Monday, March 24, 2014

What Happened ? The Dramatics

The Dramatics (formerly The Dynamics)

The Dramatics originally formed in 1962, the vocal sextet comprised of Rob Davis, Ron Banks, Larry Reed, Robert Ellington, Larry "Squirrel" Demps, and Elbert Wilkens initially recording as the Dynamics in 1965. Their first release in 1965 was entitled "Bingo" and the B-side was entitled "Somewhere". It was recorded for the late Ed Wingate's "Wingate" record label, a division of Golden World Records in Detroit, Michigan. Wingate changed the name of the group by misprinting the name of the group from The Dynamics to The Dramatics.

In 1966 the group's second release: "Inky Dinky Wang Dang Doo", the B-side was entitled: "Baby I Need You". In 1967, Motown had absorbed the entire Golden World Records operation, including their publishing: Myto Music BMI, The Golden World, Ric Tic, and Wingate Record labels, as well as recording artists. The Dramatics, however didn’t stay long at Motown quickly moving to Sport Records where they garnered their first minor hit single, "All Because of You."

 Even though the group managed to stay together, the ensuing years were unproductive for chart action and sales. Between 1967 and 1971, the Dramatics made very little noise on the national scene. By the end of 1971, Davis summoned the group to the studio to record producer/songwriter Tony Hester's The Dramatics signed to Stax-Volt Records in 1968. However, the group did not break through until their 1971 single, "Whatcha See Is Whatcha Get," a latin-tinged cut lyrically based on a comic phrase popularized by Flip Wilson.

It was an instant hit on both the pop and soul charts. "Whatcha See Is Whatcha Get," which broke into the Top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at #9. Their first million selling disc "Whatcha See Is Whatcha Get" was awarded gold disc status by the R.I.A.A. in December 1971.

The following year the Dramatics released "In the Rain," which was also penned by Hester. The single torpedoed its way to the number one spot on the R&B charts, maintaining that position for four consecutive weeks; the single also peaked at number five on the pop charts. Ironically, in spite of the national attention the group was receiving, another personnel shuffle was simmering.

Shortly after the success of their first album, some group members became discouraged, which facilitated a major personnel change. William "Wee Gee" Howard replaced lead singer Reed, and Willie Ford of the Capitols replaced bass Rob Davis. Also during this time, the Dramatics had signed with producer Don Davis' production company.

Larry "L.J." Reynolds, who had been a member of Chocolate Syrup and was pursuing a solo career during this time, met Dramatics member Banks at the Apollo following a performance by the group. Howard was absent that night and Reynolds auditioned for Banks backstage; it wasn’t long afterwards that Reynolds, who was also signed to Don Davis' production company, began to occasionally sit in with the Dramatics during Howard's absences.

In 1973 Howard and Wilkens left the group. They were replaced by Larry James "L.J." Reynolds and Leonard "Lenny" Mayes. While the group has had various compositions, once L.J. Reynolds replaced William Howard, the core of the group was set. With Reynolds' gruff baritone and Ron Banks' soaring falsetto, a unique group harmony was created that is still recognizable today.

In 1973, Reynolds' vocal presence and permanent entry into the group was manifested with the release of the R&B Top Ten single "Hey You! Get Off My Mountain". Wilkens formed his own version of the Dramatics and began touring. During this time and pending legal procedures, the name of the group was changed to Ron Banks & the Dramatics.

In the mid-seventies the group switched to ABC records where, with producer Don Davis, they released a number of relatively successful albums, though their coverage was, at that point, limited to the Soul radio. Hits like "In the Rain", "Toast to the Fool", "Me and Mrs. Jones" (originally by Billy Paul), "I'm Going By The Stars In Your Eyes" and "Be My Girl." "In the Rain" also sold over one million copies, and was awarded a gold disc. Many of the Dramatics' songs were written by Tony Hester, a Detroit writer/producer who was shot to death in a street robbery in 1980.

In the meantime, Howard and Wilkens formed a Dramatics splinter group, and came up with a minor R&B hit, "No Rebate on Love." The Dramatics split up in 1982 as Reynolds and Banks both embarked on solo careers.

