The R&B group known as After 7 was founded by Keith Mitchell and siblings Kevon Edmonds and Melvin Edmonds. Kevon and Melvin had already learned the ins and outs of the music industry from their highly successful big brother, Babyface, and so it was no surprised that they would join forces to establish their own group under his guidance.
After 7 released its self-titled debut album in 1989, and the album rose not only to the very top of the R&B charts, but also into the top forty on the mainstream chart, reaching platinum status. The album spawned the hit singles: “Heat of the Moment,” “Don’t Cha’ Think,” “Ready or Not,” “Can’t Stop,” “My Only Woman,” and “Nights Like This,” and made After 7 one of the most significant R&B groups of the era.
After 7 released two more albums in the mid 1990’s: Takin’ My Time (1992) and Reflections (1995), both of which reached gold status and found a home in the top ten on the R&B charts. The albums gave audiences the additional chart-topping R&B hits “Kickin’ It,” “Baby I’m for Real/Natural High,” “Can He Love U Like This,” “Gonna Love You Right,” and “Til You Do Me Right.” After 7’s final released was in 1997 with the song “Sara Smile,” which reached number thirty-seven on the R&B charts, and After 7 concluded its successful run while still at the top.
After 7 released one more album, The Very Best of After 7, in 1997, followed by a another compilation, The Best of After 7, in 2003.