Twelve-time Grammy Award winning singer, songwriter and producer Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds has signed to Capitol Records.
Capitol notes that Babyface has contributed to “over 800 million records sold and over a billion records streams”.
The label adds that he’s produced and written 125 Top 10 hits, 42 No. 1 R&B hits and 16 No. 1 pop hits.
In addition to the signing announcement, Babyface has also unveiled his first project for the label: an album named Girls’ Night Out.
The album features vocals from Babyface alongside collaborations with Ella Mai, Queen Naija, Ari Lennox, Kehlani and Doechii.
Co-produced by Babyface and Rika Tischendorf, Girls’ Night Out will be released on October 29.
The first single from the album, Keeps On Fallin, is a collaboration between Babyface and Ella Mai, and was performed at the BET Awards on Sunday June 26.
As a recording artist, songwriter and producer, he has won a total of 12 Grammy Awards. Capitol notes further that he’s the only individual in Grammy history to be honored as Producer of the Year four times.
He has also won five Soul Train Awards, five NAACP Image Awards, four American Music Awards and numerous other awards.
In addition, Babyface produced and co-wrote the Oscar-winning song When You Believe, sung by Whitney Houston and Mariah Carey, and co-founded the legendary record label LaFace.
“I am extremely honored and humbled to be signing to a legacy label like Capitol.”
Babyface, said: “I am extremely honored and humbled to be signing to a legacy label like Capitol.
“They have welcomed me with open arms and treat me like family.
“And, in the end, that is what it’s all about – doing what you love with people who have the same love for music as you do.
“I am very excited about the upcoming album and everyone on it. The process for it reminded me of when I did Waiting to Exhale and I’m excited for the world to hear.”
“Babyface’s return to the studio is long overdue.”
Michelle Jubelirer, Capitol Music Group
Michelle Jubelirer, Chair & CEO, Capitol Music Group, added: “Babyface’s return to the studio is long overdue, and I couldn’t be happier that he’s chosen Capitol as the home for such a wonderful new album.
“To hear his one-of-a-kind voice paired with some of music’s most impressive female artists is a joy that we can’t wait to share.”
Elsewhere at Capitol Music Group (CMG), in March, Rebecca ‘Dimplez’ Ijeoma was named Senior Vice President, Digital Marketing & Content Development at CMG.
Jeremy Vuernick was also promoted to President of A&R for the company in February.
Vuernick reports to CMG Chair & CEO Michelle Jubelirer, who took on the Chair & CEO role in December 2021.Music Business Worldwide