They say that your golden years are the best years of your life. For most older Americans, that's how it should be - a time to relax, reflect, and live life in a familiar place. After all, senior citizens in the U.S. have worked tirelessly to build a better economy, serve their communities, and raise families.
However, as seniors grow older, sometimes they cannot live independently without someone by their side to provide care. Unfortunately, some older Americans aren't able to rely on their adult children for help. The reality in today's world is that family members do not have the skills or time to dedicate to caring for their parents. That's where Always Best Care Senior Services comes in.
Our in-home care services are for people who prefer to stay at home as they grow older but need ongoing care that family or friends cannot provide. More and more older adults prefer to live in the comforts or their home rather than in an assisted living community. Home care in Lennox, CA is a safe, effective way to give your loved ones the care they need when they need it the most.
Since 1996, Always Best Care has provided non-medical in-home care for seniors to help them maintain a healthy lifestyle as they age. We are proud to have helped tens of thousands of seniors to maintain a higher level of dignity and respect. We focus on providing seniors with the highest level of home care available so that they may live happily and independently.
Unlike some senior care companies, we genuinely want to be included in our clients' lives. We believe that personalized care is always the better option over a "one size fits all" approach. To make sure our senior clients receive the best care possible, we pair them with compassionate caregivers who understand their unique needs.
The Always Best Care difference lies in life's little moments - where compassionate care and trustworthy experience come together to help seniors live a fruitful, healthy life. Whether you are an aging adult that can't quite keep up with life's daily tasks or the child of a senior who needs regular in-home care services in Lennox, CA. Always Best Care is here to help.
Home is where the heart is. While that saying can sound a tad cliche, it's especially true for many seniors living in America. When given a choice, older adults most often prefer to grow older at home. An AARP study found that three out of four adults over the age of 50 want to stay in their homes and communities as they age. When you begin to think about why, it makes sense. Home offers a sense of security, comfort, and familiarity.
The truth is, as we age, we begin to rely on others for help. When a family is too busy or lives too far away to fulfill this role, in-home senior care is often the best solution. Home care services allow seniors to enjoy personal independence while also receiving trustworthy assistance from a trained caregiver.
At Always Best Care, we offer a comprehensive range of home care services to help seniors stay healthy while they get the help they need to remain independent. As your senior loved one ages, giving them the gift of senior care is one of the best ways to show your love, even if you live far away.
To give our senior clients the best care possible, we offer a full spectrum of in-home care services:
If your senior loved one has specific care needs, our personal care services are a great choice to consider. Personal care includes the standard caregiving duties associated with companion care and includes help with tasks such as dressing and grooming. Personal care can also help individuals with chronic conditions like diabetes or Parkinson's or Alzheimer's.
Sometimes, seniors need helpful reminders to maintain a high quality of life at home. If you or your senior has trouble with everyday tasks like cooking, our home helper services will be very beneficial.
Using this kind of care is a fantastic way to make life easier for you or your senior loved one. At Always Best Care, our talented caregivers often fill the role of a companion for seniors. That way, older adults can enjoy their favorite activities and hobbies while also receiving the care they need daily or weekly.
According to AARP, more than 53 million adults living in the U.S. provide care to someone over 50 years old. Unfortunately, these caregivers experience stress, exhaustion, and even depression. Our respite care services help family caregivers address urgent obligations, spend time with their children, and enjoy other activities. Perhaps more importantly, respite care gives family members time to recharge and regroup. Taking personal time to de-stress helps reduce the risks of caregiver burnout.
When it comes to non-medical home care, our goal is to become a valuable part of your senior's daily routine. That way, we may help give them the highest quality of life possible. We know that staying at home is important for your loved one, and we are here to help make sure that is possible. If you have been on the fence about non-medical home care, there has never been a better time than now to give your senior the care, assistance, and companionship they deserve.
Always Best Care in-home services are for older adults who prefer to stay at home but need ongoing care that friends and family cannot provide. In-home care is a safe, effective way for seniors to age gracefully in a familiar place and live independent, non-institutionalized lives. The benefits of non-medical home care are numerous. Here are just a few reasons to consider senior care services from Always Best Care:
While it's true that some seniors have complicated medical needs that prevent them from staying at home, aging in place is often the best arrangement for seniors and their families. With a trusted caregiver, seniors have the opportunity to live with a sense of dignity and do so as they see fit.
