Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds
was born on April 10, 1959, in Indianapolis, Indiana, the second eldest of six children. He took to playing the guitar in his youth and later learned keyboards, performing with the band Manchild. He'd also played with funk legend Bootsy Collins, from whom he received the nickname "Babyface."
Babyface joined the 1980s group The Deele, which had several R&B hits. He and fellow musician L.A. Reid would go off from the band to become a highly successful, chart-topping songwriting/production team. The duo crafted work for the likes of The Whispers, Pebbles (whom Reid married), Karyn White, Sheena Easton and Bobby Brown, forming their own label—LAFace Records—in 1989.
Kenneth Edmonds is more than just a musician, he’s an R&B legend with Grammys, multi-platinum records and chart-topping singles under his belt; a father; and a philanthropist.
Edmonds is involved with numerous charitable organizations, including the United Negro College Fund, VH1 Save the Music and Stand Up to Cancer. However the two causes that are nearest and dearest to his heart are the Alzheimer, Huntington and Parkinson’s diseases research organization Keep Memory Alive and the juvenile diabetes fundraiser Carousel of Hope.