Babyface Sets December 4th Release Date
A multi-tiered campaign is underway leading up to the December 4th release of RETURN OF THE TENDER LOVER, the eagerly anticipated new album from 11-time Grammy Award®-winning, multi-platinum icon Kenny ‘Babyface’ Edmonds on Def Jam Recordings. iTunes pre-orders for the new album will begin on November 13th.
“We’ve Got Love,” the new album’s first single, which transcends romantic love to bring a global message of love and connectedness that we all have in our hearts, is closing in at Top 10 on Urban AC radio, following its debut on Steve Harvey’s nationally syndicated radio show. Check out the brand new lyric video for “We’ve Got Love”.
High profile television appearances and performances are also slated for Babyface on ABC’s Good Mooring America (12/8) and The View (12/9.)
In advance of the album release, Babyface will be the featured guest on Harvey’s show on December 7th. Babyface will also guest on Tom Joyner’s nationally syndicated radio show on December 10th. Babyface just returned from a tour in South Africa and is currently touring through the end of December in the U.S. with more dates to be announced for 2016 in support of his new album.
RETURN OF THE TENDER LOVER is the 10th studio album by the poignant tunesmith, prolific hit maker/ producer, superstar recording artist, and revolutionary label ownerBabyface. 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 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, Aretha Franklin and Celine Dion.
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 joined the cast of the Broadway musical After Midnight as a special guest star vocalist and host/emcee 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.
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