Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds

Songwriter, Producer, Singer
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 ... Read more »
Born: 04/10/1958 in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA

Filmography

Actor (71)

Beyond The Headlines: Toni Braxton 2015 - 2016 (TV Show)

Interviewee

Mariah Carey's Merriest Christmas 2015 - 2016 (TV Show)

Performer

We Day 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

Performer

Christmas in Rockefeller Center 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Performer

The Voice 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

The 2011 Billboard Music Awards 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Actor

Soul Food 1994 - 1995, 2001, 2003 - 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

The 2006 American Music Awards 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

The 21st Anniversary Soul Train Music Awards 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Presenter

The 2005 American Music Awards 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

The 8th Annual Soul Train Christmas Starfest 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

World Music Awards 2005 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

American Idol 1994 - 1995, 2004 - 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

The 7th Annual Soul Train Christmas Starfest 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

The Nick & Jessica Variety Hour 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

The 18th Annual Soul Train Music Awards 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Host

The 35th Annual NAACP Image Awards 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

The 46th Annual Grammy Awards 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Presenter

4th Annual Soul Train Christmas Starfest 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Testimony 2000 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

1st Annual BET Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Performer

Road to Fame 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Soul Train Christmas Starfest 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

And So This Is Christmas 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

The 2nd Annual Soul Train Christmas Starfest 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

The 5th Annual Soul Train Lady of Soul Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Performer

Christmas in Rockefeller Center 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Nickelodeon's 12th Annual Kid's Choice Awards 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Presenter

Teddy Riley -- The Man Behind the Music 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

The 1998 Soul Train Christmas Starfest 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

The 26th Annual American Music Awards 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Performer

ABC in Concert 1990 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Hav Plenty 1998 (Movie)

Lloyd Banks (Actor)

Motown 40: The Music Is Forever 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Nickelodeon's 11th Annual Kids' Choice Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Presenter

R & B '97: Year in Review 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Take a Moment 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

The 1998 MTV Movie Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Presenter

The 25th Annual American Music Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Performer

The 29th NAACP Image Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

The 40th Annual Grammy Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Performer

The Sixth Annual Trumpet Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

The Sound of the Grammys '98 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

53rd Presidential Inaugural Gala 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Blockbuster Entertainment Awards 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Performer

Grammy Countdown 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Performer

Soul Food 1997 (Movie)

Band Member No 1 (Actor)

Soul Train Music Awards: 11th Anniversary 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Performer

The 39th Annual Grammy Awards 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Performer

The 1995 Billboard Music Awards 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Performer

The 1996 Essence Awards 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

The 27th Annual NAACP Image Awards 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Performer

The 38th Annual Grammy Awards 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Performer

The 53rd Annual Golden Globe Awards 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Presenter

Martin 1994 - 1995 (Tv Show)

Actor

The 9th Annual Soul Train Music Awards 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Host

The American Music Awards 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Performer

Beverly Hills 90210 1994 (Tv Show)

Actor

The American Music Awards 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Presenter

The Sinbad Show 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

The 6th Annual Soul Train Music Awards 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Performer

Celebrate the Soul of American Music 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Presenter
Music (44)

The Wedding Ringer 2015 (Movie)

("I'll Make Love To You") (Song)

Blended 2014 (Movie)

("I'll Make Love To You") (Song)

Conan 2014 (Tv Show)

Performer

Muppets Most Wanted 2014 (Movie)

("End Of The Road") (Song)

Step Up All In 2014 (Movie)

("Every Little Step") (Song)

American Reunion 2012 (Movie)

"I'll Make Love To You" (Song)

Pitch Perfect 2012 (Movie)

"I'll Make Love To You" (Song)

Think Like A Man 2012 (Movie)

("Woo") (Song)

Our Family Wedding 2010 (Movie)

("Soon As I Get Home") (Song)

Our Family Wedding 2010 (Movie)

("Soon As I Get Home") (Song Performer)

Precious 2009 (Movie)

"Humpin' Around" (Song)

In Living Color 1993 - 1995, 2003 - 2008 (Tv Show)

