Grammy and American Music Award nominees, After 7, with their distinctive R&B sound, marked a 30 year musical milestone in 2019.
In 1988, original members Kevon Edmonds, Melvin Edmonds and Keith Mitchell – from Indianapolis, Indiana – were brought to Virgin Records sight unseen by legendary hit-making duo Antonio “L.A.” Reid and Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds (the latter being Kevon and Melvin’s younger brother). It was the beginning of an amazing musical journey.
Their self-titled 1989 debut album reached Platinum producing two #1 Billboard R&B singles, reaching top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100, and were Certified Gold “Can’t Stop” and “Ready Or Not.”
In 1992, their sophomore project, “Takin’ My Time” was Certified Gold: reaching #8 on the Billboard R&B Albums chart. In addition, After 7 released 2 singles“Nights Like This” used for the film soundtrack “The Five Heartbeats” and “Not Enough Hours In The Night” for the TV soundtrack “Beverly Hills 90210”. Their 3rd album “Reflections” released in 1995, spawned the lead single, “Till You Do Me Right” another Top 10 hit. Two compilation albums “The Very Best Of After 7” (1997) and “The Best Of After 7” (2003) were also released.
On the road, in concerts Jason Edmonds joined Kevon and Keith filling in for his father, Melvin. In 2015, after a 15 year hiatus from the studio, all four members came together and recorded with the writing and producing team of brother Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds and friend Daryl Simmons. They released the single “I Want You” which peaked at #6 on Billboard’s Urban AC chart.
In November 2015, their live televised stellar performance at the Centric Soul Train Awards, was one of the most notable comebacks of the coming year. It was followed by their new album “Timeless” which debuted at #4 on the Billboard R&B Album Charts producing an additional four Top 10 hits on the Billboard Urban AC Charts.
2019 brought major changes. In May 2019, the group and fans worldwide mourned the sudden loss of original member Melvin Edmonds. Melvin’s unforgettable signature sound was one that fans embraced, and which the group will always hold close in their hearts as it lives on in After 7’s music of 30 years.
In the late summer of 2019, songwriter and vocalist, Danny “SkyHigh” McClain succeeded Jason Edmonds. Danny hails from Boston, MA. and sang on Earth, Wind & Fire’s “Now, Then & Forever” album, and has performed with many notable artists.
Recipients of the NAACP Image Award, After 7 has continued to date to be honored with countless awards and accolades. As they move forward building on the solid foundation they have established, they will continue to reach the hearts and souls of their fans who know with After 7 the message is in their music.