Babyface

Babyface

Real Name:
Kenneth Brian Edmonds
Profile:
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"
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Babyface Discography

Albums

Babyface Lovers (Album) Solar Europe 1986 Sell This Version
YR008R The Temptations, Greg And Steve, Babyface, Julie Weissman, Cat Miller The Temptations, Greg And Steve, Babyface, Julie Weissman, Cat Miller - Kids In Motion(LP) Youngheart Records YR008R US 1987 Sell This Version
Babyface Tender Lover (Album) Solar, Epic Italy 1989 Sell This Version
Babyface A Closer Look (Album) Solar, Epic US 1991 Sell This Version
Babyface For The Cool In You (Album) Epic US 1993 Sell This Version
Babyface The Day (Album) Epic, Epic Australia 1996 Sell This Version
Babyface MTV Unplugged NYC 1997 (Album) Epic Japan 1997 Sell This Version
Babyface Christmas With Babyface (Album) Epic Europe 1998 Sell This Version
Babyface Face2Face (Album) Arista US 2001 Sell This Version
A 52547 Babyface Spirit Of Christmas(CD, Album) Sony Music Special Products A 52547 US 2001 Sell This Version
Babyface Grown & Sexy (Album) Sony BMG Music Entertainment, Arista Russia 2005 Sell This Version
Toni Braxton & Babyface Toni Braxton & Babyface - Love Marriage & Divorce (Album) Motown, Motown Poland 2014 Sell This Version
Babyface Return Of The Tender Lover (Album) Def Jam Recordings US 2015 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

Babyface I Love You Babe (Single, Maxi) Solar Germany 1986 Sell This Version
P-B-70002 Babyface You Make Me Feel Brand New(7", Promo) Solar P-B-70002 US 1986 Sell This Version
B-70004 Babyface Lovers(7", Single) Solar B-70004 US 1986 Sell This Version
Babyface Mary Mack (Single) Solar US 1986 Sell This Version
Babyface If We Try (Single) Solar US 1988 Sell This Version
Babyface Whip Appeal (Single, Maxi) Solar US 1989 Sell This Version
Babyface It's No Crime (Single, Maxi) Solar Germany 1989 Sell This Version
Babyface Tender Lover (Maxi, Single) Solar UK 1989 Sell This Version
DMCAT 1366 Babyface It's No Crime(CD, Single) MCA Records DMCAT 1366 UK 1989 Sell This Version
ZAS 1934 Babyface Tender Lover (Dub)(12", Promo) Solar ZAS 1934 US 1989 Sell This Version
Babyface My Kinda Girl (Special 12" Dance Mixes - Extended Play) (Single, EP, Maxi) Epic US 1989 Sell This Version
Babyface Featuring Toni Braxton Babyface Featuring Toni Braxton - Give U My Heart (Single, Maxi) LaFace Records US 1992 Sell This Version