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Babyface (Kenneth Brian Edmonds) is a multi-platinum selling singer, songwriter and record producer. He has written and produced for artists such as Whitney Houston, Karyn White, Johnny Gill, Vanessa Williams, Pebbles, Madonna and Boyz II Men, and has also worked on various film soundtracks in his successful career.


Kenneth Edmonds was born on April 10, 1958, in Indianapolis, Indiana, to Marvin and Barbara Edmonds. Barbara was a pharmaceutical plant manager. Edmonds, who is the fifth of six brothers (including future After 7 band members Melvin and Kevon Edmonds, the latter of whom went on to have a modestly successful solo career), attended North Central High School in Indianapolis, Indiana, and as a shy youth, wrote songs to express his emotions.

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.

Edmonds later played with funk performer Bootsy Collins, who tagged him “Babyface” because of his cute face while he was still a teen.

He also played in the groups Manchild (which had a 1976 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).


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  • bubblegumbottom

    This guy must be phenomenal as a lover man......yes, i went there.

    19 Jul 2014 Reply
  • JNez

    loving the new album with Toni, especially the Sexual Healing sampling "I Hope That You're Ok." Now I'm digging hard in my Babyface catalog for all his good hits. Soundtrack to my adult life, indeed.

    5 Feb 2014 Reply
  • Orange_Boy_1989

    NEW image from the Uptown Magazine shoot with Toni

    10 Dec 2013 Reply
  • jeremychiang91

    always will be one of my favorite singers

    1 Nov 2013 Reply
  • stilldirrtyja

    Just realized that Babyface is the Toni Braxton of male R&B music. Definitely didn't make enough of his own music during his prime, and he doesn't get anywhere near the respect he deserves!

    14 Jun 2013 Reply
  • stilldirrtyja

    I don't understand how Tender Lover is mentioned when talking about the best male R&B albums. Fuck a 12 Play, Tender Lover is much better!

    14 Jun 2013 Reply
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    11 Jun 2013 Reply
  • bawsy

    Tender Lover album is golden, wow

    13 Dec 2012 Reply
  • tuankazzan

    One of my most favorite artists of all time <3. Add me if we have Super musical compatibility ^^!

    8 Dec 2012 Reply
  • SimonePerrota

    The dude who probably provided your favorite tracks on '90s pop stars' albums, you just didn't know it.

    28 Sep 2012 Reply
  • nalapunda

    Thanks for being my lord of the music. I LOVE U SO MUCH.

    21 Sep 2012 Reply
  • nalapunda

    You are my LORD, ever.

    21 Sep 2012 Reply
  • dinhbang123

    The Loneliness :(

    22 Aug 2012 Reply
  • TheBrandyBoy

    Everytime I Close My Eyes ♥

    24 Jul 2012 Reply
  • u2theedge

    The genius

    14 Jun 2012 Reply
  • TCBProject

    DUDE!!! There she Goes! is killin it! Love iT! Thanks for this joint! Sssamokin!

    20 Apr 2012 Reply
  • PhilGoulden

    happy birthday to Babyface [2]

    10 Apr 2012 Reply
  • Verba20


    9 Apr 2012 Reply
  • JNez

    where to begin with this guy....his 1989 tender lover cd is everything. i just wish he would have included 'let's be romantic' on side b, the slow side so i could have jammed it hard with the 5 other stellar slow jams. lol thankfully cd's soon became affordable so we could sequence our favorite songs as we desired. no matter; tender lover is still babyface's magnum opus and it has aged very well!

    15 Mar 2012 Reply
  • Evantruelove

    love his music

    5 Mar 2012 Reply
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