Kenneth Brian “Babyface” Edmonds, born April 10, 1958, is an R&B singer-songwriter, guitarist, keyboardist, record producer, film producer, and entrepreneur.
I remember the first time I interviewed the group “The Deele”, it was in Cincinnati, OH in the mid-80’s. Kenny was very soft spoken, but he was a genius at song writing. He got his nickname “Babyface”from funkateer Bootsy Collins, because Kenny had a cute baby face.
One of his first major credits as a songwriter for outside artists came when he wrote the tune “Slow-Jam” for the R&B band Midnight Star in 1983. In 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 ’80s icon Sheena Easton.
He’s worked with many successful performers in contemporary music. “I’m Your Baby Tonight,” was produced for Whitney Houston, the song was his first #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”.
Check out a few of my favorite Babyface videos