The head of ISINA's vocal department Kenny "Babyface" Edmonds songs have been performed on The Voice, American Idol, Lip Sync Battle and The X Factor, been featured in movies (Waiting to Exhale, Boomerang, The Bodyguard and Soul Food), on TV series (Friends, New Girl, Beavis and Butt-Head) and served as the soundtrack for choreographed numbers on So
You Think You Can Dance as well as DWTS.
Here's a few things you should know about Edmonds!
1) Mr. Edmonds is Used to Coming out on Top
There are tons of one-hit wonders in the music industry, but Edmonds has struck not only gold but platinum time and time again. As a singer-songwriter, composer and producer, Edmonds can boast a combined 125 top 10 R&B pop hits, 42 R&B No. 1 hits and 51 top 10 pop hits, including 16 No.1's. Edmonds has won 11 Grammy Awards -- three consecutive awards for Producer of the Year in 1995, 1996 and 1997-- as well as Soul Train Awards, BMI Awards, NAACP Image Awards and American Music Awards. That disco ball would make a welcome addition.
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2) He's Worked With Multiple Music Powerhouses
If you're wondering which artists Edmonds has collaborated with, the list is long and includes: Whitney Houston, Madonna, Boys II Men, Jennifer Hudson, Celine Dion, Mariah Carey, Janet Jackson, Barbra Streisand, Ella Henderson, Pink, Beyonce, Ariana Grande and Mary J. Blige, just to name a few. His efforts have resulted in record sales of over 500 million units worldwide.
In 1989, Edmonds, along with L.A. Reid, co-founded LaFace records. Among the label's breakout acts were Toni Braxton, Usher, Outkast and TLC, whose second album CrazySexyCool (Edmonds wrote and produced several tracks), became the best-selling album of all time by an American girl group.
3) Mr. Edmonds Penned a Campaign Anthem
It would appear that Edmonds has thrown his support behind presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. In July 2016, Edmonds co-wrote "Stronger Together," which was sung by Jessica Sanchez following Clinton's speech at the 2016 Democratic National Convention. The song is titled after Clinton's campaign slogan.
4) Mr. Edmonds is a Passionate Philanthropist
Edmonds's association with charitable causes is almost exhaustive as his professional resume. He donates his time and money to a variety of organizations: Carousel of Hope, an organization which benefits the Children's Diabetes Foundation and the Barbara Davis Center for Childhood Diabetes; VH-1 Save the Music Foundation, which aims to restore music programs in public schools; the United Negro College Fund; Larry Ruvo's "Keep Memory Alive," committed to improving the lives of patients and their families facing the challenges of brain disorders; the David Foster (yes, former RHOBH cast member Yolanda Hadid's ex) Foundation for organ transplant patients; and the Mike Milken Prostate Cancer Foundation.
5) Mr. Edmonds is Unlikely to Suffer From Stage Fright
Mr. Edmonds should be cool under pressure when it comes to performing in front of a large crowd. As a solo artist, he's performed as a musical guest on just about every morning and late-night talk show, not to mention countless awards shows. He also served as an adviser on season 2 of The Voice.
Edmonds also made an appearance during season 5 of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills as a guest at one of Yolanda and David Foster's infamous dinner parties. The crooner serenaded former cast member Brandi Glanville with an improvised song about "finger banging."