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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

    R&B Smooth Jams

    R&B Smooth Jams
    1 song

    '90s R&B

    '90s R&B
    3 songs

    Smooth Jazz

    Smooth Jazz
    1 song

    New Smooth Jazz

    New Smooth Jazz
    1 song

    R&B and Soul Mix

    1 song

Albums by
After 7

Top Songs by
After 7

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

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