By: Quibian Salazar-Moreno

      Kenneth ‘Babyface’ Edmonds has been making hits for years as a producer, more recently with Katherine McPhee, Fallout Boy, Nelly, Keyshia Cole and Ashanti. But as a solo artist he really hasn’t had a radio hit since the late 80’s and early 90’s. Now he’s trying to change that.

      Babyface has signed with Universal Music Publishing and is currently recording an album to be released on Def Jam Records later this year.

      "I am pleased to be working with Universal Music Publishing," Babyface said. "The team has demonstrated their appreciation of my music, and their commitment to my career as an artist, producer and songwriter."

      Babyface has won 10 Grammys for his solo work, his artist production work and movie soundtrack production work. There’s no word who will be on Babyface’s new project.

      "Babyface has long been one of our industry’s leading lights as a writer, artist, producer and entrepreneur,” said David Renzer, Chairman & CEO, Universal Music Publishing Group. “He has written, produced and in many cases performed many of our modern day ‘classic’ songs. We are sure that the story of hitmaking will continue for him, and are thrilled to welcome him to the UMPG family."