KENNETH "BABYFACE" EDMONDS, who, along with L.A. Reid, helped turn Atlanta into a black-music mecca with LaFace Records, deserves his stature as one of R&B's great hitmakers. With his unsteady, reed-thin voice, Babyface may have been an unlikely sex symbol when he ruled the urban charts in the late '80s. Yet he knew how to use his voice to memorable effect; his pioneering take on acoustic soul, "When Will I See You Again," is a treasured classic. He plays in Atlanta Wed., DEC. 12. $45.50-$50.50. 8 p.m. Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, 2800 Cobb Galleria Parkway. 770-916-2800. www.cobbenergycentre.com.