In-home care makes it possible for millions of seniors to age in place every year. Rather than moving to a unfamiliar assisted living community, seniors have the chance to stay at home where they feel the happiest and most comfortable.
How much does a senior's home truly mean to them?
A study published by the American Society on Aging found that more than half of seniors say their home's emotional value means more than how much their home is worth in monetary value. It stands to reason, that a senior's home is where they want to grow old. With the help of elderly care in Lennox, CA, seniors don't have to age in a sterilized care facility. Instead, they can age gracefully in the place they want to be most: their home. In contrast, seniors who move to a long-term care facility must adapt to new environments, new people, and new systems that the facility implements. At this stage in life, this kind of drastic change can be more harmful than helpful.
Institutional care facilities like nursing homes often put large groups of people together to live in one location. On any given day, dozens of staff members and caregivers run in and out of these facilities. Being around so many new people in a relatively small living environment can be dangerous for a seniors' health and wellbeing. When you consider that thousands of seniors passed away in nursing homes during the COVID-19 pandemic, opting for in-home care is often a safer, healthier choice for seniors. Aging in place has been shown to improve seniors' quality of life, which helps boost physical health and also helps insulate them from viral and bacterial risks found in elderly living facilities.
For many seniors, the ability to live independently with assistance from a caregiver is a priceless option. With in-home care, seniors experience a higher level of independence and freedom - much more so than in other settings like an assisted living community. When a senior has the chance to age in place, they get to live life on their own terms, inside the house that they helped make into a home. More independence means more control over their personal lives, too, which leads to increased levels of fulfillment, happiness, and personal gratification. Over time, these positive feelings can manifest into a healthier, longer life.
More independence, a healthier life, and increased comfort are only a few benefits of aging in place. You have to take into consideration the role of cost and convenience. Simply put, it's usually easier to help seniors age in place than it is to move them into an institutional care facility. In-home care services from Always Best Care, for instance, can be less expensive than long-term solutions, which can cost upwards of six figures per year. To make matters worse, many residential care facilities are reluctant to accept long-term care insurance and other types of payment assistance.
With Always Best Care's home care services, seniors and their families have a greater level of control over their care plans. In-home care in Lennox, CA gives seniors the chance to form a bond with a trusted caregiver and also receive unmatched care that is catered to their needs. In long-term care facilities, seniors and their loved ones have much less control over their care plan and have less of a say in who provides their care.
In-home care is a valuable resource that empowers seniors to age in place on their own terms. However, a big concern for many families and their loved ones is how much in-home care costs. If you're worried that in-home care is too expensive, you may be pleasantly surprised to learn that it is one of the most affordable senior care arrangements available.
Typically, hiring an Always Best Care in-home caregiver for a few hours a week is more affordable than sending your loved one to a long-term care facility. This is true even for seniors with more complex care needs.
At Always Best Care, we will work closely with you and your family to develop a Care Plan that not only meets your care needs, but your budget requirements, too. Once we discover the level of care that you or your senior need, we develop an in-home care plan that you can afford.
When you or your senior loved one needs assistance managing daily tasks at home, finding a qualified caregiver can be challenging. It takes a special kind of person to provide reliable care for your senior loved one. However, a caregiver's role involves more than meal preparation and medication reminders. Many seniors rely on their caregivers for companionship, too.
Our companion care services give seniors the chance to socialize in a safe environment and engage in activities at home. These important efforts boost morale and provide much-needed relief from repetitive daily routines. A one-on-one, engaging conversation can sharpen seniors' minds and give them something in which to be excited.
At Always Best Care, we only hire care providers that we would trust to care for our own loved ones. Our senior caregivers in Lennox,CA understand how important it is to listen and communicate with their seniors. A seemingly small interaction, like a short hug goodbye, can make a major difference in a senior's day. Instead of battling against feelings of isolation, seniors begin to look forward to seeing their caregiver each week.
Understanding the nuances of senior care is just one of the reasons why our care providers are so great at their job.