Song Performer

Happy Feet 2006 (Movie)

("I'll Make Love to You") (Song)

The 40-Year-Old Virgin 2005 (Movie)

("Red Light Special") (Song)

Showtime 2002 (Movie)

(Song)

Fire & Ice 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Song

How High 2001 (Movie)

("How High II (contains 'You're Making Me High')") (Song)

Josie and the Pussycats 2001 (Movie)

song/song performer("You Don't See Me" "3 Small Words" "Come On") (Song)

The Princess Diaries 2001 (Movie)

("Split Personality") (Song)

Duets 2000 (Movie)

song producer (Song)

Duets 2000 (Movie)

("Just My Imagination (Running Away With Me)" (with Gwyneth Paltrow") (Song Performer)

Anna and the King 1999 (Movie)

(Song)

Fight Club 1999 (Movie)

("Splendid" "4M15") (Song)

Light It Up 1999 (Movie)

("Only in Heaven's Eyes") (Song)

Whirlpool Presents Holiday Festival on Ice 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Song Performer

Can't Hardly Wait 1998 (Movie)

("I'll Make Love to You") (Song)

Hav Plenty 1998 (Movie)

song performer & producer("Fire") (Music)

Simon Birch 1998 (Movie)

(Song)

Booty Call 1997 (Movie)

(Song)

Booty Call 1997 (Movie)

("Everytime I Close My Eyes") (Song Performer)

Crisis Center 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Song

Soul Food 1997 (Movie)

executive music producer (Music Producer)

Soul Food 1997 (Movie)

songs/song producer("A Song for Mama" "I Care 'Bout You" "We're Not Makin' Love No More" "You Are the Man" "Boys and Girls" "Baby I") (Song)

Get on the Bus 1996 (Movie)

song producer("On the Line") (Song)

The 1996 Summer Olympics 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Music

The Preacher's Wife 1996 (Movie)

(Song)

Waiting to Exhale 1995 (Movie)

(Music)

Aretha Franklin: Duets 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Song

Poetic Justice 1993 (Movie)

(Song)

Poetic Justice 1993 (Movie)

("Well Alright") (Song Performer)

Boomerang 1992 (Movie)

song producer("Tonight is Right" "End of the Road" "Reversal of a Dog" "Don't Wanna Love You" "Love Shoulda Brought You Home" "There U Go" "Give U My Heart") (Song)

Boomerang 1992 (Movie)

("Give U My Heart") (Song Performer)

The Bodyguard 1992 (Movie)

(Song)

Ghostbusters II 1989 (Movie)

("On Our Own") (Song)
Producer (9)

Toni Braxton: Unbreak My Heart 2015 - 2016 (TV Show)

Producer

College Hill: Interns 2007 - 2009 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

College Hill 1994 - 1995, 2003 - 2008 (Tv Show)

Executive Producer

College Hill: Class Reunion 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Josie and the Pussycats 2001 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Punks 2001 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Light It Up 1999 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Hav Plenty 1998 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Soul Food 1997 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Biography

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.

Relationships

Tracey Edmonds

Wife
Partnered with her husband in Edmonds Entertainment married from 1994-2006

Peyton Edmonds

Daughter
Born Sept. 9, 2008 mother is Nicole Pantenburg

Brandon Edmonds

Son
Born in August 1996 mother, Tracey Edmonds

Dylan Edmonds

Son
Born March 26, 2001 mother, Tracey Edmonds

EDUCATION

North Central High School

Indianapolis , Indiana 1976

Milestones

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

1999

With Robert Kraft and George Fenton, wrote the theme song ("How Can I Not Love You") from "Anna and the King"

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"

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

1996

Released fourth solo album, "The Day"

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

1995

Wrote and dueted with Madonna on Top 10 hit "Take A Bow"

1994

Began his only concert tour, headlining with Boyz II Men

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

1989

Together with L A Reid (formerly The Deele's drummer), established LaFace Records

1987

Released solo debut, "Lovers"

Grew up in Indianapolis, Indiana

Began career as a recording artist with the groups Manchild and The Deele

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