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Published on August 14th, 2015 | by Jameelah "Just Jay" Wilkerson


Babyface Debuts New Single “We’ve Got Love” on the Steve Harvey Radio Show”




The legacy of 11-time Grammy Award®-winning multi-platinum icon Kenny ‘Babyface’ Edmonds continues with the release of “We’ve Got Love,” the first single from his forthcoming Def Jam Recordings album RETURN OF THE TENDER LOVER.

“We’ve Got Love,” the album’s first single, transcends romantic love to bring a global message of love and connectedness that we all have in our hearts. The song has already won strong reactions from radio programmers, and made its debut on this morning on Steve Harvey’s nationally syndicated radio show. Fans can listen to the track now on VEVO:

The track will be available August 14th for streaming and down­load. Babyface is currently touring through October in the U.S. and South Africa and will continue to tour in support of the upcoming new album.

“I have been blessed to experience a lot of love in my life,” commented Babyface. “It is the greatest gift in life and I feel blessed to share that universal message through my music.”

RETURN OF THE TENDER LOVER is the 10th studio album by the poignant tunesmith, prolific hit maker/producer, superstar recording artist, and revolutionary label owner Babyface. The album is filled with eight beautiful new original tracks of unapologetic R&B, intended to bring feel-good grooves back to music. Babyface plays on every track on the album including, although not limited to, his amazing and widely-praised guitar work.

RETURN OF THE TENDER LOVER’s title commemorates and pays homage to Babyface’s breakthrough album of 1989, the RIAA triple-platinum Tender Lover. His second studio LP, it spun off a quartet of career-defining solo R&B/pop cross­over hits, “It’s No Crime” (#1), “Tender Love” (#1), “Whip Appeal” (#2), and “My Kinda Girl” (#3).

Babyface reigns as one the most prolific and successful producers and songwriters in pop music history. A sample of the artists he has produced and written (or co-written) hits for would include Barbra Streisand, Whitney Houston, Beyoncé, Ariana Grande, Mariah Carey, Madonna, Eric Clapton, Colbie Caillat, Jennifer Hudson, Michael Jackson, Toni Braxton, and Aretha Franklin.

Earlier this year, Babyface shared the Best R&B Album Grammy Award® with multi-platinum 7-time Grammy Award®-winner Toni Braxton for Love, Marriage & Divorce, released February 2014 on Def Jam Recordings. The album took off behind “Hurt You,” the Urban AC #1 duet hit co-written by Toni Braxton & Babyface (with Daryl Simmons and Antonio Dixon), and produced by Babyface, who handled all guitar, drums, and keyboard pro­gram­­ming on the track. “Hurt You” hit Top 40 pop and R&B, and rose to #1 on the Adult R&B Songs chart, where it spent more than six months.

Love, Marriage & Divorce was Babyface’s first new studio album in nearly seven years, since Playlist (September 2007), which hit Top 10 on Billboard’s Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart on the strength of his Top 10 AC version of James Taylor’s “Fire & Rain.”

Babyface made his Broadway musical debut in a leading role in 2014, when he and Toni Braxton joined the cast of After Midnight as “Special Guest Star” vocalists, for a limited engage­ment run. After Midnight reintroduced the Cotton Club’s exciting tradition of welcom­ing contemporary artists in limited engagements throughout the musical’s 272-performance run at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre.

Upcoming Tour Dates:

Thurs. Aug. 20 Lemoore, CA Tachi Palace Hotel & Casino

Fri. Aug. 21 Lancaster, CA Antelope Valley Fair (with co-headliner Boyz II Men)

Sat. Aug. 22 Lincoln, CA Thunder Casino Resort (with co-headliner Boyz II Men)

Fri. Aug. 28 Harare, Zimbabwe International Convention Centre*

Sat. Aug. 30 Durban, SA Moses Mabhida Stadium*

Tues. Sept. 1 Cape Town, SA International Convention Centre*

Thurs. Sept. 3 Johannesburg, SA FNB Stadium*

Fri. Sept. 4 Johannesburg, SA FNB Stadium*

Fri. Oct. 16 Newkirk, OK First Council Casino

Fri. Oct. 23 Phoenix, AZ Arizona Jazz Festival

*with co-headliner Toni Braxton

About Kenny ‘Babyface’ Edmonds:

