Iconic producers Jimmy Jam, Terry Lewis and Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds will be taking their talents to BET’s forthcoming The New Edition Story.The iconic producers will join executive producer Jesse Collins and director Chris Robinson for the biopic on the R&B group — comprised of Michael Bivins, Ricky Bell, Ronnie Devoe, Bobby Brown, Ralph Tresvant and Johnny Gill — which will premiere as a six-hour, three-night event on Jan. 24 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on BET.
“Terry and I came in at a pivotal time when they were having internal issues and growing pains. Fans will get the true behind-the-scenes story of this key phase in their personal lives and careers,” said Harris in a statement to Billboard.
Jam and Lewis helmed the production for New Edition’s fifth studio effort, 1988’s Heartbreak, home to the standout singles “If It Isn’t Love”, “You’re Not My Kind of Girl” and “Can You Stand the Rain.”
Edmonds also had a hand in working with New Edition, namely on the Grammy-Award winning song “Every Little Step” from Bobby Brown off his sophomore solo album Don’t Be Cruel in tandem with his production partner, music executive L.A. Reid. “I learned a lot about Bobby and the band dynamic during the making of Don’t Be Cruel. But I also lived and breathed ’80s R&B because I was performing with my band [The Deele] and producing with L.A. Reid, so I make sure the feeling was captured,” Babyface added.
Lewis also noted the evolution the group had over the years. “Their songs are like a time capsule, not only capturing the quintessential ’80s R&B sound but also document the New Edition journey particularly transitioning from a boy band to adult stars.”
Catch an exclusive interview with Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis on New Edition’s sound below: