In 2013 Babyface secured a distribution deal with E1 Music for the label.In 1990, Babyface met Tracey Edmonds when she auditioned for the music video "Whip Appeal".In 2013, Babyface served as producer for Ariana Grande's debut album Yours Truly, producing majority of her songs, including her second single, "Baby I".
Edmonds later played with funk performer Bootsy Collins, who tagged him "Babyface" because of his cute face while he was still a teen.In September 2008, Babyface and Nicole welcomed a daughter, Peyton Nicole Edmonds.On December 2, 2012, Babyface worked at a local Nathan's for charity. In 1999, a 25-mile (40-km) stretch of Interstate 65 that runs through Indianapolis was renamed Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds Highway. Kenneth Edmonds was born on April 10, 1959, in Indianapolis, Indiana, to Marvin and Barbara Edmonds. Edmonds, who is the fifth of six brothers (including future After 7 band members Melvin and Kevon Edmonds, the latter of whom went on to have a modestly successful solo career), attended North Central High School in Indianapolis, Indiana, and as a shy youth, wrote songs to express his emotions.Then, as a keyboardist in the light-funk and R&B group The Deele (which also included drummer Antonio "L.