R&B Legends After 7
Traversing decades with soulful melodies and timeless hits, R&B Legends After 7 continue to define and elevate the genre.
From their 1989 debut to their continued success, After 7 embodies the soul and essence of R&B, leaving an indelible mark on the music industry. With over three decades of chart-topping hits, accolades, and unwavering commitment to their craft, their legacy is one of passion, talent, and dedication.
With their dynamic and distinct sound, After 7 has not only achieved numerous top 10 hits but has also been a staple in major soundtracks and awards stages. Their musical journey, intertwined with the genius of Kenneth 'Babyface' Edmonds, has made them a household name.
From their inception in Indianapolis in 1987, Melvin and Kevon Edmonds, joined by Keith Mitchell, set the tone for what would be an illustrious musical journey. With the mentorship of music moguls, Antonio “L.A.” Reid and Kenneth ‘Babyface’ Edmonds, their platinum debut album, released in 1989, marked the beginning of an incredible saga filled with highs, lows, and immeasurable success.
Since then, After 7 has achieved staggering accomplishments: A striking record of over 10 million singles and albums sold across the globe.Their musical genius extends beyond albums; they've been prominently featured on major soundtracks such as “The 5 Heartbeats” with "Nights like This," “Sugar Hill” with "Gonna Love You Right," “Soulfood - Milestone” showcasing "I Care About You", “The Wood” delivering "Ready or Not," “90210” featuring “Not Enough Hours”, and a haunting melody for “Dahmer - The Jeffrey Dahmer Story” with "Can’t Stop."
A Legacy Beyond Music
Recognized for their unmatched talent, After 7 has been endowed with a plethora of accolades:
- Two NAACP Image Awards, securing a win and a nomination.
- Nominated for the prestigious Grammy Award in 1989 and an American Music Award the same year.
- A Centric SoulTrain Nomination in 2017.
- The distinction of receiving numerous “Keys to the City” from cities like Indianapolis, Detroit, Brooklyn NY, and even an "After 7 Day!" in Atlanta.
- Their impact echoes in cities like Houston, TX, and they've been rightfully inducted into the National African American Museum in Nashville.
- 2023-24 saw them honored with the President’s Award by Joe Biden, solidifying their footprint in not just music, but cultural history.
- Their music continues to make waves, with a streak of 9 consecutive Top 10 UAC singles since 2016. Their current song, "The Day," features the iconic Stokely and is rapidly rising, currently stationed at #8 on the UAC charts.
The group's journey, while paved with gold records and accolades, wasn't without its hardships. The sudden passing of Melvin Edmonds in 2019 marked a somber chapter. However, the addition of Danny 'SkyHigh' McClain and the 2021 release of "UNFINISHED BUSINESS" breathed new life into their story.
Their concert history is as rich as their recording legacy, having shared the stage with icons like Whitney Houston, MC Hammer, Patty LaBelle, and acts like SWV, 112, Dru Hill, and Gladys Knight. Their participation in Teddy Riley's New Jack Swing tour further showcases their versatility and timelessness.
With an unwavering commitment to artistry evident in every note, every award, and every performance, they move forward, carrying with them a legacy of love, passion, and unmatched musical prowess that ensures their indelible mark in R&B history.