Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds
If you were to closely examine the annals of modern pop music history, few creative
forces have been more seminal or impacted the contemporary pop/urban genres as much
as Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds. In a relatively short time, he has reached icon status as a
poignant tunesmith, prolific hit maker/producer, superstar recording artist, and
revolutionary label owner. He is a statistical juggernaut, who keeps adding milestone
after milestone to a legacy that seems to have no threshold or peak in sight.
A 10-time Grammy winner with 11 solo albums of his own, Edmonds’ impeccably
crafted explorations of love, romance and relationships have made an indelible imprint on
the evolution of contemporary pop music throughout the world: over 125 Top-10 R&B
and Pop hits, 42 #1’s R&B hits, and 51 Top-10 Pop hits (including 16 #1’s), which have
produced single and album sales in excess of over 500 million units worldwide.
Just a few of the vocalists from which his music can be heard: Whitey Houston, Boyz II
Men, Mariah Carey, Madonna, Eric Clapton, Mary J. Blige, Michael Jackson, TLC, Toni
Braxton, Celine Dion, John Mellencamp, Brandy, Aretha Franklin, Fall Out Boy, Pink,
Charlie Wilson, and Chrisette Michele. Most recently, he co-wrote and produced Beyoncé’s single, “Best Thing I Never Had” and several songs for Boyz II Men’s recent CD release and Anthony Hamilton’s new CD “Back to Love” including the single “Woo.”
He is the recipient of numerous awards, including Soul Train Music Awards, BMI
Awards, NAACP Image Awards, and American Music Awards. Kenny “Babyface”
Edmonds was the recipient of the third BET Walk of Fame Award (previous honorees
were Michael Jackson and Whitney Houston), and was named BET’s “Entertainer of the
Year” at the First Annual BET Awards Ceremony. He will receive a star on Hollywood’s
legendary Walk of Fame in Feb. 2011.
Edmonds’ charitable work is as impressive as his professional accomplishments. His
caring and generosity have garnered him several awards, including the Essence Award
for Excellence, The City of Hope Award, and Variety Magazine’s “Top of the Town”
Honoree Award. He was National Spokesman for Boarder Babies, and personally helped
raise over $500,000 for a transitional home, The Little Blue House, located in
Washington D.C. Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds has also personally donated over
$100,000 to the VH-1 Save the Music program. He continues to contribute to a host of
other worthwhile organizations, including the United Negro College Fund (UNCF).
In 2008, Kenny Edmonds combined his musical prowess with his charitable efforts, cowriting
and producing the song “Just Stand Up” with longtime partner Antonio “L.A.”
Reid, which served as the backbone of a multi-network breast cancer awareness special.
The song featured such current heavyweights as Beyonce, Rihanna, Mariah Carey, Mary
J. Blige, Leona Lewis, Carrie Underwood, Miley Cyrus and Sheryl Crow. Most
recently, Edmonds and Reid were honored by the Noble Awards for their contribution to
Stand Up To Cancer.
Kenny is currently in the studio working on new material for his next solo album.