Kenny ‘Babyface’ Edmonds continues to work the road with a brand new 13-city schedule of U.S. tour dates in support of PLAYLIST, his current album and the first release on the newly re-launched Mercury Records label (distributed worldwide by Island Def Jam Music Group). The upcoming tour will begin February 15th at Trocadero’s in Minneapolis, and run through March 5th at The Vault in Long Beach, California. (Please see tour dates below.)
PLAYLIST is the first Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds album devoted to cover versions of some of his favorite songs. The album rose to #9 on the Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart on the strength of the Top 10 AC success of his version of James Taylor’s “Fire & Rain.” Babyface’s original “Not Going Nowhere,” the second single, moved inside the Top 40 at Urban AC.
In addition to another Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds original, “The Soldier Song,” an evocative and topical elegy for wartime, PLAYLIST contains definitive new versions of songs written by Eric Clapton (“Wonderful Tonight”), Jim Croce (“Time In A Bottle”), Bob Dylan (“Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door”), Dan Fogelberg (“Longer”) , Bread (“Diary”), Dave Loggins (“Please Come To Boston”), and James Taylor (“Shower The People”).
Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds has maintained a high profile on TV and in the media including appearances on NBC’s The Today Show ( A live outdoor performance on the plaza) and ABC’s Live with Regis & Kelly, “Wake Up With Whoopi” [Goldberg] Show, The Ellen Show, The Tyra Banks show, Opra, ABC-TV’s “Frosted Pink” breast cancer special (with Heart, Joss Stone, Rascal Flatts, and Olivia Newton John), and PBS’s The Tavis Smiley Show. He also shared a stage with country music star Trisha Yearwood on the CMT Crossroads Concert Special in Nashville.
PLAYLIST is the third album in the new millennium by 10-time Grammy-winning megastar Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds, the follow-up to Grown & Sexy (July 2005) and Face2Face (released on the fateful Tuesday of September 11, 2001). Over the past two decades, his albums and singles have amassed U.S. sales exceeding 10 million units: Lovers By Babyface (1987); Tender Lover (1989, double-platinum), a #1 R&B album in Billboard for 11 weeks, including the #1 R&B singles “It’s No Crime” and “Tender Love,” “Whip Appeal” (#2), and “My Kinda Girl” (#3); For the Cool In You (1993, triple-platinum), on the R&B album chart for 87 weeks, with the top 10 R&B singles “For the Cool In You,” “Never Keeping Secrets,” “And Our Feelings,” and “When Can I See You”; The Day (1996, double-platinum), with the top 5 R&B/pop crossover hits “This Is For the Lover In You” (platinum) and “Every Time I Close My Eyes” (gold); MTV Unplugged NYC 1997 (gold); and Christmas With Babyface (1998).
KENNY “BABYFACE” EDMONDS ON TOUR
Date(s) City Venue
Feb. 15 Minneapolis, MN Trocadero’s
Feb. 16 Merrillville, IN Star Plaza
Feb. 17 Covington, KY Madison Theater
Feb. 18 Youngstown, OH Chevrolet Center
Feb. 21 Orlando, FL House of Blues
Feb. 22 Miami, FL Carnival Ctr. for the Perf. Arts
Feb. 23 Phoenix, AZ Fort McDowell Casino
Feb. 24 Tucson, AZ Tucson Convention Ctr.
Feb. 26 Alexandria, VA Birchmere
Feb. 28 Richmond, VA The National
Feb. 29 – Atlantic City, NJ Borgata
Mar. 1 Atlantic City, NJ Borgata
Mar. 3 Nashville, TN Ryman Auditorium
Mar. 5 Long Beach, CA The Vault