Kenny ‘Babyface’ Edmonds finds a welcome reception for his version of James Taylor’s “Fire & Rain,” the #2 most-added single at AC radio and #1 most added at Smooth Jazz in its first week of release. “Fire & Rain” is the first pick from PLAYLIST, in stores September 18th, the first album on the newly re-launched Mercury Records label, a division of the Island Def Jam Music Group. PLAYLIST is the first Babyface album devoted (mostly) to cover versions of some of his favorite songs, including Bob Dylan’s “Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door,” Dan Fogelberg’s “Longer,” and others from James Taylor (“Shower The People”), Eric Clapton (“Wonderful Tonight”), Bread (“Diary”), Jim Croce (“Time In A Bottle”), and Dave Loggins (“Please Come To Boston”), plus two new compositions by Babyface, including the beautiful song he penned for his two children, “Not Going Nowhere.” Building on the momentum of the album’s release week, Babyface has set television appearances on NBC’s The Today Show and ABC’s Live with Regis & Kelly, both on the morning of September 19th. Two mornings later on Friday, September 21st, Babyface sits in on the syndicated “Wake Up with Whoopi” [Goldberg] show. That same night, Babyface shares the stage with Country music star Tricia Yearwood, as they perform together on cable tv’s CMT Crossroads Concert Special in Nashville. PLAYLIST is the third album in the new millennium by 10-time Grammy-winning megastar Babyface, the follow-up to Grown & Sexy (July 2005) and Face2Face (released on the fateful Tuesday of September 11, 2001). Kenny "Babyface" Edmond's countless honors, which include Grammy awards for Producer Of the Year in 1992, ’95, ’96 and ’97 (the only person in history to win for three consecutive years), plus numerous NAACP Image Awards, Billboard Music Awards, and American Music Awards, established him not only as the top hitmaker of the ’90s, but as one of the greatest hitmakers in the history of popular music. Babyface fans around the world can see him live when he performs at the new Billboard Live clubs in Japan in October: Tokyo, Japan (Oct 15, 16, 18, 19, 20) Osaka, Japan (Oct 22, 23, 25, 26, 28) Fukuoka, Japan (Oct 29) Babyface is also playing Manila, Phillipines' Araneta Coliseum on Oct 13. Additional worldwide concert dates will be announced soon.
A man who claimed he was the son of singer/songwriter/producer Kenneth ?Babyface? Edmonds was arrested Friday according to sources, after he demanded $9 million to keep his mouth shut.? John T. Clark, 23, was charged with felony theft and intimidation. He is being held at the Marion County Jail without bond. Prosecutors say Clark threatened to go on the Oprah Winfrey show and expose Babyface. Clark was arrested after leaving a meeting with the Babyface?s attorney at a Downtown restaurant. Marion County Prosecutor Carl Brizzi said Edmonds has ?categorically denied having any contact with Clark?s mother.?
