After 7

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After 7
OriginIndianapolis, Indiana, USA
GenresR&B, new jack swing
Years active1987-1997; 2006-present
LabelsVirgin/EMI Records
MembersKevon Edmonds
Keith Mitchell
Jason Edmonds
Past membersMelvin Edmonds
Keith Floyd
 
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After 7
OriginIndianapolis, Indiana, USA
GenresR&B, new jack swing
Years active1987-1997; 2006-present
LabelsVirgin/EMI Records
MembersKevon Edmonds
Keith Mitchell
Jason Edmonds
Past membersMelvin Edmonds
Keith Floyd

After 7 is a R&B group founded in 1987 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). Mitchell was long thought to be the cousin of Babyface's then-partner, songwriter-producer Antonio "L.A." Reid, however, this was actually set up as a marketing tool for the group and was actually incorrect.[1]

History[edit]

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".

The group members went their separate ways after leaving Virgin Records due to creative differences and silently broke up. Despite this, in 1997, the Edmonds brothers released 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 completely stopping releases under the group's name.

Following the group's split, Kevon released a solo album, 24/7, in October 1999 which included the hit single "24/7". Keith went on to manage white rapper Sarai and is working today on a solo gospel album.

The Edmonds 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 2006 the group minus Melvin Edmonds appeared on the New Jack Reunion Tour with Kevon Edmonds, Keith Mitchell, and Jason Edmonds who happens to be the son of Melvin Edmonds and the nephew of Babyface and Kevon Edmonds. However Mitchell briefly left the group again to pursue other interests was replaced by Keith Floyd . Throughout 2007–2008, Kevon Edmonds, Jason Edmonds, & Keith Floyd toured the US as After 7. In 2009 Keith Mitchell returned to the group & currently the group consists of Kevon Edmonds, Keith Mitchell & Jason Edmonds. There is no word of why Melvin is no longer performing with the group.

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

YearAlbum detailsPeak chart positionsCertifications
US
[2]
US
R&B

[2]
AUS
[3]
NZ
[4]
1989After 7
  • Release date: August 22, 1989
  • Label: Virgin
35335
  • US: Platinum[5]
1992Takin' My Time
  • Release date: August 25, 1992
  • Label: Virgin
768
1995Reflections
  • Release date: July 18, 1995
  • Label: Virgin
40783
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Compilation albums[edit]

YearAlbum detailsPeak positions
US
[2]
US
R&B

[2]
1997The Very Best of After 7
  • Release date: March 11, 1997
  • Label: Virgin
9724
2003The Best of After 7
  • Release date: December 30, 2003
  • Label: EMI
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Singles[edit]

YearSinglePeak chart positionsCertificationsAlbum
US
[2]
US
R&B

[2]
AUS
[3]
NZ
[4]
UK
[6]
1989"Heat of the Moment"7452887After 7
"Don't Cha' Think"25
1990"Ready or Not"71
"Can't Stop"6180954
"My Only Woman"36
"Heat of the Moment" (re-release)19
1991"Nights Like This"247The Five Heartbeats
1992"Kickin' It"45629Takin' My Time
"Baby, I'm for Real (Natural High)" (medley)555
1993"Can He Love U Like This"10322
"Truly Something Special"49
1994"Gonna Love You Right"8715Sugar Hill
"Not Enough Hours in the Night"56Beverly Hills 90210: The College Years
1995"'Til You Do Me Right"3151611Reflections
"Damn Thing Called Love"1093338
1996"How Do You Tell the One"60
"I Like It Like That"46
1997"Sara Smile" [A]3199130The Very Best of After 7
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.
Notes

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Keith Mitchell: After 7's Untold Story". R&B Haven. 2009. Archived from the original on 3 February 2009. Retrieved 2009-02-01. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f "US Charts > After 7". Billboard. Retrieved 2012-09-01. 
  3. ^ a b "AUS Charts > After 7". ARIA Charts. Retrieved 2013-09-01. 
  4. ^ a b "NZ Charts > After 7". Recording Industry Association of New Zealand. Retrieved 2013-09-01. 
  5. ^ a b c d e "US Certifications > After 7". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved 2013-09-01. 
  6. ^ "UK Charts > After 7". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 2013-09-01. 

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