It’s a sad time when we must report the passing of Melvin Edmonds who was a member of the vocal group After 7 member and brother of Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds. Reports say the After 7 co-founder and co-lead singer’s death comes after a long illness and several strokes. His specific cause of death, however, has not yet been revealed.
Here’s more about Melvin Edmonds and After 7 via their Face Book page
After 7 began their journey in Indianapolis in the late 80’s with brothers Kevon & Melvin Edmonds and friend, Keith Mitchell. With the support and guidance of Kevon and Melvin’s younger brother, Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds, and the talent of songwriter/producer L.A. Reid, After 7 made an immediate rise in the R&B world quickly climbing the charts.
The trio signed with Virgin Records in 1988, and in 1989, their debut self-titled album, “After 7,” was certified Platinum producing two #1 Billboard R&B singles: “Can’t Stop” and “Ready Or Not.” Both singles reached the top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100 and were certified Gold. In 1991 their single, “Nights Like This,” reached #7 and caught the attention of Hollywood. The song was selected as the lead single for the soundtrack of the 1991 motion picture, “The Five Heartbeats.”
After 7’s Sophomore album, “Takin’ My Time,” reached #8 on the Billboard R&B Albums Chart and was certified Gold. It produced 2 Top 10 Chart singles, “Kickin’ It,” which shot to #6 on the US R&B Charts and “Baby I’m For Real/Natural High” which peaked at #5. Their third album Reflections was Certified Gold in 1995, and also produced a top #5 single chart hit “Til You Do Me Right.”
In October 2015, After 7 hit the airwaves with the amazing comeback single, “I Want You,” featuring original member, Melvin Edmonds, along with his son, Jason Edmonds. It was followed by the group’s stellar performance at the televised Centric Soul Train Awards – one of the most notable comebacks of that year.
Climbing to a Top 10 spot, both singles “I Want You” & “Let Me Know,” peaked at #6 on the Urban AC Charts, setting the stage for fans to embrace more of their classic sound. The 3rd consecutive single, “Runnin’ Out,“ peaked at #3, and the 4th release “Too Late,” also climbed into Top 10.
After debuting at #4 on Billboard’s R&B Albums Chart, “Timeless” to date has garnered four unprecedented top 10 singles. Without a doubt an impressive comeback.
After 7 has shared the stage with such musical greats as Patti LaBelle, Gladys Knight, The Whispers, Whitney Houston, New Edition, Charlie Wilson, Frankie Beverly and Maze, and a host of others, as well as their family member, Babyface. They are Grammy and American Music Award Nominees, as well as Centric Certified Soul Train Award nominees and recipients of the NAACP Image Award.