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After 7

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After 7 is an R&B group founded in 1987 by brothers Melvin and Kevon Edmonds, and Keith Mitchell. The Edmonds brothers are the siblings of popular pop and R&B singer-songwriter-producer Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds” (Melvin is older, and Kevon – born Kevin – is younger). Mitchell was long thought to be the cousin of Babyface’s then-partner, songwriter-producer Antonio “L.A.” Reid, however, this was actually set up as a marketing tool for the group and was actually incorrect.[1]

Virgin Records released their self-titled debut album in autumn 1989, which included the hits “Heat of the Moment”, “Can’t Stop” and the quiet-storm staple “Ready or Not”. After promoting the album and seeing it go platinum, they scored a hit with the Motown-influenced “Nights Like This” on 1991’s The Five Heartbeats soundtrack. The trio returned with Takin’ My Time in 1992, which included the hit cover of The Originals’ “Baby I’m For Real”. The trio released their last album, Reflections in 1995, which included the hit “‘Til You Do Me Right”.

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