After 7 began their journey in Indianapolis in the late 80’s with brothers Kevon & Melvin Edmonds. They were joined by friend, Keith Mitchell, and came together as a trio. With the support and guidance of Kevon and Melvin’s younger brother, Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds, (who had begun to take the R&B charts by storm) and the talent of songwriter/producer L.A. Reid, After 7 made an immediate rise in the R&B world climbing the charts. In 1988, they signed with Virgin Records, and in1989, their debut self-titled album, “After 7,” was certified Platinum and produced two #1 Billboard R&B singles: “Can’t Stop” and “Ready Or Not.” The two singles subsequently reached the top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100 and were both certified Gold. The accolades for the group continued when in 1991 their single, “Kickin’ It,” reached #6 on the US R&B Charts, while their single, “Nights Like This,” reached #7 and the attention of Hollywood. The song was selected as the lead single for the soundtrack of the 1991 motion picture, “The Five Heartbeats.” It was another milestone a year later with a Top 10 Chart single, “Baby I’m For Real/Natural High,” and their second album, Takin’ My Time, reaching #8 on the Billboard R&B Albums chart and certified Gold.
With demands for their classic R&B signature sound from fans, Gold emerged once again for After 7 in 1995, with their third album, Reflections, which also produced a #5 single chart hit, “Til You Do Me Right.” Following an astonishing six year run at Virgin Records, the group entered into a hiatus. A few years later, they reunited – not in the studio but on countless stages – and over the past 15 years performed nationally and internationally to thousands. Jason Edmonds, Melvin’s son, replaced his father in the group bringing his genetic talent to the forefront. While absent on the radio waves, After 7 continued to bring their signature sound, style, and live energetic performances to the many fans who continued to welcome and embrace them. In October 2015, with the undeniable talent of family member, Babyface, and Producer/Writer Daryl Simmons, After 7 hit the airwaves with the amazing comeback single, “I Want You,” featuring original member, Melvin Edmonds. It was followed by the trio’s November 2015 stellar performance at the televised Centric Soul Train Awards – one of the most notable comebacks of the coming year. Climbing to a Top 10 spot, peaking at # 6 on the Urban AC Charts, “I Want You,” has set the stage for fans to embrace more of their classic sound and that’s exactly what they delivered. A second single, also written and produced by Babyface and Daryl Simmons, “Let Me Know,” was released with a video in early June 2016 to the delight of their fans. It also climbed the Urban AC Charts peaking at # 6. That excitement now continues to build as fans embrace After 7’s new 2016 album, “ Timeless.” The album debuted at #4 on Billboard’s R& B Albums Chart. Once again, Babyface and Daryl Simmons have worked their magic to provide the signature sound of the group that fans so love. However, After 7 fans are getting even more – the voices of all four members, as Melvin rejoins the group.
Most recently, they were named “Best Comeback of 2015” by SoulRnB magazine and SoulTracks named them 2016 Best Duo or Group Of the Year and “Let Me Know” was named 2016 Song The Year.
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