After 7 Biography

This vocal trio comprising brothers Kevon and Melvin Edmonds (both Indianapolis, Indiana, USA) alongside long-time friend Keith Mitchell, became one of the most successful urban R&B/soul acts in the USA of the early 90s. The brothers met Mitchell at Indiana University where he and Kevon were pursuing business studies degrees, and were also members of the Indiana University Soul Review. Melvin joined them after touring with the group Deele and working in the studio with Shalamar. After 7’s self-titled debut album was released in 1989 and documented what was already a potent live repertoire, based on 50s doo-wop harmonies combined with 90s hip-hop rhythms. It produced two US Top 10 singles, ‘Ready Or Not’ and ‘Can’t Stop’, and accrued a host of awards (including a Grammy nomination for Best Soul Group). The trio waited three years and toured with artists including M.C. Hammer, Gladys Knight and Whitney Houston before releasing the follow-up collection, Takin’ My Time, which achieved gold status.

Further exposure came through soundtrack commissions for the movies Sugar Hill (‘Gonna Love You Right’) and The Five Heartbeats (‘Nights Like This’) and for the television programme Beverly Hills 90210 (‘Not Enough Hours In The Night’). After contributing to the trio’s debut, third brother Kenny ‘ Babyface’ Edmonds returned to provide production assistance on Reflections, also writing three of the songs and singing on ‘Honey (Oh How I Need You)’. The following year, Babyface and Kevon Edmonds joined forces with the Jodeci brothers K-Ci And JoJo in Milestone, recording the hit ballad ‘I Care About You’. Kevon Edmonds released his debut solo album in October 1999.

Source: The Encyclopedia of Popular Music by Colin Larkin. Licensed from Muze.

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