToni Braxton & Babyface2013Single
S.O.U.L.Babyface2011Compil.
The Best Of BabyfaceBabyface2009Compil.
From The HeartBabyface2009Compil.
ComfortableLil Wayne Feat. Babyface2008Single
Grown & Sexy (Album Sampler)Babyface2005Album
Grown & SexyBabyface2005Single
The Other Side Of CoolBabyface2005Compil.
I Wasn't Kidding / It's All Good / Sorry For The Stupid ThingsAngie Stone / Fantasia / Babyface2005Album
Sorry For The Stupid ThingsBabyface2005Single
Grown & SexyBabyface2005Album
A Love StoryBabyface2004Album
The LonelinessBabyface2003Single
The Essential BabyfaceBabyface2003Compil.
Cool In LoveBabyface2003Compil.
Missin You -It Will Break My HeartBabyface2002Single
I Keep Callin'Babyface2002Single
Soul On Ice (Remix) / This Is For The Lover In YouRas Kass / Babyface2002Album
Baby's MamaBabyface2001Album
Face2Face (Album Snippet Sampler)Babyface2001Album
There She GoesBabyface2001Single
The DayBabyface2001Album
Spirit Of ChristmasBabyface2001Compil.
A Collection Of Hit VideosBabyface2001Album
Face2FaceBabyface2001Album
Love SongsBabyface2001Compil.
What If / Lover And FriendBabyface2001Album
Reason For BreathingBabyface2000Single
A Collection Of His Greatest HitsBabyface2000Compil.
You Were ThereBabyface1999Single
For The Cool In You / The DayBabyface1999Compil.
BabyfaceBabyface1998Compil.
Christmas With BabyfaceBabyface1998Album
FireBabyface & Des'ree1998Single
End Of The RoadBabyface1998Single
MTV Unplugged NYC 1997Babyface1997Album
Gone Too SoonBabyface1997Single
How Come, How LongBabyface1997Single
Everytime I Close My Eyes / Talk To MeBabyface1997Single
SunshineJay-Z Featuring Babyface & Foxy Brown1997Single
Change The WorldBabyface1997Single
The Best Of: (Love Always)Babyface1997Compil.
MTV Unplugged NYC 1997Babyface1997Album
Talk To MeBabyface1997Single
This Is For The Lover In YouBabyface1996Single
The DayBabyface1996Album
Every Time I Close My EyesBabyface1996Single
"Face" The MusicBabyface1996Compil.
Slow JamsQuincy Jones featuring Babyface and Tamia with Portrait and Barry White1996Single
Just An Illusion / This Is For The Lover In YouIllusion, Babyface1996Single
Every Time I Close My Eyes / Shine On You Crazy DiamondBabyface / DJ Dado Presents: DD Pink1996Single
Someone To LoveJon B Featuring Babyface1995Single
When Can I See YouBabyface1994Single
And Our FeelingsBabyface1994Single
BalladsAimee Mann, The Juliana Hatfield Three, Babyface Feat. Lisa Stansfield1994Single
Dream AwayBabyface & Lisa Stansfield1994Single
Where Is My Love?El DeBarge Featuring Babyface1994Single
Rock BottomBabyface1994Single
For The Cool In YouBabyface1993Album
Why Me / For The Cool In YouIvana Spagna / Babyface1993Single
Never Keeping SecretsBabyface1993Single
For The Cool In YouBabyface1993Single
Give U My HeartBabyface Featuring Toni Braxton1992Album
A Closer LookBabyface1991Album
Re-Fresh LoversBabyface1990Compil.
Whip AppealBabyface1990Single
My Kinda GirlBabyface1990Single
Tender Lover - The VideosBabyface1990Album
Tender LoverBabyface1989Single
Tender LoverBabyface1989Album
Tender Lover (Extended) / Sexy Bon (Mix Version)Babyface / Finzy Kontini1989Album
It's No CrimeBabyface1989Single
If We TryBabyface1988Single
Mary MackBabyface1987Album
You Make Me Feel Brand New / FaithfulBabyface1986Single
I Love You BabeBabyface1986Album
LoversBabyface1986Album
LoversBabyface1986Single
Sunshine / Me And My Crazy WorldJay-Z featuring Babyface and Foxy Brown, Lost BoyzSingle
A Girl Like You / I Do (Cherish You)Kevon Edmonds & Babyface / 98 DegreesSingle
No Way OutBabyfaceSingle
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