"Babyface" Edmonds (born April 10, 1958 in Indianapolis,
Indiana), is an American R&B and pop singer, songwriter,
guitarist, keyboardist, record producer, film producer, and
As a shy
youth, wrote songs to express his emotions. Edmonds later
played with funk megastar Bootsy Collins, who tagged him "Babyface"
while he was still a teen, and the nickname has stuck with
him throughout his life. He also played in the groups
Manchild, then in the light-funk and R&B group The Deele
(which also included Antonio "L.A." Reid), with whom he
would later form a successful partnership. In 1988, both
Babyface and Reid left the group.
late 1980s, he was responsible for contributing to the
creation of new jack swing and was responsible for writing
music for the likes of Bobby Brown, Karyn White, Pebbles and
Paula Abdul. In 1989, Edmonds co-founded LaFace Records with
Reid. Two of the label's first artists Toni Braxton and TLC
achieved massive success.
was also instrumental in forming the popular late-90's R&B
group, Az Yet.
also behind some of the biggest successes in contemporary
music. “I’m Your Baby Tonight”, produced for Whitney
Houston, is his first #1 hit in the US. He also wrote and
produced Boyz II Men's "End of the Road" and "I'll Make Love
To You", both of which established records for the longest
stay at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. He co-wrote,
co-produced, and provided backing vocals on Madonna's 1995 7
week-#1 hit "Take a Bow", he shared billing with Eric
Clapton on the chart-topping Grammy winner "Change the
World" from the Phenomenon soundtrack. He also wrote and
produced the #1 hit "Exhale (Shoop Shoop)" for Whitney
Houston as well as the rest of the critically acclaimed 10
million selling Waiting to Exhale soundtrack in 1995, which
spawned additional hits for Houston, Brandy and Mary J.Blige.
Additionally, he has produced and written music for many
artists including Toni Braxton, Michael Jackson, Paula
Abdul, Pebbles, Bobby Brown, Whitney Houston, Brandy, Mary
J.Blige, Tamia, Janet Jackson, Shola Ama, Whitney Houston,
Sisqo, Dru Hill, Céline Dion, Katharine McPhee, Mariah
Carey, Vanessa L. Williams, En Vogue, Eric Clapton, Madonna,
Aretha Franklin, Japanese singer Ken Hirai, Pink, Sheena
Easton, Marc Nelson and Phil Collins among others, and he
has received an amazing three consecutive Grammy Awards for
Producer of the Year, in 1995–1997.