Unlike some senior care companies, our caregivers must undergo extensive training before they work for Always Best Care. In addition, our caregivers receive ongoing training throughout the year. This training ensures that their standard of care matches up to the high standards we've come to expect. During this training, they will brush up on their communication skills, safety awareness, and symptom spotting. That way, your loved one receives the highest level of non-medical home care from day one.
The first step in getting quality in-home care starts with a personal consultation with an experienced Care Coordinator. This initial consultation is crucial for our team to learn more about you or your elderly loved one to discover the level of care required. Topics of this consultation typically include:
An assessment of your senior loved one
An in-depth discussion of the needs of your senior loved one to remain in their own home
Reviewing a detailed Care Plan that will meet your senior loved one's needs
NAPANEE – Museum Kids, a popular kids program is returning to the Museum of Lennox & Addington this Saturday, Oct. 1.Article contentYouth participants, ages four and older, will get to learn how to make their own flat owl through the art of needle felting, inspired by the museum’s upcoming exhibit, Owls of Amherst Island and Other Canadian Wildlife.The exhibit features the wildlife photography of Bill Bickle, with the workshop being led by Rhonda Evans of Glocca Morra Studios.There will be two se...
NAPANEE – Museum Kids, a popular kids program is returning to the Museum of Lennox & Addington this Saturday, Oct. 1.
Youth participants, ages four and older, will get to learn how to make their own flat owl through the art of needle felting, inspired by the museum’s upcoming exhibit, Owls of Amherst Island and Other Canadian Wildlife.
The exhibit features the wildlife photography of Bill Bickle, with the workshop being led by Rhonda Evans of Glocca Morra Studios.
There will be two sessions available for this Museum Kids program on Saturday from 9:45 a.m. to 10:45 a.m., or from 11 a.m. to noon.
While the session is free, pre-registration is required for this program, which can be done by visiting the museum’s website at www.countymuseum.ca, by calling the museum at 613-354-3027, or by visiting the museum in person. Accompanying adults do not need to register for this program.
In addition to Museum Kids programming, Evans will also be available in the afternoon to teach a Heritage Arts workshop for adults. More advanced needle felting techniques will be applied, leaving visitors with a fuzzy 3D owl to take home. This workshop costs $35/person and all supplies will be provided. Pre-registration and payment are required. This workshop is best suited for ages 13 and older.
Spaces are limited for both the Museum Kids and Heritage Arts workshop. Those interested are encouraged to register as soon as possible.
The Museum of Lennox & Addington Museum Kids programs take place on the first Saturday of every month. Kids ages 12 and under can come for free to learn a new skill and have some fun at the museum. The monthly activities are centred around the current exhibits on display.
The Museum of Lennox & Addington is located at 97 Thomas Street East in Napanee.
For more information, visit the website at www.countymuseum.ca or call 613-354-3027.
There’s a new street taco stand quickly taking over Los Angeles, and it’s not doing it with the power of social media; it’s using the force of a formidable brick-colored Sonora-style trompo de adobada.In just over a year and a half, wife and husband duo Mariana Yepes and Arturo Vasquez have taken Ricos Tacos Naomi from one taco stand on Nordoff and Woodman in Arleta to 14 stands all over the city. Mariana opened the valley loc...
There’s a new street taco stand quickly taking over Los Angeles, and it’s not doing it with the power of social media; it’s using the force of a formidable brick-colored Sonora-style trompo de adobada.
In just over a year and a half, wife and husband duo Mariana Yepes and Arturo Vasquez have taken Ricos Tacos Naomi from one taco stand on Nordoff and Woodman in Arleta to 14 stands all over the city. Mariana opened the valley location in 2018, but on January 28th, 2021, they began their expansion with their second stand in their hometown of Lennox, California. These aren’t simple stands, either. From the trompo on one end to the meat jacuzzi on the other, they offer a glut of meats from suadero and buche to flame-grilled asada. Additionally, six of their locations provide handmade tortillas.
In the substratum of Naomi’s taco assembly line, there is a history of vintage L.A. taquerías influencing Tacos Naomi. Mariana, from Obregon, Sonora, and Arturo, who is from Guatemala, first met and fell in love working side by side in Kogi’s first taco truck. Arturo eventually ended up at Roy Choi’s A-Frame restaurant in Culver City, while Mariana moved on to King Taco. Tacos Naomi’s red salsa is inspired by King Taco’s.