Reynolds had partial success with mild hit called “Key to The World” but reunited in 1986 with Ron Banks and Howard for two albums, the be forth mentioned Somewhere in Time: A Dramatic Reunion and Positive State Of Mind, before Howard departed again.

The Dramatics also were guests on the Snoop Doggy Dogg song, "Doggy Dogg World". The song appeared on Snoop's 1993 debut album, Doggystyle. Elbert Wilkens (who died of a heart attack on December 13, 1992, at the age of 45) While other popular 70s groups have had trouble sustaining recording careers, the Dramatics have continued to cut a new LP every few years, right up through 2002's Look Inside, a surprisingly strong record that has only received limited distribution in the U.S.

They received national attention for their professionalism in 2001 when they performed for "Fly Jock" Tom Joyner, singing two sets during his show's appearance in Detroit on less than 12 hour notice after a cancellation by DeBarge.

 In 2002 The Dramatics appeared on Snoop Dogg's sixth studio album Paid tha cost to be tha boss on the song "Ballin'". The group continues to tour and presently consists of Reynolds, Ford, Winzell Kelly and Michael Brock, who replaced Mayes (who died of lung cancer on November 8, 2004, at the age of 53). The Dramatics were officially inducted into the R&B Music Hall of Fame at Cleveland State University's Waetejen Auditorium on Saturday August 17, 2013. While never reaching "supergroup" status in the public's eyes, the Dramatics have been one of the most prolific, consistently entertaining groups of the last three decades.

In 2003, the group, consisting of Reynolds, Banks, Winzell Kelly, Willie Ford and Lenny Mayes, released "Greatest Hits Live," a terrific peek at a 2001 Dramatics performance that shows the group still in fine form and a testament to the longevity of this Sadly, group member Lenny Mayes died on November 7, 2004, after a long illness.

In 2006, local Detroit developer Herb Strather honored the Dramatics (along with Freda Payne, the Four Tops and others), with a street named after the group in one of the newest neighborhoods being built in the city. The Dramatics were honored for their careers when they received the "Lifetime Achievement Award" at the 2008 SoulTracks Readers' Choice Awards. All of the current members came to the awards as well as the mother of deceased member Lenny Mayes. Sadly, on March 4, 2010, group falsetto lead Ron Banks died of an apparent heart attack at his Detroit home. He was replaced by singer Michael Brock, who in turn was replaced in November, 2011 by singer Donald Albert.

The group managed to stay active, reuniting to record new material every three or four years since the early '80s. They occasionally reunite for concert events.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

What Happened? Smokey Robinson

Smokey Robinson
William "Smokey" Robinson, Jr. (born February 19, 1940) in Detroit and raised in the city's North End section. At one point, he and Diana Ross were next-door neighbors; he said he has known Ross since she was eight. Robinson later told reporters when he was a child, his uncle christened him "Smokey Joe", which Robinson assumed was a "cowboy name for me" until he was later told that Smokey was a pejorative term for dark-skinned Blacks. Robinson, who is mainly of African American descent and is light-skinned, remembers his uncle saying to him, "I'm doing this so you won't ever forget that you're black." Robinson said his interest in music started after hearing the groups Nolan Strong & The Diablos and Billy Ward and His Dominoes on the radio as a child.

 Robinson later listed Strong, a Detroit native, as a strong vocal influence during an interview with Goldmine as he and Strong shared similar vocals. In 1955, he formed the first lineup of the group with childhood friend Ronald White and classmate Pete Moore. Two years later, in 1957, they were renamed The Matadors and included Bobby Rogers. Another member, Emerson Rogers, was replaced by Bobby's cousin Claudette Rogers. The group's guitarist, Marv Tarplin, joined them sometime in 1958. The Matadors began touring Detroit venues around this time.
They later changed their name to the Miracles, taking inspiration from the name, "Miracletones". In August 1957, Robinson and The Miracles met songwriter Berry Gordy after a failed audition for Brunswick Records. Gordy was impressed with Robinson's vocals and even more impressed with Robinson's ambitious songwriting. With his help, the Miracles released their first single, "Got a Job", an answer song to the Silhouettes' hit single "Get a Job" on End Records. During this time, Robinson attended college, starting classes in January 1959, studying electrical engineering. However, after the Miracles released their first record, Robinson dropped out after only two months. Robinson married his fellow Miracles member Claudette Rogers in 1959.

