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If you were to closely examine the annals of modern pop music history, few creative forces have been more seminal or impacted the contemporary pop/urban genres as much as Babyface. In a relatively short time span, he has reached icon status as a poignant tunesmith, prolific hitmaker/producer, superstar recording artist and revolutionary label owner. He is a statistical juggernaut, who keeps adding milestone after milestone to a legacy that seems to have no threshold or peak in sight.
Simply stated, his credentials and the imprint that he has left on the evolution of contemporary pop music and a universal legion of fans is almost unfathomable. Edmonds is responsible for writing, producing, and/or performing a staggering 119 Top 10 pop hits as a songwriter, which include, 41 ..1 R&B hits and 51 Top-10 pop hits, including 16 ..1 pop hits. Albums and singles he's worked on have amassed sales that exceed 100 million units. Along the way, Edmonds has garnered countless accolades, winning 10 Grammy Awards including Producer of the Year for a history-making three years in a row (1995, '96, '97), which still stands as a Grammy record.
Babyface is an enigma; the best in terms of pure artistry. He dominates pop music like no other creative force can. Perhaps a mere dozen other singers share his ability to deliver a vocal style that can cross several music genre boundaries consistently. Out of those select few, only a handful possess multi-platinum status and write and produce their own material. And of those top-shelf artists you'd be hard pressed to name any that can use those same songwriting and producing skills to regularly churn out No. 1 songs for talents other than himself. Edmonds has lent his Midas touch to a prestigious list of superstars including Eric Clapton, Boyz II Men, Madonna, Whitney Houston, TLC, Toni Braxton, Mariah Carey, Pink, Mary J. Blige, Aretha Franklin, Usher, Brandy, Celine Dion, Tevin Campbell, Lionel Richie, Vanessa Williams and many others.
It doesn't end there. He's an accomplished film and television composer whose skills were glowingly demonstrated with the unforgettable music for "Waiting to Exhale." That phenomenal soundtrack topped the pop albums chart, sold over seven million units and resulted in No. 1 hits by Whitney Houston, Brandy, Toni Braxton, and Mary J. Blige. He wrote fifteen songs on the album and produced all sixteen of the songs. In 1999, he received an Academy Award nomination for his music featured in the film "Anna and the King," starring Jodie Foster. Most recently he received his first Emmy nomination for the "Main Title Theme Music for Soulfood on Showtime," "That's The Way Love Goes," produced, performed and co-written by Babyface; co-written and performed by Al Green. "Soulfood" is an Edmonds Entertainment and State Street Pictures production in association with Paramount Networks for Showtime. There's more.
The creative skills and vision of Edmonds' and partner, Antonio "L.A." Reid, were a key component in the success of LaFace Records, the prosperous boutique label that was home to fertile progeny such as Usher, TLC, Toni Braxton, and OutKast. His business acumen also extends into the realm of film and television as cofounder along with wife, Tracey, of Edmonds Entertainment Group, Inc. E.E.G. is responsible for the wildly successful movie "Soul Food," which was spun off into the Emmy-nominated Showtime dramatic series of the same name. His foresight and vision is readily apparent on the Internet as well as via his partnership in the online music venture Tonos.com and his own leading edge artist site, BabyfaceMusic.com. BabyfaceMusic.com will be the first artist website to utilize S.O.A.P. (Simple Object Access Protocol) software that will translate the website into numerous foreign languages, allowing more fans of an artist than ever around the globe to experience the site.
Though he's realized the success in so many different entertainment arenas, for Edmonds, he's most comfortable working in his own studio, Brandon's Way (named for his first born son), where he has done the bulk of his recording and production over the past several years.
Anthony Hamilton incorporates the southern R&B styles of Ray Charles into his Neo-Soul grooves which have made him a constant on R&B radio. He has been performing since the mid-90s, but he hit a home run with his sophomore album Comin' From Where I'm From in 2003. His honest lyrics include tell his struggles with poverty and love and have struck chords with audiences across the US. Don't miss a date on the Anthony Hamilton concert schedule 2011. Use Eventful as your source for Anthony Hamilton tour dates and venue information.
Anthony Hamilton hails from Charlotte, North Carolina where he honed his vocal abilities in his church's choir. After high school, he moved to New York to pursue a recording career. He was noticed by Andre Harrell who signed Hamilton to his Uptown Records. Hamilton released his debut album XTC in 1996. Although the album featured the moderately successful hit "Nobody Else", the project ultimately failed to connect with audiences and Hamilton was subsequently dropped from the record label. Fans would have to wait seven long years until Hamilton released any more solo material.
In the interim, Anthony Hamilton tour dates were scheduled alongside Neo-Soul guru D'Angelo on his international Voodoo Tour in 2000. Hamilton also sung the hook on the Grammy nominated single, "Po' Folks", by the Nappy Roots. Hamilton released his breakthrough platinum album Comin' From Where I'm From in 2003 which featured the lead-off single of the same name. The album also featured his biggest radio hit to-date, "Charlene", and sold 1.2 million copies in the US. Hamilton became a bonofied R&B sensation and Anthony Hamilton tour dates were scheduled in response to fan demand for his live shows.