Most of the recipes for the meats and other salsas were passed down by Mariana’s mother. But to make the adobada for the Trompo, Mariana got help from “Al Pastor Taquería Vista Hermosa” in Mercado Paloma, where she also worked a bit. Although the trompo from Mercado Paloma is called al pastor and the original chef is from Michoacán, Mariana, when asked, stated her trompo is a Sonora-style adobada with her own flavors. “Most trompos out there are very simple, just some chiles, salt, and pepper. Ours is a better marinade,” Arturo tells L.A. TACO.
And in truth, the marinade on the spit even looks different. You can almost taste the flavor of the adobada with your eyes alone as the trompo handler turns the spit with his blade and slices delicately chard pork ribbons onto a tortilla in his left hand as he prepares taco after taco. It’s like watching a potter sculpt a terra-cotta pot made from flame-kissed pork. It doesn’t have any sharp notes, it’s not over-salted, and it doesn’t taste like a richly painted bland pork. It’s earthy, seasoned well, and so well-balanced that it just tastes like a solid but gentle embrace after a long day.
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Fourteen years after meeting inside Kogi’s Taco Truck, they now have fourteen trompos around the city in taco stands named after their fourteen-year-old daughter, Dankary Naomi Yepes. From the Valley to the west side to even as far as Thousand Palms by Coachella, this street taco power duo is having an unprecedented growth rate attributed to their great salsas and a vigorously flavored trompo. No social media or influencer investments; just bomb tacos that people keep coming back for.
Expansion this quick does come with its share of problems, though. This week, the city and about six cops threw away all their food at their original Valley location. In Lennox, the caravan of taco trucks that park on Hawthorne Boulevard forced Tacos Naomi to move to the side street on Lennox. With a growing operation in a city getting full of average taqueros, the taco turf war is ever-increasing, and this operation is the newest contender. It’s tough out there, but may the best trompo win, and it looks like Naomi’s is winning.
You can find most of Tacos Naomi’s locations on their Instagram or linktree, although not all are listed. They operate from Tuesday through Sunday evenings, and you can spot them wearing a black or burgundy polo with their yellow logo printed on the back.
Jan MurphyLocal Journalism InitiativeArticle contentEnvironmental legal agencies are alerting the public of Ontario Power Generation’s request for site specific air standards at its Lennox Generating Station near Bath that exceed current and incoming emission levels.But the operator that runs the local station insists that any emissions the facility does generate are very infrequent.On a Zoom call last week, the Canadian Environment Law Association (CELA) and Community Advocacy and Legal Centre told...
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Environmental legal agencies are alerting the public of Ontario Power Generation’s request for site specific air standards at its Lennox Generating Station near Bath that exceed current and incoming emission levels.
But the operator that runs the local station insists that any emissions the facility does generate are very infrequent.
On a Zoom call last week, the Canadian Environment Law Association (CELA) and Community Advocacy and Legal Centre told participants on the call that OPG has sought approvals from the province that would allow emissions from the plant that exceed Ontario’s current allowable limits, with more stringent standards incoming next year.
“(OPG is) looking at the forthcoming air standard for sulfur dioxide Ontario is introducing, which will be made more stringent — 100 micrograms per cubic meter instead of 690 – (and) is asking the ministry to approve a site specific standard at Lennox of 2,026 micrograms per cubic meters for the first five years,” Theresa McClenaghan, executive director and counsel for CELA, said during the call. “The new hourly nitrous oxide standard will be 400 micrograms per meters cubed, and OPG is asking the ministry to approve 839 micrograms per cubic meter per hour. On sulphuric acid, (OPG is) asking for 7.6 micrograms per cubic meter instead of five.”
The Lennox Generating Station is primarily used for backup electricity when there’s heavy strain on the province’s main grid, for example during extreme heat or cold or due to outages. The plant produces electricity by burning natural gas or residual fuel oil to turn turbines, which then generate electricity into the grid.
However, the use of oil is very infrequent, said Neal Kelly, corporate communications director for OPG.
“Historically, Lennox runs almost exclusively on natural gas,” Kelly said in an interview on Monday. “When it’s (running) on natural gas, it would not exceed the new standards that that the Ministry of Environment, Conservation and Parks has put out. However, when it does run on oil, which is a small amount of time, it will exceed the new standard and under this new standard that the province is bringing in.”