After a number of failures and difficulties with money, Robinson suggested to Gordy to start his own label, which Gordy agreed. Following the forming of Tamla Records, later reincorporated as Motown, the Miracles became one of the first acts signed to the label. In late 1960, the group recorded their first hit single, "Shop Around", which became Motown's first million-selling single. Between 1960 and 1970, Robinson would produce 26 top forty hits with the Miracles as lead singer, chief songwriter and producer, including several top ten hits such as "You've Really Got a Hold on Me", "Mickey's Monkey", "I Second That Emotion", "Baby Baby Don't Cry" and the group's only number-one hit during their Robinson years, "Tears of a Clown", while other notable hits such as "Ooo Baby Baby", "Going to a Go-Go", "The Tracks of My Tears", "(Come Round Here) I'm The One You Need", "The Love I Saw in You Was Just a Mirage" and "More Love" peaked at the top twenty.
In 1965, the Miracles was the first Motown group to adapt a name change when they were listed as Smokey Robinson & The Miracles on the cover of their 1965 album, also titled, Going to a Go-Go. Their name change would be confirmed on singles after 1966.

Between 1962 and 1966, Robinson would also be one of the in-demand songwriters and producers for Motown, penning several hit singles such as "The One Who Really Loves You", "You Beat Me to the Punch" and "My Guy" for Mary Wells, "The Way You Do The Things You Do", "My Girl", "Since I Lost My Baby" and "Get Ready" for The Temptations. "When I'm Gone" and "Operator" for Brenda Holloway, "Don't Mess With Bill", "The Hunter Gets Captured by the Game" and "My Baby Must Be a Magician" for The Marvelettes and "I'll Be Doggone" and "Ain't That Peculiar" for Marvin Gaye. His top rank as songwriter and producer however dropped by the arrivals of Holland–Dozier–Holland and the team of Norman Whitfield and Barrett Strong, and even Motown artists such as Gaye and Stevie Wonder. He later contributed lyrics and musical composition for the works of The Contours' "First I Look at the Purse", the Four Tops' "Still Water" and The Supremes' "Floy Joy".
In 1968 Smokey and his wife Cluadette gave birth to son Berry Robinson name after Berry Gordy. By 1969, Robinson had voiced his opinion on wanting to retire from the road to focus on raising a family with wife Claudette and their two children, and also focus his duties as Motown's vice president, a job he earned by the mid-1960s after Esther Gordy Edwards had left the position and began mentoring Motown acts on the label's Motortown Revues.

In 1969 Smokey’s second child Tamala was born named after the successful label that anchored the hit single of the Miracles. However, the late success of the group's track, "Tears of a Clown", caused Robinson to stay with the group until 1972. Robinson's last performance with the group was in July 1972 in Washington, D.C.

After a year of retirement, Robinson announced his comeback with the release of the eponymous titled Smokey album, in 1973. The album included the Miracles tribute song, "Sweet Harmony" and the hit ballad "Baby Come Close"
In 1974, Robinson's second album, Pure Smokey was released but failed to produce hits. Robinson struggled to compete with his former collaborators Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder and former Temptations member Eddie Kendricks as all three had multiple hit singles during this period.
Robinson answered his critics the following year with A Quiet Storm, released in 1975. The album launched three singles - the number-one R&B hit "Baby That's Backatcha", "The Agony & The Ecstasy" and "Quiet Storm". However, Robinson's solo career continued to struggle as Robinson mainly focused as Motown's vice president, rather than work on his own career. As a result, several albums including Smokey's Family Robinson, Deep in My Soul, Love Breeze and Smokin, suffered from dismal promotion and even more dismal reviews from critics. Robinson had by then relied on other writers and producers to help with his albums.