Anthony Hamilton followed-up with his 2005 effort Ain't Nobody Worryin'. The album featured the single "Can't Let Go" and was certified Gold. Hamilton released his latest effort, The Point of it All, in 2008 which became his third consecutive Gold selling album. It featured the smooth single "Cool" in which Hamilton effortlessly belts out his carefree lyrics of love conquering all problems. The album garnered him three nominations at the 2010 Grammy Awards. It proved to be his most critically acclaimed album to date and his fans are eagerly awaiting his next release. In the meantime, Anthony Hamilton tour dates are scheduled periodically throughout 2011. Hamilton rarely performs, so don't miss out if tour dates are scheduled in your area. Use Eventful as your source for Anthony Hamilton tour dates and concert schedule information.
After eight years, R&B multi-platinum group Dru Hill reunites and signed a new recording contract with Kedar Entertainment. Sisqo, Nokio, Jazz and new member Tao (pronounced Tay-oh) are back and will release their fourth CD offering, InDRUpendence Day in stores 2010.
The new single, “Love M.D.” is a sexy mid-tempo ballad. The new album is a soulful blend of R&B, rock, hip-hop and romance-in true trademark Dru Hill form. There are several key local and national radio promotions, performances and interviews scheduled for the release of the album. Kedar Massenburg, President and CEO of Kedar Entertainment, is very excited to work on their reunion project. “I’ve always been a fan of Dru Hill and I’m happy to be in partnership with them,” says Kedar. “We look forward to further developing the Dru Hill brand and exploring the numerous marketing and promotional opportunities available to them. Including solo releases from Sisqo, and Nokio’s rock group (Black Angel Down) .
In 2001, the group disbanded so that members could pursue solo careers. Dru Hill group member, Sisqo went on to achieve international success with the acclaim debut album release, Unleash the Dragon, which included the mega hit, “Thong Song.” The album sold over eight million units worldwide, while former group member Woody went on to pursue a career in Gospel
This year, Dru Hill will star in a reality TV series titled Sweat’s Platinum House, produced by label mate Keith Sweat and airing on CENTRIC. The series is guaranteed to keep audiences glued to their seats and further demonstrates the group’s provocative and edgy swagger. In addition to Sweat’s Platinum House, Dru Hill’s member Sisqo also stars in the LondonÂ based (UK) TV sensation, Big Brother. The show has already garnered international visibility for the group and is an excellent marketing vehicle for the CD project.
Ginuwine emerged onto the Hip-Hop scene in the mid-90's and changed the game with some of the craziest beats and hottest lyrics ever introduced to the genre. Synonymous with Timbaland, Missy Elliott, and Aaliyah, the hip-hop collective released hit single after single often collaborating and performing together. The multi-Platinum recording star recently released his seventh album, Elgin, in 2011 and has scheduled an extensive and intimate concert tour to promote the disc. Don't miss a date on the Ginuwine concert schedule; Use Eventful as your source for Ginuwine tour dates and concert schedule information.
The DC native got his start working in the creative hip-hop outfit, Swing Mob, in the early '90s. The collective was led by Jodeci frontman, DeVante Swing, and featured Timbaland, Missy, and several other future hip-hop stars. Timbaland produced and co-wrote many of the tracks for Ginuwine's debut album Ginuwine….The Bachelor, which became an instant hit. The lead single, "Pony", is now an R&B throwback and continues to receive radio play. Ginuwine's debut was certified multi-Platinum and he became an overnight success story. Ginuwine continued to collaborate with Timbaland and Missy on his sophomore effort 100% Ginuwine, which was released in 1999. The album is his highest selling to-date and is also certified double-Platinum. The single, "So Anxious", was nominated for a Soul Train Award and Ginuwine tour dates were scheduled nationally to promote the disc.
Ginuwine returned in 2001 with The Life which featured the #1 R&B single - "Differences". Ginuwine was also featured on the #1 P. Diddy remix, "I Need A Girl Part II", and he starred in the 2002 film Juwanna Man, expanding his talents onto the big screen. He released his fourth effort, The Senior, in 2003 which featured the club-banger "Hell Yeah" and he was nominated for an American Music Award for Favorite Male R&B Artist the same year. Ginuwine then made a foray into the business side of music by starting his own label - Bag Entertainment. Ginuwine tour dates were scheduled on the Ladies Night Out Tour and other live concert performances.
Since his heyday, Ginuwine has continued to record and release new material including Back II Basics in 2005, A Man's Thoughts in 2009, and his most recent effort Elgin in 2011. His current single, "Body", is the third and final cut from the album and he has been supporting the effort on the road since its release. The album was largely written by Ginuwine himself, and features two songs penned by the prolific balladeer - Diane Warren. One of the first and most creative Hip-Hop R&B performers, Ginuwine has been serving up ballads and club-bangers since "Pony" hit radio in 1995. Don't miss out on this live act when he visits a venue near you. Use Eventful as your source for Ginuwine tour dates and concert schedule information.