Artist Spotlight On: After 715 Feb 2017
After 7 is a R&B group founded in 1987 by brothers Melvin and Kevon Edmonds, and Keith Mitchell. Jason Edmonds later joined in. The Edmonds brothers are the siblings of popular pop and R&B singer-songwriter-producer Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds. 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.
Two decades after they released their third album, After 7 returned as a quartet. Original members Kevon and Melvin Edmonds and Keith Mitchell, joined by Melvin's son Jason, recorded Timeless with extensive help from Edmonds' sibling Babyface and Daryl Simmons, two of the collaborators who helped make them one of the biggest R&B acts of 1989-1995. On the surface, it might appear to be a work of nostalgia, but it's a strong, fully realized update of the group's refined, romantic, and harmonically rich form of contemporary R&B. The group covers Thom Bell and Linda Creed's "Betcha by Golly Wow," popularized by the Stylistics in 1972, but it sounds as modern as anything else here.