A radio format created Melvin Lindsey which featured R&B slow tunes with jazz started surfacing around the country called “Quiet Storm”. The title of the format was inspired by the song and album created by Smokey. Following these albums, Robinson got out of a writer's block after his close collaborator Marv Tarplin, who joined him on the road in 1973 after Robinson left the Miracles, presented him a musical composition he had composed on his guitar. Robinson later wrote the lyrics that became his first top ten pop single, "Cruisin'". The song peaked at number four on the Billboard Hot 100 and became his first solo number one hit ever in New Zealand. Robinson would follow a similar approach with his next album, Warm Thoughts, which produced another top 40 hit, "Let Me Be the Clock", though it didn't repeat the success of "Cruisin'". By the early eighties, Smokey had begun developing a cocaine addiction. Following the deaths of his father and close label mate Marvin Gaye, the demise of his marriage and his own career troubles, Robinson developed an addiction to crack.
In 1981, Robinson achieved a massive hit with another ballad, "Being with You", which peaked at number two on the Billboard Hot 100 and reached number-one in the UK, becoming his most successful single to date. The parent album sparked a partnership with George Tobin and with Tobin, Robinson released his next several Motown albums, Yes It's You Lady, which produced the hit, "Tell Me Tomorrow"; Touch the Sky and Essar.
In 1983, Robinson teamed up with fellow Motown label mate Rick James recording the R&B ballad, "Ebony Eyes". In 1983 Smokey Robinson with several Motown acts returned to perform on Motown 25 special. He performed with his group the Miracles and with Linda Rodstadt. Robinson got clean in 1986 after visiting a church under the advice of longtime friend Leon Kennedy.
In 1987, following a period of personal and professional issues, Robinson made a comeback with the album, One Heartbeat and the singles, "Just to See Her" and "One Heartbeat", which both peaked at the top ten, with "Just to See Her" winning Robinson his first Grammy Award in 1988. The album became Robinson's most successful to date, selling half a million copies.
In the same year Robinson released One Heartbeat, he was inducted as a solo artist to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, later igniting controversy as the committee had only inducted Robinson but not members of his group, the Miracles, which Robinson himself was personally offended by.
In 1989, Robinson wrote the memoirs, Inside My Life, in which he opened up about his drug use.
In 1989, he was inducted to the Songwriter's Hall of Fame.
After Motown was sold off to MCA in 1988, Robinson relinquished his position as vice president. Following the release of the album, Love Smokey, in 1990, Robinson left Motown for a deal with SBK Records in 1991. However, the album, Double Good Everything failed to chart. Robinson remained virtually quiet during the nineties making a brief comeback in 1999 when he re-signed with Motown and issued the album, Intimate, which included the song "Easy to Love".
In 1998 Smokey was featured in the telling of The Temptations, a mini-series based on a book written by Otis Williams. Smokey Robinson is shown singing an original son written for the movie at the funeral of Melvin Franklin.
In 2003, he once again split ties with Motown, releasing the gospel album, Food for the Soul on Liquid 8 Records in 2004.
Two years later, Robinson released the standards album, Timeless Love, in 2006 on Universal Records.
In 2007 Smokey Robinson made a public outcry about “Dreamgirls” , movie starring Jamie Foxx and Beyonce. He stated that the movie tarnished the Motown legacy.
In 2009, he issued the album, Time Flies When You're Having Fun on his own label, Robso Records. Time Flies has been the last album Robinson has released.
2009 at Michael Jackson memorial services Smokey explain his admiration of Michael how he finesse the song “Who’s Loving You”
 On March 20, 2009, The Miracles were finally honored as a group with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Smokey was present with original Miracles members Bobby Rogers, Pete Moore, (Bobby's cousin) Claudette Rogers, and Gloria White, accepting for her husband, the late Ronnie White, whose daughter Pamela and granddaughter Maya were there representing him as well. Smokey's replacement, 1970s Miracles lead singer, Billy Griffin was also honored.

