Babyface Net Worth
Babyface Net Worth: Babyface, born Kenneth Brian Edmonds, is an American R&B musician, singer-songwriter, and record producer who has a net worth of $200 million. He has written and produced over 26 number-one R&B hits throughout his career and has won numerous Grammy Awards. He was ranked number 20 on NME's 50 of The Greatest Producers Ever list.
Early Life: Babyface was born on April 10, 1958, in Indianapolis, Indiana to Marvin and Barbara Edmonds. He is the fifth of six sons of his parents. Barbara was a production operator at a pharmaceutical plant. When he was in eighth grade, Edmonds' 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. He attended North Central High School in Indianapolis, and as a shy kid, wrote songs to express his emotions. He got his nickname when he was still a teenager by funk performer Bootsy Collins, who he was then performing with, and it is an obvious reference to his youthful looks.
Career: He performed in the group Manchild (which had a 1977 hit "Especially for You" with band member Daryl Simmons) as a guitarist. In 1982 Edmonds played with funk band Redd Hott produced by Geoge Kerr. He played keyboards in the light-funk and R&B group the Deele, which also included drummer Antonio "L.A." Reid. 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 1983 double-platinum No Parking on the Dance Floor album. Babyface remained in the Deele until 1988, when both he and Reid left the group.
He released his debut studio album Lovers in 1986. His 1989 album Tender Lover reached #1 on the US R&B chart. His 1993 album For the Cool in You went triple platinum. Babyface released the highly successful album The Day in 1996 as well as the albums Christmas with Babyface in 1998, Face 2 Face in 2001, Grown & Sexy in 2005, Playlist in 2007, and Return of the Tender Lover in 2015. Babyface's album, a collaboration with Toni Braxton, Love, Marriage & Divorce was released in 2014 and reached #1 on the US R&B chart.
From the late 1980s to the early 90s, he wrote R&B and dance songs, writing and producing music for Bobby Brown ("Roni"), Karyn White ("Love Saw It"), Pebbles ("Girlfriend," "Mercedes Boy"), The Whispers ("Rock Steady," "In the Mood"), The Deele ("Two Occasions"), Johnny Gill ("My My My"), After 7 ("Ready or Not"), The Boys ("Dial My Heart"), Damian Dame ("Right Down to It") and Sheena Easton.
Edmonds has worked with many successful performers in contemporary music. Whitney Houston's "I'm Your Baby Tonight" (1990), was Houston's introduction to R&B music and Edmonds' first No. 1 Top 40 hit in the US. He also wrote and produced Boyz II Men's 1992 hit "End of the Road" and 1994's hit "I'll Make Love to You," both of which established records for the longest stay at No. 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 seven-week No. 1 hit "Take a Bow," and shared billing with Eric Clapton on the chart-topping Grammy winner "Change the World" from the Phenomenon soundtrack. He also wrote and produced the No. 1 hit "Exhale (Shoop Shoop)" for Houston as well as the rest of the critically acclaimed 10 million-selling Waiting to Exhale soundtrack in 1995, which spawned additional hits for Houston, Brandy, and Mary J. Blige.
LaFace Records: Babyface's career in the entertainment business really launched when he co-founded LaFace Records in 1989 with L.A. Reid. Three of the label's early artists, TLC, Usher, and Toni Braxton, were very successful. When Braxton won a Grammy, it shined a massive spotlight on the little-known record label. Babyface wrote most of the songs on Toni's first two albums which sold a combined 10 million copies. In total Toni sold 65 million records. Under his production and LaFace's distribution, Babyface helped TLC sell more than 75 million records worldwide. They also signed a 16-year-old Usher Raymond who would go on to enormous success, selling 65 million records while at the label. LaFace Records was one of the most successful music labels in the late 1990s and early 2000s.
TLC's second album CrazySexyCool, for which he wrote and produced some of the hits, became the best-selling album of all time by an American girl group. Under his direction, TLC sold more than 60 million albums worldwide, and a combined total of 75 million records. Toni Braxton's first two albums, Toni Braxton (1993) and Secrets (1996), for which he wrote the majority of the songs, went on to sell a combined total of over 10 million copies in America alone.
Personal Life: Babyface married his first wife, Denise, during his young adult years. In 1990, Babyface met Tracey Edmonds when she auditioned for the music video for his song "Whip Appeal." They married on September 5, 1992, and have two sons, Brandon and Dylan. On January 7, 2005, Tracey filed for divorce in Los Angeles County Superior Court, citing irreconcilable differences. In October 2005, Babyface and Tracey announced that they were ending their marriage of thirteen years.
In 2007, Babyface began dating his backup dancer Nicole "Niko" Pantenburg. Babyface and Pantenburg have a daughter born in 2008. The pair married on May 17, 2014.
In mid-April 2020, Babyface revealed via his Instagram account that he and his entire family are recovering from COVID-19. He and his family successfully fought the virus. "I am happy to report we have now tested negative and are on our way back to full health," Babyface said.
Divorce Settlement: Babyface's divorce from Tracey Edwards, his wife from 1992 – 2005 made headlines when it reportedly cost Babyface half of his total net worth, perhaps as much $100 million. That's enough to make it one of the most expensive celebrity divorces ever. His varied interests, however, made it so that he could work on rebuilding his personal fortune.
Real Estate: In May 2004, Babyface bought a five-bedroom, six-bathroom 7,508 square foot home in the Bel Air Crest neighborhood picked up for $4,100,000.
In April 2004, just before he and then-wife Tracey announced their split, Babyface shelled out $5.15 million for an 8,245 square foot mansion in the guard-gated Mulholland Estates community of Los Angeles. The house is down the street from Paris Hilton's pad and Charlie Sheen's lair—is now owned by ex-wife Tracey Edmonds.
Babyface also owns a 3,614 square foot mock-Mediterranian tract house in a gated development in Rancho Cucamonga, California bought in February 2008 for $780,000, and a typical Las Vegas tract house he bought in June 1996 for $255,000. At that price in that era of Las Vegas real estate, the house is probably in the 3,000-3,500 square-foot range.
In 2012, Babyface sold his home in Incline Village, Nevada for $2.95 million. The 7,344 square foot home has seven bedrooms and six bathrooms on a wooded hillside above Lake Tahoe. He bought the home in March 1995 with then-wife Tracey for $1.9 million.
|Net Worth:||$200 Million|
|Date of Birth:||Apr 10, 1959 (61 years old)|
|Height:||5 ft 8 in (1.75 m)|
|Profession:||Record producer, Entrepreneur, Keyboard Player, Guitarist, Film Producer, Songwriter, Singer, Singer-songwriter, Actor, Musician|
|Nationality:||United States of America|