Who is singer Babyface?
Born Kenneth ‘Kenny’ Brian Edmonds under the sign of Aries on the 10th of April 1959, in Indianapolis, Indiana USA, Babyface is an African-American singer, songwriter and record producer, known to the world for his significant public presence as the writer and producer of over 26 #1 R&B hits and the winner of 11 awards. He has had a number of other successes in the often lucrative songwriting and singing professions since 1977.
Early Life and Education
Babyface was raised in his birthplace by his father Marvin and mother Barbara, of unknown professions. He is the second youngest of six brothers – two, Melvin and Kevon Edmonds, became members of the R&B group “After 7”, while Kevon later had a successful solo career. Like all of his brothers, Babyface attended North Central High School in Indianapolis, although it is unknown at which date. He was an exceptionally shy teenager, and as such kept to himself and often wrote songs to aid the expression of his feelings. He was in eighth grade high school when his father Marvin died of lung cancer, and it was then that he decided he’d pursue a career as a musician, at which point he already knew how to play the guitar and keyboards. He matriculated in 1977, but never enrolled in college.
CareerHe first sought local employment as a teenager, landing some small gigs here and there. Eventually, he was accepted on-stage along with the funk performer Bootsy Collins, where he stuck for an unspecified amount of time. Kenneth draws his nickname from this part of his life, since it was Bootsy himself that named him ‘Babyface.’ Later on, he would perform with the group Manchild, which rose to fame with its 1977 hit entitled “Especially for You.” He also played in the light-funk and R&B group named The Deele, alongside Antonio L.A. Reid. His first big break came when the R&B band Midnight Star performed his tune called “Slow Jam” in 1983; both Babyface and Reid left the group in 1988 but much later in 1999, the two decided to establish the record label company entitled “LaFace”, which joins both of their artist names. Although he released his own solo album in 1986, entitled “Lovers”, it didn’t gain much recognition. Still, his music production company was now a blooming business, and his album’s success didn’t matter at that point. After producing a number of albums, Babyface got to work with artists such as Madonna, Celine Dion, Mariah Carey, Gladys Knight, Aretha Franklin, and so over the years gained considerable recognition, both through his Emmy Awards and the artists that owe their fame to him, such as Toni Braxton, TLC, Usher and OutKast.
As for Babyface’s romantic involvements, he has chosen to keep his lesser relationships out of the media’s eye, and as he hasn’t been seen attending events in female company, not many rumors arose about his love life. Still, he dated Lynelle Edmonds before marrying her in 1980, and they spent 11 years together before divorcing, childless in 1991. Then he dated businesswoman Tracey McQuarn, and they married on the 5th of September 1992, having two sons, Brandon and Dylan, before their marriage later fell apart, and they divorced in 2005. In 2007, he began dating Nicole Pantenburg, who gave birth to their daughter Preyton in 2007. On the 17th of May 2014, the two married, and they have been together ever since.
His AwardsBabyface is the proud holder of 13 awards and another 23 nominations. Some of his most significant awards include the Grammy shared with Tony Braxton for the Best R&B Album for “Love Marriage & Divorce” in 2015, the BMI Film Music Award for Most Performed Song From a Film shared with L.A. Reid and Daryl Simmons for “End Of The Road” in Boomerang (1992) in 1993, and the ASCAP Award for Most Performed Songs from Motion Pictures for his work with Stephen Schwartz on “The Prince of Egypt”, specifically the track entitled “When You Believe.” To summarize, he won all five of his BMI Film & TV Award nominations, one out of seven Grammy Award nominations, one of which he shares with the legendary Hans Zimmer, and he has six additional awards.
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What is Babyface’s Net Worth?
Have you ever wondered how rich Babyface is, as of mid-2018? According to various authoritative sources, it has been estimated that the current total of Babyface’s accumulated wealth is over $150 million, largely aided by his numerous successes in the entertainment industry, while the greatest contribution come from his long-term position as the co-founder of “LaFace”. As his career continues to develop, the said amount can be expected to increase.
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Concerning the physical attributes of the musical producer, only his height is known, at 5ft 9ins (1.76m). His hair is pitch dark and his eyes are dark brown, while his body shape is generally described as regular.
Social Media Presence
Due to the major influence of social networks, it is nowadays a regular thing for active musical producers to nourish a close and active relationship with their fans, for the sake of increasing the popularity of the releases they’re working on, and thus their own net worth. It looks like Babyface is a regular subscriber, if not the leading example of this celebrity trend, as his presence is quite ubiquitous on all social media networks. His Facebook account has almost 1.5 million followers, his Twitter account over 80,000, and his Instagram almost 300,000 fans.