Melvin Edmonds, who co-founded After 7 with his brother Kevon Edmonds and is the brother of Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds, has died.His son, Jason Edmonds shared a message on Facebook saying, “I’ve been receiving and reading everyone’s messages and texts about my Dad. I appreciate the kind words, and soon I’ll have something to say in return. For now, I just need time to process.”
The second oldest of Marvin Edmonds Sr. and Barbara Edmonds’ six sons, Melvin Edmonds along with Kevon Edmonds and college buddy Keith Mitchell formed After 7 in 1987 on the campus of Indiana University. They would go on to release four albums including their self-titled debut album in 1989. Spawning the singles “Ready Or Not,” “Heat Of The Moment,” and “Can’t Stop,” the group experienced great success. Later, Melvin and Kevon would join another set of brothers, K-Ci and JoJo of Jodeci to perform as Milestone. Together, they would only produce one song, “I Care About You” from the Soul Food soundtrack.
Melvin suffered a stroke in 2011, preventing him from re-joining a revamped version of After 7 with Kevon and son Jason. Four years later, however, After 7 was back as a foursome, releasing the singles “Let Me Know,” “I Want You,” and the album, Timeless. In total, the band has two platinum albums and one gold record as well as a greatest hits album, The Very Best of After 7.
Melvin Edmonds was 65. He’s survived by his four children: Melvin, Jason, Chris, and Courtney.