Ten-time GRAMMY Award-winning singer, songwriter, producer, philanthropist and label owner Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds and six-time GRAMMY Award-winning singer, songwriter, record producer and philanthropist Toni Braxton are recording a duet album together to be released by Motown Records in the Fall. Kenny will begin his solo North American tour on July 12 in Illinois.
Few creative forces have achieved the level of success and admiration that Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds has. In a relatively short amount of time, he has reached iconic stature, revolutionizing the contemporary pop/urban genres and forever impacting music as a whole with his expertise in songwriting, performing and producing. On Edmonds’ 11 solo albums, he shows his impeccably crafted explorations of love, romance and relationships. He has written and produced chart-topping music for megastar acts like Michael Jackson, Beyonce, Boyz II Men, Mariah Carey, Madonna, Eric Clapton, Mary J. Blige, Whitney Houston, TLC, Toni Braxton, Celine Dion, John Mellencamp, Aretha Franklin, Kanye West, Pink and many others. His career has generated single and album sales in excess of over 500 million copies worldwide. According to Billboard magazine, he has achieved over 125 Top Ten R&B and pop hits, 42 #1 R&B hits, 16 #1 pop songs, 51 Top 10 pop hits and 5 Top 10 R&B albums. Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds has been touring non-stop around the world for the past few years, leaving audiences in Japan, Asia, Europe, Russia, many Caribbean islands and the U. S. in soulful bliss.
Edmonds’ charitable work is as impressive as his professional accomplishments. His caring and generosity have garnered him several awards, including the Essence Award for Excellence, The City of Hope Award and Variety’s “Top of the Town” Honoree Award. In 2008, Edmonds combined his musical prowess with his charitable efforts, co-writing and producing the song “Just Stand Up” with longtime partner Antonio “L. A.” Reid, which served as the backbone of a multi-network breast cancer awareness special. The song featured such current heavyweights as Beyonce, Rihanna, Mariah Carey, Mary J. Blige, Leona Lewis, Carrie Underwood, Miley Cyrus and Sheryl Crow. Most recently, Edmonds and Reid were honored by the Noble Awards for their contribution to Stand Up To Cancer. Edmonds most recent production with other artists include Barbra Streisand, Celine Dion, Keri Hilson, Ledisi and Ariana Grande.