11-time Grammy Award®-winning recording artist Kenny ‘Babyface’ Edmonds, singer, songwriter, producer, philanthropist, and record label owner, has been revolutionizing the contemporary pop/Urban music landscape ever since scoring consecutive multi-platinum landmark albums with Tender Lover (1989, with R&B smashes “It’s No Crime,” “Tender Love,” “Whip Appeal,” “My Kinda Girl”); For the Cool In You (1993, with hit singles “For the Cool In You,” “Never Keeping Secrets,” “And Our Feelings,” “When Can I See You”); and The Day (1996, with “This Is For the Lover In You” and “Every Time I Close My Eyes”). As co-founder with L.A. Reid of Atlanta’s LaFace Records in 1989, Edmonds nurtured the careers of megastars TLC, OutKast, Goodie Mob, Usher, and (starting in 1992) Toni Braxton. Into the ’90s and ’00s, Edmonds lent his talents to an abundance of hits with artists ranging from Whitney Houston, Michael Jackson, and Boyz II Men, to Mariah Carey, Madonna, Eric Clapton, Mary J. Blige, John Mellencamp, Aretha Franklin, Fall Out Boy, P!nk, Beyoncé, Anthony Hamilton, and many others. Under Edmonds’ belt are more than 125 Top 10 R&B and pop hits, 42 R&B #1 hits, and 51 Top 10 Pop hits (including 16 #1’s), which have generated cumulative single and album sales of more than 500 million units worldwide. His most recent productions with other artists include Barbra Streisand, Celine Dion, Keri Hilson, Ledisi, Colbie Caillat, Jennifer Hudson, and Ariana Grande. At the same time, Babyface is an active touring artist, performing concerts across the U.S. and around the world on a regular basis.

Edmonds is the recipient of numerous awards, including Soul Train Music Awards, BMI Awards, NAACP Image Awards, and American Music Awards. He received the third BET Walk of Fame Award (following previous honorees Michael Jackson and Whitney Houston), and was named BET’s Entertainer Of The Year at the First Annual BET Awards Ceremony. His charitable work has garnered him the Essence Award For Excellence, The City of Hope Award, and Variety magazine’s “Top of the Town” Honoree Award. He was the National Spokes­man for Boarder Babies, and personally helped raise more than $500,000 for a transitional home, The Little Blue House, in Washington, D.C. He has also personally donated over $100,000 to the VH-1 Save the Music program, and contributes to a host of worthwhile organiza­tions, including the United Negro College Fund (UNCF).

In 2008, Edmonds and longtime partner Antonio ‘L.A.’ Reid combined their musical prowess and charitable efforts to co-write and co-produce “Just Stand Up” with heavyweights Beyoncé, Rihanna, Mariah Carey, Mary J. Blige, Leona Lewis, Ciara, Carrie Underwood, Sheryl Crow, and Miley Cyrus, to name a few. The song served as the backbone of a multi-purpose breast cancer awareness special. Edmonds and Reid were subsequently honored by the Noble Awards for their contribution to Stand Up To Cancer.

Recently Edmonds has been very active in supporting Carousel of Hope, which benefits the Children’s Diabetes Foundation and Barbara Davis Center for Childhood Diabetes; as well as Larry Ruvo’s “Keep Memory Alive,” which is committed to improving the lives of patients and their families as they navigate the extraordinary challenges of brain disorders. In Las Vegas, the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health treats patients with Alzheimer’s, Huntington’s and Parkinson’s disease, as well as frontotemporal dementia and multiple sclerosis.

Among other expressions of Kenny’s generosity are his charitable performances at several fund-raising events for FasterCures, the center for accelerating medical solutions of the non-profit Milken Institute. During an extended 2012 performance at FasterCures’ Celebration of Science at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., he not only enthralled the audience with his songs, but also moved them by recounting the health challenges of his parents including the lung cancer that took the life of his father, a decorated soldier who succumbed when Kenny was in the eighth grade.



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