Universal Music Publishing Group (UMPG) announced today the signing of legendary singer/songwriter, Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds, to an exclusive, worldwide agreement. David Renzer, Chairman & CEO, Universal Music Publishing Group said of the signing, "Babyface has long been one of our industry's leading lights as a writer, artist, producer and entrepreneur. He has written, produced and in many cases performed many of our modern day 'classic' songs. We are sure that the story of hitmaking will continue for him, and are thrilled to welcome him to the UMPG family." "I am pleased to be working with Universal Music Publishing," said Kenneth Edmonds. "The team has demonstrated their appreciation of my music, and their commitment to my career as an artist, producer and songwriter." Babyface is currently recording his new album to be released on Def Jam, and he has cuts on Katherine McPhee, Fallout Boy, Nelly, Keisha Cole, KeKe Palmer and Ashanti. He was previously signed to Sony/ATV who retain his back catalogue. In addition to releasing over ten solo albums, Babyface's hit-making skills have been credited on over 320 albums and he has produced for some of music's biggest legends and top-selling artists, including: Mariah Carey, Mary J. Blige, Toni Braxton, Madonna, Aretha Franklin, OutKast, Vanessa Williams, New Edition, En Vogue, Usher, Phil Collins, Faith Evans, George Michael, Deele, Eric Clapton, Pink, Backstreet Boys, NSYNC, Michael Jackson, Janet Jackson, Carole King, Whitney Houston, Bobby Brown, TLC, Boyz II Men, Bell Biv Devoe, John Mellencamp, Paula Abdul, Heather Headley, and many more. Babyface has produced a vast number of motion picture original soundtracks including, "The Bodyguard," "Waiting to Exhale," "Boomerang," "Soul Food," and "Josie & The Pussycats." He also has had tracks featured on the following soundtracks "Ghostbusters 2," "Poetic Justice," "Bad Boys," "Home Alone 2," "Mr. 3000," "The Preachers Wife," "Phenomenon," "Simon Birch," "Duets," "The Prince of Egypt" and many more. Babyface is a 10x GRAMMY award winner, including four wins for Producer of the Year (1992, 1995, 1996, 1997); three wins for Best R&B Song ("End of the Road" "I'll Make Love to You" "Exhale"); Album of the Year (The Bodyguard); Record of the Year ("Change the World"); and Best Male R&B Vocal Performance ("When Can I See You Again").
R&B superstar Babyface has recalled the moment he had to tell his kids that he and their mother were separating in a touching new tune. The singer, real name Kenneth Edmonds, has dedicated “Not Going Nowhere” to the two children he fathered with his ex-wife Tracey Edmonds, who is now romancing actor-comedian Eddie Murphy. Babyface, who has always maintained the marriage split was amicable, reportedly told his sons Brandon and Dylan Michael that mom and dad’s separation was a painful experience. In the new song, Edmonds sings, "I'm still best of friends with your mom/Have no doubt that we'll still make time to hang out/I promise I won't let you down." Babyface has recently signed a new deal with Island Records to release his new album, “Playlist,” consist of eight cover songs which includes Bob Dylan’s “Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door,” Dan Fogelberg’s “Longer,” Dave Loggin's "Please Come To Boston", Bread's "Diary", Jim Croce's “Time In A Bottle,” Eric Clapton's “Wonderful Tonight” and James Taylor’s “Fire & Rain" and "Shower The People". "Not Going Nowhere" and "The Soldier Song" are two original works in the album. It is scheduled to be released on September 18, 2007. It will be the first album on the newly re-launched Mercury Records Label.
R&B singer Kenneth "Babyface" Edmunds, probably better known as a Grammy-award winning producer and songwriter, will hit the club circuit in November and December, in support of his 11th album, "Playlist," a collection of covers of classic, album-oriented rock songs that have inspired him throughout his career. The album was released in September. "These songs shaped my past and now they're shaping my future," he says on his website. Among the artists and songs covered are: “Wonderful Tonight" (Eric Clapton); "Shower the People" and "Fire and Rain" (James Taylor); "Knockin' on Heaven's Door" (Bob Dylan); "Please Come To Boston" (Dave Loggins); "Longer" (Dan Fogelberg); "Time in a Bottle" (Jim Croce), and "Diary" (Bread). Edmunds began his career in the early 80's with funk band Delee. He released his first solo album, "Lovers," in 1986. As a prolific songwriter and producer, he crafted hit songs for such artists as Paula Abdul, Whitney Houston, Mary J. Blige, and Boyz II Men, who dominated the charts with his penned hits "End of the Road," which became one of the best-selling singles of all time, and "I'll Make Love to You." Babyface tour dates: November11 - CA Cabazon - Club Vibe @ Casino Morongo23 - CA Oakland - Paramount24 - NV Sparks - Rose Ballroom at John Ascauga's Nugget30 - MI Auburn Hills - Palace at Auburn Hills December1 - IN Indianapolis - Madame Walker Theater Center2 - OH Cincinnati - Cintas Center7 - PA Philadelphia - Keswick Theatre10 - VA Alexandria - Birchmere12 - GA Atlanta - Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center14 - VA Norfolk - Chrysler Hall