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Also Known As: Kenneth Edmonds, Kenny Edmonds (Babyface) Died:
Born: April 10, 1958 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Indianapolis, Indiana, USA Profession: songwriter, producer, singer, executive

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Nicknamed 'Babyface' by funk superstar Bootsy Collins (Parlaiments, Funkadelics) while still a teen, Kenneth Edmonds has written songs for such recording artists as Celine Dion, Mariah Carey, Toni Braxton, Aretha Franklin and Bobby Brown, among others. He wrote and produced Boyz II Men's "End of the Road" and produced Whitney Houston's version of "I Will Always Love You", both of which established records for the longest stay at Number 1 on the BILLBOARD charts. Although primarily known as the man behind the enormous success of others, Babyface is a solo artist who pushed his performing star a notch higher dueting with Madonna on her 1995 Top 10 hit "Take a Bow". He copped his first feature credit for "Ghostbusters II" (1989) and contributed to "Boomerang", "The Bodyguard" (both 1992) and "Poetic Justice" (1993) prior to his tour-de-force effort on "Waiting to Exhale" (1995), writing or co-writing all but one track of the enormously popular soundtrack and producing it in its entirety. Babyface formed the film production company Edmonds Entertainment with his wife Tracey, making his debut as executive producer of the surprise hit "Soul Food" (1997) while his producer wife handled the day-to-day action...

Nicknamed 'Babyface' by funk superstar Bootsy Collins (Parlaiments, Funkadelics) while still a teen, Kenneth Edmonds has written songs for such recording artists as Celine Dion, Mariah Carey, Toni Braxton, Aretha Franklin and Bobby Brown, among others. He wrote and produced Boyz II Men's "End of the Road" and produced Whitney Houston's version of "I Will Always Love You", both of which established records for the longest stay at Number 1 on the BILLBOARD charts. Although primarily known as the man behind the enormous success of others, Babyface is a solo artist who pushed his performing star a notch higher dueting with Madonna on her 1995 Top 10 hit "Take a Bow". He copped his first feature credit for "Ghostbusters II" (1989) and contributed to "Boomerang", "The Bodyguard" (both 1992) and "Poetic Justice" (1993) prior to his tour-de-force effort on "Waiting to Exhale" (1995), writing or co-writing all but one track of the enormously popular soundtrack and producing it in its entirety. Babyface formed the film production company Edmonds Entertainment with his wife Tracey, making his debut as executive producer of the surprise hit "Soul Food" (1997) while his producer wife handled the day-to-day action on the Chicago set.

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Grew up in Indianapolis, Indiana
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Began career as a recording artist with the groups Manchild and The Deele
1987:
Released solo debut, "Lovers"
1989:
Together with L A Reid (formerly The Deele's drummer), established LaFace Records
1994:
First ever live performance (November 12), to benefit the Little Blue House, established to provide transitional housing for the abandoned children of the Border Baby Project, a charity for which he was serving as spokesman
1994:
Began his only concert tour, headlining with Boyz II Men
1995:
Wrote and dueted with Madonna on Top 10 hit "Take A Bow"
1995:
Tour de force with "Waiting to Exhale" soundtrack, writing or co-writing all but one of the tracks and producing album in its entirety
1996:
Released fourth solo album, "The Day"
1997:
Received 12 Grammy Award nominations, tying the record set by Michael Jackson; won three awards
1997:
Debut as feature film executive producer with "Soul Food"; wife Tracey (as producer) handled the day-to-day job on the Chicago set; also had cameo role in the film
1998:
For second straight year, led everyone in Grammy nominations with eight; performed live for second year in a row, singing "How Come, How Long?" with Stevie Wonder
1998:
Second film as executive producer, "Hav Plenty"
1999:
With Robert Kraft and George Fenton, wrote the theme song ("How Can I Not Love You") from "Anna and the King"
2000:
Debut as TV producer with Showtime series adaptation of "Soul Food"; served as an executive producer; received Emmy nomination for composing the show's theme with Al Green
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Education

North Central High School: Indianapolis , Indiana - 1976

Notes

" . . . both of us seemed to have a passion for film, so we formed Edmonds Entertainment. And then, right in the middle of the process of doing our first work for Fox, a script for 'Soul Food' was sent over. The studio was looking for someone to do the soundtrack, but after I read the script I was blown away . . . We got the script in July and started shooting at the start of November. We had a tiny budget, but we made it. Luckily, everybody was really excited about the story, the characters--all of it. One thing we did have to do, though, was add a few extra lines to the guys' parts, because at first they didn't have much to say." --Tracey Edmonds in INTERVIEW, December 1997

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wife:
Tracey E Edmonds. Recording executive; producer. President of Yab Yum Entertainment; also partnered with her husband in Edmonds Entertainment.

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son:
Brandon Edmonds. Born in August 1996.
son:
Dylan Michael Edmonds. Born on March 26, 2001.

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