(born April 10, 1959) is a ten-time Grammy Award-winning American R&B musician, singer–songwriter and record producer. He has written and produced over 26 No. 1 R&B hits throughout his career.Writing and producingIn 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 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 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. “I’m 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, Beyoncé, 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, Sisqó, Dru Hill, Fall Out Boy, Céline Dion, Honeyz, Katharine McPhee, Mariah Carey, Vanessa L. Williams, Chanté 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 1995–1997.Babyface was in the studio for about two years with Ashanti to produce her album The Declaration
.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
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 Céline Dion. Linda Thompson provided the lyrics.Babyface also participated as a duet partner on the Fox reality show Celebrity Duets
Soda Pop Records
Edmonds founded his record label Soda Pop Records
in 2009. Since founding the label he has signed R&B icons K-Ci & JoJo to the label, they currently are releasing their first album on the label entitled My Brother's Keeper
. In 2013 Babyface secured a distribution deal with E1 Music for the label.
Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds HighwayIn 1999, a 25-mile (40-km) stretch of Interstate 65 that runs through Indianapolis was renamed Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds Highway.