Noted, multi award winning R&B Artist, Executive Producer, Musician, Entrepreneur and icon entertainer Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds made a Nashville stop on his 2017 nationwide tour. His command performance packed the Schermerhon Symphony Center with attendees of various ages and each one of them seemed to enjoy the night immensely. Even after being out of the main spotlight for a while, Babyface showed up and showed out, clearly demonstrating that he has not lost any of his flare. After the amazing nonstop show which included a brief return to the stage to perform an encore love song for the crowd.
The medley of the night included a full range of his music and songs, as well as music projects that he has produced for countless other talents over the years. He even shared information and a sample from his latest CD release; “The Return of the Tender Lover”. The single “We got Love” is already climbing the charts and racking in the sales. As did the products for sale throughout the show and afterwards. Like the concert, the Babyface imaged, tote bags, T-shirts, Key chains and of course the new CD’s, sold out
But at this point in his career, Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds has just one thing on his mind: feeling good. “That’s ultimately what any musician or songwriter does,” stated Babyface. “We try to make people feel good.”
The 11-time Grammy Award winner channels the magic of his storied career with “Return of the Tender Lover “(Def Jam, December 4, 2015). Featuring nine new original songs is his first solo album in seven years is a nod to his RIAA triple-platinum album Tender Lover. That 1989 definitive breakthrough spun off four R&B/pop crossover hits, including the R&B No. 1’s “It’s No Crime” and “Tender Lover” plus “Whip Appeal” and “My Kinda Girl.”
But while Return of the Tender Lover revolves around love, don’t mistake the album as simply a trip down memory lane or an updated sequel. This latest project introduces a freer, less structured Babyface putting his stamp on a contemporary sound he describes as “unapologetic R&B.” The door was opened to this next phase with the critical and commercial response to his and Toni Braxton’s 2014 Grammy-winning album, Love, Marriage & Divorce. And also the influence of such live shows industry colleagues: Charlie Wilson and Maze featuring Frankie Beverly.
“This is a left turn for me, not a traditional Babyface record,” he explained; “After the reaction to my project with Toni, I was ready to go deeper into doing whatever I wanted to do instead of trying to make today’s R&B. My songs have always been more structured rather than grooves to a melody. The latter is something I picked up while on the road with Charlie Wilson and Frankie Beverly. I saw and studied how their feel-good onstage is about getting people to feel the music right with you. That’s the kind of groove I wanted to bring to this process.”
He does just that on lead single “We’ve Got Love,” a vibrant global message about love. Combine the latter with a powerful, crowd pleasing performance (Complete with him running topless through the venue…) It became a “Drop the mic” kind of night for both Babyface and the standing ovation he received from the Schermerhorn audience.