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After 7

After 7 were among the more refined contemporary R&B vocal groups to arrive during the late '80s. Formed in 1988 at Indiana University by Kevon and Melvin Edmonds and Keith Mitchell, they signed to major label Virgin and were an instant success with their debut single, "Heat of the Moment." Written and produced by one of the Edmonds' four other brothers, Babyface, beside his partner L.A. Reid, the single entered the Billboard R&B chart in July 1989 and eventually reached number five. After 7, their first album, followed shortly thereafter and went platinum after subsequent singles "Ready or Not" and "Can't Stop" -- both of which were also Babyface/L.A. Reid collaborations -- topped the R&B chart. Once the album ran its course, After 7 recorded "Nights Like This" for the soundtrack for The Five Heartbeats. The Jesse Johnson production likewise peaked within the R&B Top Ten. The group's 1992 follow-up, Takin' My Time, involved less input from Babyface and Reid, more from fellow debut contributors Daryl Simmons and Kevin Roberson (aka Kayo), and added the likes of Dallas Austin and Randy Ran to their gang of studio associates. "Kickin' It" and an update of the Originals' "Baby, I'm for Real" maintained the trio's chart run. Reflections, released in 1995, was highlighted by "'Til You Do Me Right," a song written by Kevon, Melvin, and Babyface. Takin' My Time and Reflections were both certified gold. Although they didn't record for another two decades, After 7 occasionally toured, and Melvin was replaced with his son Jason. Melvin eventually returned, and the quartet worked again with Babyface and Simmons on Timeless, released in 2016. ~ Andy Kellman
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Stations Featuring
After 7

    Smooth Jazz

    Smooth Jazz
    2 songs

    R&B Smooth Jams

    R&B Smooth Jams
    1 song

    '90s R&B

    '90s R&B
    3 songs

    R&B and Soul Mix

    R&B and Soul Mix
    1 song

Albums by
After 7

Top Songs by
After 7

  1.   Song
  2.   Baby I'm for Real (Natural High)
  3.   Ready or Not
  4.   Runnin' Out
  5.   Too Late
  6.   Heat of the Moment
  7.   Can He Love U Like This
  8.   Can't Stop
  9.   I Want You
  10.   Takin' My Time
  11.   'Til You Do Me Right
  12.   Let Me Know
  13.   One Night
  14.   Sara Smile
  15.   Sayonara
  16.   Nights Like This
  17.   Gonna Love You Right
  18.   Love by Day, Love by Night
  19.   Home
  20.   Everything
  21.   Loving You All My Life
  22.   Not Enough Hours in the Night
  23.   All About Love
  24.   Betcha by Golly Wow
  25.   If I
  26.   Honey (Oh How I Need You)
  27.   I Like It Like That
  28.   Givin up This Good Thing
  29.   How Could You Leave
  30.   Sprung on It
  31.   How Do You Tell the One
  32.   What U R 2 Me
  33.   How Did He Love You
  34.   Save It Up
  35.   Cryin For It
  36.   Don't Cha' Think
  37.   He Said, She Said
  38.   Kickin' It
  39.   No Better Love
  40.   G.S.T.
  41.   More Than Friends
  42.   Loves Been So Nice
  43.   My Only Woman

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