 
2010 Smokey Robinson appeared on Daryl Hall webcast show Live from Daryl’s House. He and Hall performed “Ooh Baby Baby” and “Sarah Smile”. 2011 Smokey Robinson was honored by President Barrack Obama at the 34th Kennedy Honors along with Meryl Streep, Neil Diamond and others.

 2014 Smokey Robinson alongside Steve Tyler presented the award for Best Record of the Year. Steve Tyler broke into impromptu version of “You Really Got a Hold of Me”.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Top 10 R & B Duo or Duets acts of all time
10. Avant & KeKe Wyatt
 
 9. Sam & Dave

 8. Rene’ & Angela
 
 7. Roberta Flack & Donny Hathaway
 
 6. Ashford & Simpson
 
 5. Hall & Oats
 
4. Ike & Tina Turner
 
3. K-Ci & JoJo
 
2. Alexander O’Neil & Cherrelle
 
 
1. Marvin Gaye & Tami Terrell
 

Thursday, April 11, 2013

What Happened? Babyface

Babyface

Kenneth Edmonds was born on April 10, 1959, in Indianapolis, Indiana, to Marvin and Barbara Edmonds. Barbara was a pharmaceutical plant manager. Edmonds, who is the fifth of six brothers (including After 7 band members Melvin and Kevon Edmonds, the latter of whom went on to have a modestly successful solo career), attended North Central High School in Indianapolis, Indiana, and as a shy youth, wrote songs to express his emotions. When he was in eighth grade, Edmonds's father died of lung cancer, leaving his mother to raise her sons alone. At this stage, Edmonds became determined to have a career in music.

Edmonds later played with funk performer Bootsy Collins, who tagged him "Babyface" because of his cute face while he was still a teen. He also played in the groups Manchild (which had a 1976 hit "Especially for You" with band member Daryl Simmons), as he was a guitarist for the band.

 
 
The Deele was formed in 1981. The Deele recorded three albums during the 1980s, and scored several hit singles. The sextet released their debut album, Street Beat in 1983, and the following year, a single from this album, "Body Talk" became their first hit, reaching #3 on the R&B chart and #77 on the Billboard Hot 100 pop chart. Guitarist/keyboardist Stanley "Stick" Burke left the band prior to the recording of a follow-up album. Recorded as a quintet, Material Thangz was released in 1985. It was not as successful as their debut album.
Then, as a keyboardist in the light-funk and R&B group The Deele (which also included drummer Antonio "L.A." Reid, with whom he would later form a successful writing and producing partnership). One of his first major credits as a songwriter for outside artists came when he wrote the tune "Slow-Jam" for the R&B band Midnight Star in 1983. The tune was on Midnight Star's double-platinum No Parking on the Dance Floor album, and while it never hit the charts, the song  is still played on quiet storm shows.
 In 1986 Babyface released his first solo project on Solar records calLed Lovers. The was didn't meet expectations. 