Because of that, Kelly said, OPG has applied for the site specific exemption.
“Based on historic data for that generating station, over the last 11 years, 99% of the time we would not be above the new standard, but there are times we have to, and it’s only when we have to run on oil, and that that pushes us over the new standard.”
McClenaghan suggested that while the Lennox station is currently used in a backup capacity, that could change as power needs increase with nuclear plants going offline.
“While it’s not being used to supply a great deal of power now, nothing says it couldn’t be used more in the future, particularly when the nuclear plants are coming offline like the Pickering plant coming to the end of its life span and the Darlington plant still undergoing refurbishment,” she said.
“OPG is generator, we don’t operate the system,” Kelly said, noting that the Independent Electricity System Operator would determine how to redistribute electricity when there changes to the grid. “We don’t plan for the system. The Independent Electricity System Operator, they tell all generators turn this unit on, turn that unit off, (which) happens in real time depending on the need.”
McClenaghan worries that if Ontario approves the OPG application, it sets a bad precedent at a time when provinces and countries are to be working toward greener futures.
“We do have a concern that (the Lennox) plant is still being utilized and using these fossil fuels to produce electricity,” she said. “Over the last several years, conservation has been curtailed. At one point, we were really aggressively pursuing more conservation in the province and it’s been quite curtailed, particularly renewables,” McLenaghan said, adding that the agency worries that if Lennox gains approval, other plants will follow suit.
“We are concerned that if they’re allowed, (we’ll see a) trend for more facilities to apply for them, especially with certain air standards being made more stringent by the province.”
Kelly said OPG take its commitment to the environment very seriously.
“OPG is very environmentally conscious,” he said. “Several years ago, we closed all of our coal stations, (which) was the world’s largest action to combat climate change (at the time),” he said. “If you look at the electricity system in Ontario, it’s very clean. If you look at OPG’s generating capacity, it is also very clean.
“The vast majority of the electricity that we produce has little or no emissions. It’s nuclear or hydropower, a little bit of solar. There are obviously some emissions with our gas and obviously the Lennox situation there’s some emissions with the gas/oil, but OPG operates in a lot of communities around the province and we would not be able to operate if we were not a good community member. We earn our licence in all of our communities and the Napanee area, Bath and Kingston is no exception.”
CELA, a specialty legal aid clinic whose mandate is to protect human health and environment, is encouraging residents to ask questions and voice their concerns over what it says is a dangerous precedent.
“We’re really fortunate in Ontario because we have an Environmental Bill of Rights,” McClenaghan said. “One of the mechanisms that the bill of rights provides in terms of those aims of preventing and reducing and eliminating pollutants that are an unreasonable threat is the right to participate in environmentally significant decisions on the part of Ontario residents. So that’s what we’re encouraging (the public) to do.”
Information on potential pollution permits can be found online at ero.ontario.ca. The deadline for public feedback on the Lennox station application is Sept. 29.
“The public has the right to have comments considered and taken into account,” McClenaghan said.
Jan Murphy is a Local Journalism Initiative reporter who works out of the Belleville Intelligencer. The Local Journalism Initiative is funded by the Government of Canada.
A year-and-a-half after a former MP, MPP and pastor at the Church of God were charged for violating the Reopening Ontario Act amid COVID-19 restrictions, the Crown has officially dropped its charges.According to the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms (JCCF), the group representing the three men, charges against former MP Derek Sloan, former MPP Randy Hillier and Pastor Henry Hildebrandt were dropped by the Crown on Monday.The three men were allegedly involved in peaceful rallies against COVID-19 measures in the spring o...
A year-and-a-half after a former MP, MPP and pastor at the Church of God were charged for violating the Reopening Ontario Act amid COVID-19 restrictions, the Crown has officially dropped its charges.
According to the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms (JCCF), the group representing the three men, charges against former MP Derek Sloan, former MPP Randy Hillier and Pastor Henry Hildebrandt were dropped by the Crown on Monday.
The three men were allegedly involved in peaceful rallies against COVID-19 measures in the spring of 2021 and were facing charges for violating public health orders under the Reopening Ontario Act.
