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Babi Floyd belongs to a rich musical clan. His father, A.J. Floyd was a stride piano player who worked as a Pullman Porter performing dining cars of the Santa Fe R.R. and then as a sideman in Chicago playing honky tonk and jazz. Pearl Bailey and Mahalia Jackson were among the many artist he accompanied. Babi's grandfather, E.B. Floyd, played with Louis Armstrong and Sidney Bechet while also performing on the Mississippi river boats. Babi's grandmother, known professionally as Mama Mamie, was a popular nightclub singer in Nashville during the thirties and forties.
Babi, who was raised in the Chicago area, took a B.A. in English in 1976 from Carleton College, a premier liberal arts college, and then headed to New York where he was sought out as a studio musician, doing background and step out vocals.
By 1982, Babi had recorded on albums with Nina Simone, Jimmy Cliff, Billy Joel, Frankie Valle, and Ester Phillips; in this ongoing work he's recorded with Bette Midler, the Neville Brothers, Luther Vandross, Robbie Krieger, Keith Richards, and many other prominent artists, and has toured with leading pop acts, most recently as a member of Keith's X-Pensive Winos. Babi is now the lead vocalist for noted producer Danny Kortchmar's Slow leak band.
Babi's lively vocals and charisma also saw him become in the eighties the leas singer for national and international TV and radio ads, including campaigns for Texaco, Ivory Soap, Cheerios, the Army, Pontiac, Pepsi, and Coca Cola. Throughout the eighties and nineties, Babi has remained at the top of the group of commercial advertising voices Quincy Jones dubbed the Super Singers. Babi made a visit to Jamaica in the early eighties and fell in love with the music and culture. Soon thereafter the love was reciprocated as he became the sound of Jamaica for Air Jamaica as the feature vocalist for their ongoing "One Love" campaign. Babi has also written and produced jingles for 3 Tree Productions located in New York City.
Babi's remarkable path in music and life accounts for his exceptional songwriting. He recently co-wrote "Friendship", to be recorded by Erykah Badu, and Tom Jones has recorded one of Babi's songs for an upcoming album. This year the first commercial Babi wrote and produced is a national TV spot for Tropicana. He has a CD, "One Blood" in release in Japan, in which his love and assimilation of Jamaican musical culture is present in a mix of original tunes and covers of several Marley classics. In his songs Babi shares stories, life experiences, moments and memories in well-crafted lyrics, rich and filling melodies, and superb performance. He expresses this style in writing for the alternative country folk scene and for gospel as well.
Babi's roots and his superb humanities and musical education allow him a total musicianship and breadth rare in contemporary songwriters and performers. He is related to many musical traditions and understands the audience professionally. His songs are quality, original material an established artist would relish, while Babi himself is a consummate studio musician and a devilishly handsome, charismatic showman.
Babi's articulate and fresh writing and music belong to the music scene. Enjoy Babi and his music.Check out Babi's chronodiscography and see who he's been with in the mix.