The Deele reached the apex of their career in 1987 with the release of their third album, Eyes of a Stranger, which produced two top-10 R&B singles, "Shoot 'Em Up Movies" and perhaps their best-known song, "Two Occasions". The latter track reached #4 on the R&B charts and cracked the top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100. Music videos were made for both songs. The video for the "Shoot 'Em Up Movies" track was directed by Martin Pitts and produced by Mickey Shapiro.
In the late 1980s, he contributed to the creation of new jack swing, writing and producing music for the likes of Bobby Brown, Karyn White, Pebbles, Paula Abdul and '80s icon Sheena Easton.
Babyface remained in The Deele until 1988, when both he and Reid left the group. It was during this time that L.A. Reid and Babyface Edmonds began crafting their talents as songwriters for other artists. They wrote and produced "Girlfriend" (which featured backing vocals from Deele members and became a top ten hit) for Reid's girlfriend, and eventual wife Pebbles. During this period, they also wrote and produced The Whispers' "Rock Steady".
 In 1988, both Babyface and Reid left the group and founded LaFace Records in 1989.
In 1989 Babyface released his second album Tender Lover. The first song released from the album “No Crime” was a dance hit. He followed it with the title cut "Tender Lover" and then the massive “Whip Appeal
In 1989, Edmonds co-founded LaFace Records with Reid.
1989 "Don't Be Cruel" by Bobby Brown penned by Babyface was nominated for a Grammy for Best Rhythm & Blues Song.
1990 "Every Little Step" by Bobby Brown penned by Babyface was Nominated for a Grammy for Best Rhythm & Blue Song Babyface also nominated a Grammy for "Superwoman" a song he wrote for Karyn White. "It's No Crime" Best R&B Instrumental Performance Nominated in the same year.
After success of Tender Lover, Solar released the album Second Look in 1991. The album combined hits of Lovers and Tender Lover and a live version of The Deele song “Two Occasion” which Babyface was the lead.
In 1991 Babbyface was nominated for a Grammy for"Whip Appeal" Best R&B Vocal Performance Male. He was also nominated for writing "My, My, My" performed Johnny Gill Best Rhythm & Blue Song.
In 1992 TLC released their first album Ooooh On The Cool Tip on LaFace Records.
The Boomerang Soundtrack was released on LaFace Records. The soundtrack will go triple platinum over its life span.
In 1993, Greene and Bristol reunited again as The Deele (without Reid, Edmonds, or Roberson) to record the album, An Invitation to Love. This album found the group adopting a more new jack swing-based sound and incorporating rap into many of their songs. Failing to make a dent in the charts, the group called it quits later that same year.
In 1993 Babyface signed to Arista released For the Cool in You. The album would enjoy two hits from the alumd; the title cut and "Never Keeping Secerts"
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n 1993 Toni Braxton released her self-entitled album on LaFace Records.The album was in response to her stellar performance on the Boomerang soundtrack.The songs written by LA Reid and Babyface that were intended for Anita Baker.
In 1993 Babyface won his first Grammy for writing "End of the Road" for Boyz II Men in the Best Rhythm & Blues Song category.
Babyface won his second Grammy for Producer of the Year (Non-Classical)
In 1994, he appeared and performed on an episode of Beverly Hills, 90210 entitled "Mr. Walsh Goes to Washington (Part 2)".
1994 The Bodyguard: Original Soundtrack Album Babyface won another Grammy (as a Producer) Album of the Year. He was also nominated "For the Cool in You" Best R&B Vocal Performance, Male and he was also nominated for writing "Can We Talk" for Tevin Campbell in Best Rhythm & Blues Song category.
Edmonds works with many successful performers in contemporary music. “I’m Your Baby Tonight,” produced for Whitney Houston, was his first #1 Top 40 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 1994 Bedtime Stories, which featured the 7-week #1 hit "Take a Bow," and shared billing with Eric Clapton on the chart-topping Grammy winner "Change the World" from the Phenomenon soundtrack.
In 1995 Babyface won his fourth Grammy for "When Can I See You" Best Male R&B Vocal Performance it was his first for as recording artist. He was also nominated for Best Rhythm & Blue Song for “when Can I See You”. He won another Grammy for writing "I'll Make Love to You" for Boyz II Men. He also scored another nomination for writing "You Mean the World to Me" for Toni Braxton for her self-entitled debut album.
Babyface produced and wrote all the songs except “My Funny Valentine” for the Soundtrack to “Waiting To Exhale”. The soundtrack featured all female R & B artist. The album sells over 7 million copies.
In 1996 Babyface returned to the studio to record The Day
Babyface helped form the popular R&B group Az Yet. In 1996 the group released their self-entitled album on LaFace Records.
1996 Grammys nominations rolled in Babyface winning for Producer of the Year and being nominated for "Someone to Love" (with Jon B.) Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals and writing "Red Light Special" for TLC in the Best Rhythm & Blues Song category along with "You Can't Run"
Babyface also worked with David Foster to compose "The Power of the Dream," the official song of the 1996 Summer Olympics, performed by superstar Céline Dion. Linda Thompson provided the lyrics. The official soundtrack for the 1996 Summer Olympics was released on the Laface Record label.
Additionally, Edmonds has produced and written music for many artists including Carole King, Patti LaBelle, Chaka Khan, Aretha Franklin, Madonna, Janet Jackson, Faith Evans, Al Green, Beyoncé, Diana Ross, Sheena Easton, Toni Braxton, Michael Jackson, Michael Bolton, Paula Abdul, Pebbles, Tevin Campbell, Bobby Brown, Whitney Houston, Brandy, Mary J. Blige, Tamia, Shola Ama, 3T, Sisqó, Dru Hill, Fall Out Boy, Céline Dion, Katharine McPhee, Mariah Carey, Vanessa L. Williams, Chanté Moore, En Vogue, Eric Clapton, Kenny G, Lil Wayne, P!nk, Marc Nelson, TLC, and Phil Collins among others. He received three consecutive Grammy Awards for Producer of the Year in 1995–1997.
In 1997 at the height of his career Babyface performed on MTV Unplugged. The show also included Stevie Wonder, Shanice, K-Ci & Jojo. Babyface released an album and Dvd of this project.
In 1997 Babyface won several Grammys one for "Change The World" (as a Producer) Record of the Year, "Exhale (Shoop Shoop)" by Whitney Houston for writing in the Best Rhythm & Blues Song category and Producer of the Year. He was also nominated for best song for the year for “Exhale (Shoop Shoop),"Sittin' up in My Room" written for Brandy and "You're Makin' Me High" written for Toni Braxton in the Best Rhythm & Blues Song category.
In the mid-1990s, Edmonds and his wife Tracey Edmonds expanded into the business of motion pictures, setting up Edmonds Entertainment Group and producing films such as Soul Food in 1997.