Last year, the Province of Ontario implemented attendance limits on events throughout the province, including on religious services.
Despite the new regulations, the Church of God in Alymer still held indoor services that far exceeded the maximum number of attendees, and parishioners were seen without masks and in close proximity to each other.
In April 2021, former MP for Hastings-Lennox and Addington Sloan and MPP for Lanark-Frontenac-Kingston Hillier were charged under Ontario’s Reopening Act for attending service at the controversial church.
In a 2021 video posted by the church to YouTube, both Sloan and Hillier were called by Hildebrandt to give a short speech.
“There is no foundation on which we can build than Jesus Christ our rock, our Lord and our saviour. God bless you and God bless Canada,” said Sloan in the video.
“It brings tears to ones eyes to see so many people,” Hillier added.
In a Simcoe, Ont. courtroom, the charges were dropped under Section 10 of the Act.
In a statement, Bally Hundal, a lawyer retained by the JCCF said the prosecution no longer felt it was in the public interest to pursue the charges.
On Monday, CTV News London spoke with the men at the centre of the controversy, including Sloan.
“We were protesting the government’s specific policies in question at the time,” he said. “We weren’t just partying. So I think it’s the right thing to do, I think people want to move on and move forward. We exercised our right to free speech and association, and the prosecution made the right decision.”
The charges carried potential penalties of fines up to $100,000, and minimums of $10,000.
— With files from CTV News London’s Jaden Lee-Lincoln and Jordyn Read
In hindsight, it’s understandable why Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds originally didn’t like the nickname gifted to him by Bootsy Collins: “Bootsy just looked at me and said ‘Babyface,’ and everybody was laughing at it.” A nickname that once started as a joke to fit in with the other nicknames for the members of his then-band The Deele, has since become the moniker for one of the most important names in contemporar...
In hindsight, it’s understandable why Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds originally didn’t like the nickname gifted to him by Bootsy Collins: “Bootsy just looked at me and said ‘Babyface,’ and everybody was laughing at it.” A nickname that once started as a joke to fit in with the other nicknames for the members of his then-band The Deele, has since become the moniker for one of the most important names in contemporary R&B.
Babyface has achieved a lot throughout the last 36 years in the music industry. As our Zoom interview begins on a Wednesday afternoon, I bring up only a handful of those accolades: a 12-time Grammy Award winner, a Hollywood Walk of Fame recipient, and the man behind 42 No. 1 R&B Hits and 16 No.1 Pop Hits — along with his numerous A-list collaborations that include Queen Bey and the late King of Pop. Now, he’s preparing to release Girls’ Night Out, his ninth album inspired by — and featuring — a roster of some of contemporary R&B and hip-hop’s best women artists.
But to fully understand Babyface’s journey up until now is to hone in on the key secret that makes him such a revered and still sought-out figure: being an attentive and selfless singer-songwriter while evolving with the times.
Babyface, Chaka Khan, and Whitney Houston appear on stage during The 38th Annual GRAMMY Awards – Arista Records Pre-GRAMMY Party at the Beverly Hills Hotel on February 27, 1996, in Los Angeles, CA. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images)
“My biggest takeaway is to try to take your ego out of the room. Because if you can take your ego out of the room, then you can get far more done, and make the artists feel comfortable so that they can feel like they can be honest with you,” Babyface said. “Being honest in the studio is so, so important because it allows you to get things done quicker than going a long time…because you didn’t want to hurt somebody’s ego, or you had an ego about something.”
This approach is how he led his defunct record label LaFace, as well as the many beloved collaborations he’s done, ranging from the late Whitney Houston and Mary J. Blige to Usher and Toni Braxton, the latter of which is a partnership some have compared to Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell. Although he doesn’t like to necessarily revisit his work unless he has to — he shared that doing so leads him to overthink and question certain choices in his music — he humors me when I ask him about the LaFace-produced Boomerang soundtrack that jump-started Braxton’s career, most notably the song “Love Shoulda Brought You Home.”
Initially written for Anita Baker, “Love Shoulda Brought You Home” came about after Babyface saw an early screening of the film, and couldn’t stop thinking about the iconic scene between Halle Berry and Eddie Murphy, where Angela and Marcus argue after she confronts him about cheating on her with his boss (and former love interest), Jacqueline.
“When Halle Berry said that line, ‘Love should have brought your ass home last night,’ that was so powerful to me,” he said. “I was like, ‘That’s got to be a song.’” After writing up a song he, Bo Watson, and Daryl Simmons were satisfied with, they asked Braxton to demo it before sending it to Baker, hoping that she would agree to record it. Unfortunately for them — but fortunate for Braxton — that didn’t end up happening.
“Anita said, ‘Nah, I can’t do this song. But y’all should have that little girl, whoever sung on that record, she should be on the record,’” Babyface recalled.
Similar incidents for other beloved songs associated with Babyface have occurred: “Every Time I Close My Eyes” being written for — and turned down by — Luther Vandross, only to become one of Babyface’s signature songs, and “Can We Talk” being written for Tevin Campbell, but L.A. Reid wanting it for Usher’s debut album.
“I wrote the song specifically for Tevin. I think that once it was done, L.A. wanted to have it for Usher at that point,” Babyface said. “The song was already done and promised. That was at the time when Tevin was also really blowing up at that point. I never imagined that it would do what it has done, or be as powerful as it is to so many people.”
That song was highlighted as a part of Babyface’s legacy during the artist’s Verzuz against New Jack Swing pioneer and peer, Teddy Riley, which helped to re-introduce him to a younger and newer audience. Wanting to explore that new audience further, Babyface decided to work with young, up-and-coming women in music, ultimately culminating in Girls’ Night Out.
The album, which features Kehlani, Ari Lennox, Doechii, Baby Tate, and Ella Mai (among others), is something of a spiritual successor to the iconic Waiting to Exhale soundtrack, which found Babyface working with some of R&B’s most lauded singers: Aretha Franklin, Brandy, Mary J. Blige, Toni Braxton, and Whitney Houston. But unlike the soundtrack, Girls’ Night Out finds him collaborating with the artists during the writing process, instead of just writing the songs for them.
“Initially, the whole process was everyone that would come in, we’d sit and talk about, ‘OK, what do you want? What’s going on in your life? Are you in love? Are you hurt? Did you go through a relationship? Let’s figure out what we can sing about,’” Babyface said.
“It gave it a different twist and a different feeling because this is a different time, new voices, new points of view,” he said. “So it made it more fun, and easier to do.”
Through the making of the album, Kenneth allowed each artist to create their song on their terms, and although certain collaborations with Kehlani and Ella were obvious choices for him, Babyface also relied on producer Rika to suggest other artists he should work with. Using the same process he’s relied on for every artist he’s worked with — listening, feeling, and emoting — he ultimately rounded out the rest of the artists he wanted for Girls’ Night Out.
“Do they bring you joy, do they bring you pain? I usually like to go with voices that I feel have pain in it as well because they tell the story better, tell an emotional story better,” he said. “It’s not always just how incredible they are in terms of how many riffs they can do. It’s like, how much do those riffs affect you when they use them?”
The result is an album that not only showcases Babyface’s longevity but the talent of the artists he worked with, too — whether that be the lead single “Keeps On Fallin,” which was inspired by Ella’s current love interest, or the second single “Seamless,” which Kehlani initially envisioned as a lesbian wedding song, but was transformed after they felt it was “too Disney.”
Having worked with current stars in R&B for this project — as well as being a pivotal part of R&B’s evolution — our conversation inevitably goes to Babyface’s thoughts on the current scene of R&B, specifically this idea of R&B being too toxic and ruining the genre.
“There was toxic music at the same time in the ’90s. I mean, ‘Not Gon’ Cry’ was kind of toxic,” he said. “It just wasn’t as hard as it is today. People can cuss in songs and use words that we couldn’t use before. R&B is just forever changing, and it changes with the times as well.”
Like R&B, Babyface is trying to adapt to the changes. The work that he has indulged fans for years with is a part of his legacy, but there are new chapters just beginning for this already legendary figure in music.
“There are so many places where you can reach people that you didn’t think you could reach them before. It’s exciting not just for myself but any artist at this point, about the possibilities,” he said. “I think for me, my real blessing is not just what I’ve done in the past, but the fact that I can still be here today creating more memories for people, and the future. So my chapter isn’t over yet — I still have more work to do.”