Brother Kenneth “BabyFace” Edmonds, along with his former business partner L .A. Reid; discovered the group where they were immediately signed to Virgin Records. It was then that “After 7” launched their singing career, stepping into what would become a new musical dynasty of crooners during the early 1990’s.
Their debut album, self-titled “After 7” sold Platinum plus and yielded Two Gold Singles. “Ready or Not” climbed the billboard charts to the #1 position on R&B while the smash single “Can’t Stop” topped out at #6 on billboards Hot 100 Pop Charts. The first release from their 1989 debut album, “Heat Of The Moment” was a Top Ten Single on the Urban Charts and too garnered a solid position on the Pop Charts which then opened the door to a host of awards and major tours.
“After 7” continued their string of success with the follow-up single “Nights Like This”, from the movie soundtrack, “The Five Heartbeats”. Three years later “After 7” came with their second album entitled, “Takin’ My Time”, that was sprinkled with such gems as “Baby I’m For Real”, “Kickin’ It”, and “Can He Love You Like This”.
Both their second and third albums achieved Gold status which helped to keep the name alive at both radio and in the market place across the country. Thanks to strong relationships at radio, “After 7’s” music continues to play, which has contributed towards building a solid foundation for endearing fans for the group.
Having been heavily influenced by such groups as “The Whispers, Temptations, Four Tops and Originals”; it’s no wonder that their stage performance is reminiscent of the 1960’s style male groups. In their own unique way, “After 7” manages to create a contemporary presence while combining a smooth style of the sixty’s.
“After 7” has shared the stage with many different artists ranging from BabyFace, Frankie Beverly and Maze, Gladys Knight, M. C. Hammer, Patti LaBelle, Peabo Bryson, R Kelly, Regina Belle, Smokey Robinson, The Whispers and Whitney Houston in addition to many others. Their music is timeless and their presentation has always been classy and elegant.
In the early 2000s Jason Edmonds (Melvin’s son) joined original members Kevon Edmonds and Keith Mitchell replacing his father, Melvin in the group to make up the trio. "After 7" has maintained a constant presence with live performances, entertaining fans and audiences across the country and abroad.
Today "After7" is proud to announce they have returned to the studio for the first time since the mid-90’s. Kevon, Keith and Jason, joined by former original member, Melvin Edmonds have released their new single "I Want You".
The single is written and produced by Kenneth "Babyface " Edmonds and Daryl Simmons. Their new music was released to the airwaves on October 5, 2015 and will be available on ITunes soon.
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