After 7 Biography
Last updated: 08/06/2009 11:00:00 AM
After 7 was an R&B group founded in 1988 by brothers Melvin and Kevon Edmonds, and Keith Mitchell. The Edmonds brothers are the siblings of popular pop and R&B singer-songwriter-producer Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds" (Melvin is older, and Kevon - born Kevin - is younger), while Mitchell is the cousin of Babyface's then-partner, songwriter-producer Antonio "L.A." Reid.
Virgin Records released their self-titled debut album in autumn 1989, which included the hits "Heat of the Moment", "Can't Stop" and the quiet-storm staple "Ready or Not". After promoting the album and seeing it go platinum, they scored a hit with the Motown-influenced "Nights Like This" on 1991's The Five Heartbeats soundtrack. The trio returned with Takin' My Time in 1992, which included the hit cover of The Originals' "Baby I'm For Real". The trio released their last album, Reflections in 1995, which included the hit "'Til You Do Me Right". After Mitchell split from After 7 in 1997, the Edmonds brothers continued together briefly, releasing a cover of Hall & Oates' "Sara Smile" as a single (and sole new track) from the career retrospective The Very Best of After 7 before silently disbanding that year.
The brothers occasionally reunite for the odd show here and there. Both Kevon and Melvin Edmonds appeared with Babyface in the film Soul Food as members of the R&B group Milestone, performing the song "I Care About You". In October 1999 Kevon released a solo album which included the hit single "24/7." In 2006 they appeared on the New Jack Reunion Tour with a new member, Jason Edmonds
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