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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."

Click here to read the rest of Dalia Colon's interview with Babyface.

Photo: AP

[Last modified: Wednesday, July 28, 2010 3:19pm]


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