Tuesday, July 21, 2009

After 7

After 7 is an R&B group which consists of brothers Melvin and Kevon Edmonds (yes, they are related to singer\music producer, Babyface Edmonds) and Keith Mitchell. The group hails from Indianapolis, Indiana.
In 1989, After 7 released their self-titled debut album which peaked at #35 on the Billboard 200 and #3 on Billboard's R&B Albums chart.
The first single from the album "Heat of the Moment" peaked at #19 on the Billboard Hot 100, #22 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Maxi-Singles Sales chart, and #5 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 18 weeks. In the U.K., the song peaked at #87 on the U.K. Singles chart.
The second single "Don't Cha Think" peaked at #25 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 12 weeks.
The third single from the album "Ready or Not" peaked at #7 on the Billboard Hot 100 & Billboard's Adult Contemporary chart and became the group's first number-one R&B hit, topping Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart for 2 weeks, staying on the chart for 22 weeks.
The fourth single and their biggest hit to date, "Can't Stop" peaked at #6 on the Billboard Hot 100, #23 on Billboard's Adult Contemporary chart, #13 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Maxi-Singles Sales chart and became After 7's second number-one R&B hit, topping Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart for a week in August of 1990,  staying on the chart for 20 weeks. The song also peaked at #54 on the U.K. Singles chart.
The last single from the album "My Only Woman" peaked at #36 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 9 weeks.
After 7's debut album was certified Platinum and in 1991, the group sang the song "Nights Like This" on the "Five Heartbeats" soundtrack.

The song peaked at #24 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #7 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 16 weeks.
In 1992, After 7 released their sophomore album "Takin' My Time" which peaked at #76 on the Billboard 200 and #8 on Billboard's R&B Albums chart.
The first single, "Kickin' It" peaked at #45 on the Billboard Hot 100, #21 on Billboard's Rhythmic Top 40 chart, #40 on Billboard's Top 40 Mainstream chart, and #6 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 16 weeks.
The second single from the album, "Baby I'm For Real (Natural High)" peaked at #55 on the Billboard Hot 100, #26 on Billboard's Rhythmic Top 40 chart, and #5 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 24 weeks.

The third single, "Can He Love U Like This" peaked at #103 on Billboard's Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles chart and #22 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 20 weeks.

The last single from the album "Truly Something Special" peaked at #49 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 11 weeks.
After 7 was featured on the "Sugar Hill" movie soundtrack with the track "Gonna Love You Right" which peaked at #15 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 20 weeks.

They were also featured on the "Beverly Hills 90210: The College Years" soundtrack with the track "Not Enough Hours in the Night" which peaked at #56 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 13 weeks.
In 1995, After 7 released their third album, "Reflections" which peaked at #40 on the Billboard 200 chart and #7 on Billboard's R&B Albums chart.
The first single from the album, "Til You Do Me Right" peaked at #31 on the Billboard Hot 100, #12 on Billboard's Rhythmic Top 40 chart, and #5 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 31 weeks. 
The follow-up single, "Damn Thing Called Love" peaked at #109 on Billboard's Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles chart and #33 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 17 weeks.

The last single, "How Do You Tell the One" peaked at #60 on Billboard's R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 8 weeks. After that, the group split up and left Virgin Records due to creative differences.
In 1997, After 7 released their greatest hits album which peaked at #97 on the Billboard 200 and #24 on Billboard's R&B Albums chart.

The group released a cover version of Hall and Oates' "Sara Smile" which peaked at #31 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 16 weeks before they stopped making music together.
After the group went their separate ways, Kevon Edmonds released a solo album, "24\7" in 1999. The title song peaked at #10 on the Billboard Hot 100 and was certified Gold.
His second album, "Who Knew" was released in 2009 on the Make Entertainment/Image Distribution record label.

Keith Mitchell was the manager for female rapper Sarai and is currently working on a gospel album, but no release date has been set or any details pertaining to the project have been heard.

Kevon and Melvin reunite occasionally. In 2006, Kevon performed at the New Jack Swing Reunion Tour with Keith Mitchell and his nephew, Jason Edmonds.

In 2007, Keith left the group and was replaced by Keith Floyd. Throughout 2007 to 2008, Kevon, Jason and Keith Floyd toured the United States as After 7.

In 2009, Keith Mitchell returned to the group. The current line-up consists of Kevon, Keith, and Jason Edmonds. It's unknown why Melvin is no longer performing with them.

To see the music video for "Can't Stop," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8_ImNi_oDtI

To see the music video for "Ready Or Not," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4_vXvJGCQRE

To see the music video for "Heat of the Moment," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_2T8wU-5HbM

To see the music video for "Baby I'm For Real (Natural High)," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NllETw3wnGw

To see a fan-made video for "Nights Like This," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l2GsiDzo5s8

To see the music video for "Kickin It," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CFMbN57n-SY

To see the music video for "Til You Do Me Right," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jLZt_PnocAY


[updated on 05\30\13]

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