“TWO OCCASIONS” THE DEELE
Bootsy Collins of P-Funk gave him the nickname, Babyface. But behind those young looks comes one of the most innovative and brilliant creative forces in music over the last 25 years. Back in 1987, L.A. Reid and Babyface were simply two of the members of a R&B band called “The Deele”. Their song, “Two Occasions” became a slow dance favorite in the club and started Babyface’s chart-topping career. You’ve got to love how they took a cheesy pick-up line and turned it into such a beautiful romantic hook, “I only think of you on two occasions, day and night”. Check out their CD cover and look at how young both L.A. and Babyface look!
“SUPERWOMAN” KARYN WHITE
Babyface produced the Waiting To Exhale soundtrack, widely considered one of the greatest albums of female empowerment of all-time. In addition, Babyface produced similar hits for artists like Toni Braxton, Pebbles, Paula Abdul, and even Whitney Houston. So it’s not surprising to know that together with Karyn White they created “The Women’s National Anthem” (Babyface’s words). Karyn White’s career has stalled the last decade but she’s back with a new song for the ladies, “Sista Sista” that hopes to recapture some Babyface magic.
“THIS IS FOR THE LOVER IN YOU” BABYFACE, LL COOL J, and SHALAMAR
For his solo Grammy nominated Album Of The Year, The Day, Babyface dug deep into his album collection. Choosing a vintage 80’s jam by Shalamar, he asked the original members, Jodi Watley, Jeffrey Daniels, and Howard Hewitt, to join him on a new version. Babyface’s silky smooth vocals flowed beautifully with Shalamar but to give the song even more “bang for the buck”, he asked LL Cool J to drop some verses. If you’re looking for a romantic love song with a little swag, here’s the song for you!