Melvin Edmonds, a founding member of After 7 an R&B group from Indianapolis and brother of Kenny ‘Babyface’ Edmonds died on May 18, 2019, after a brief illness. He was 65 years old.
Jason Edmonds, his son, wrote a message on Facebook announcing the news. He said that he had been reading all the messages and texts sent to him about his father. He said the kind words were greatly appreciated, and he would release a statement soon. Right now, he wanted time to process everything that was going on.
Edmonds was one of six sons. Melvin along with his brother Kevon and college friend Keith Mitchell in 1987 formed the group After 7 while studying at Indiana University.
Starting in 1989 with the debut album After 7, they would release three others. The group had hit singles “Heat Of The Moment,” “Can’t Stop, and “Ready Or Not.
Later Melvin and Kevon teamed up with JoJo of Jodeci and K-Ci to form the power band Milestone. The band released one song which appeared on the “Soul Food” soundtrack “I Care About You.”
In 2011, Edmonds suffered a stroke. This prevented him from joining the updated version of After 7 which featured Kevon and Jason, his son.
Edmonds is survived by his children Courtney, Chris, Jason, and Melvin.
Melvin suffered a stroke in 2011, preventing him from re-joining a revamped version of After 7 with Kevon and son Jason.
Written by Barbara Sobel
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