In 1998 Babyface released his first holiday album Christmas with Babyface.
 
1998 was another stellar year for Babyface his album The Day was nominated for Album of the Year and Best R&B Album. His songs "Every Time I Close My Eyes" was nominated for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance and "Silver Springs" (feat. Stevie Wonder) Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals. "How Come, How Long" (feat. Stevie Wonder) was nominated for Best Short Form Music Video and he won Producer of the Year, Non-Classical
 
In 1999 Babyface appeared on the “Martin” show episode “Life is a Beach” singing “You Are So Beautiful” at Matin and Gina’s wedding.
Face 2 Face (2001)
Edmonds Entertainment Group released it second feature movie Josie and the Pussycats in (2001), and also the soundtrack for the film The Prince of Egypt, which included contributions from numerous artists, including Mariah Carey and Whitney Houston single.
They are the current executive producers of the hit BET reality series College Hill.
Babyface releases Grown & Sexy (2005)
Babyface also participated as a duet partner on the Fox reality show Celebrity Duets.
 Babyface was in the studio for about two years with Ashanti to produce her album The Declaration.
On August 30, 2006, Babyface was honored as a BMI Icon at the 6th annual BMI Urban Awards. Throughout his career, Babyface has won the BMI Pop Songwriter of the Year trophy seven times and a total of 51 BMI Awards.
As of 2007, Dee, Satin, Kayo & Burke have officially reformed the band with new member fifth member Qui . Their new MySpace page currently includes a new Christmas song released by the band, as well as a recent interview with the three original members (although Kayo was very reserved) at a Dallas radio station, during which Dee discusses, among other things, how The Deele were the first band signed to Solar Records solely based on their music (the representatives hadn't actually seen them perform). Now a part of Dallas Based Eieg/D-Town Records.
Babyface and L.A. Reid are the only two original members not participating in the current project. His album Playlist consists of eight cover songs and two original works. It was released on September 18, 2007. It was the first album on the newly re-launched Mercury Records label.
He worked on the Lil Wayne album Tha Carter III, on the Kanye West-produced "Comfortable." He also worked with R&B singer Monica for her album Still Standing.
Babyface has written and produced over 26 #1 R&B hits throughout his career.
 He is currently in studio working on his tenth studio album.
 Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds divorces his wife Tracy after 12 years of Marriage.
 Babyface is nominated for a Grammy in 2013 "Pray For Me" Best R&B Song.