Q&A: Kenneth 'Babyface' Edmonds, headlining Funk Fest in St. Petersburg
Singer, writer, producer and Billboard chart-ruler Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds supplied the ’90s with one sonic aphrodisiac after the next. Inescapable slow jams like Every Time I Close My Eyes and When Can I See You also helped resurrect R&B for Discman-toting youths.
One thing he isn't, though, is funky.
Still, Babyface is a headliner at this year's Funk Fest, a smooth R&B festival at 2 p.m. Saturday at Vinoy Park in St. Petersburg. Maze with Frankie Beverly, Bell Biv DeVoe, Doug E. Fresh and SWV are also on the bill. (Tickets are $35.$55; click here to purchase.)
Dalia Colon caught up with Babyface by phone this week to talk about the differences between being an R&B hitmaker in the '90s and today.
"In the '90s, the R&B singers were more pop singers," he said. "They had bigger pop careers. You can have R&B singers today that are straight R&B. It’s not as pop anymore."