Chamber Music: Celebrating the Songs of Babyface
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Indianapolis native Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds is, without question, one of the most important American songwriters of the past 40 years. His own recordings (including his solo work, and as a member of Manchild and The Deele) defined an era of melodic pop and R&B in the 1980’s and 1990’s. And yet his success as a solo artist was exceeded by his compositions and productions of #1 records for many other artists, resulting in 26 #1 R&B singles and 11 Grammy Awards.
Chamber Music will pay tribute to the melodic genius of Babyface, playing their interpretations of some of his best known songs as a solo artist, as well as hits that Babyface wrote and produced for other artists, including Whitney Houston, Beyonce, Toni Braxton, Bobby Brown, After 7, Tevin Campbell, Brandy, and more.
The band Chamber Music is not your traditional chamber music. The band members originally met through their affiliations with the Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce, and they bonded because of their shared love of soul, pop, rock and R&B music that brings together diverse audiences. Chamber Music soon became one of Indy’s most-requested live bands, headlining regular dates at The Hi-Fi and The Jazz Kitchen, and entertaining crowds on Georgia Street and at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
The members of Chamber Music are veterans of many other Indianapolis-area bands, including Liquid Groove, Alligator Brothers, The Population, and the Indiana University Soul Revue. They use their vocal harmonies and jazz improvisation to reinterpret classic and new-classic songs by their favorite artists including The Jacksons, Gladys Knight, Stevie Wonder, Chaka Khan, Prince, and many others. As Indianapolis Star columnist John Ketzenberger wrote in his profile of the band, “…they are serious musicians with chops…displaying a fluidity that comes only from experience.”
Chamber Music is Vanessa Webb (lead vocals), Alan Bacon (guitar/keyboards/vocals), Mark Hutchins (lead guitar/vocals), Michael Huber (keyboards/vocals), Andy Newell (bass/vocals), Robby Coleman (drums/percussion).
The Jazz Kitchen
5377 N. College Avenue
Indianapolis, IN, 46220