After 7’s Melvin Edmonds, Brother Of Babyface, Passes Away
Sad news to pass along from over the weekend. One of the founding members of the R&B group After 7 has passed away.
Melvin Edmonds, older brother of famed singer/songwriter and producer Kenny "Babyface" Edmonds died on Saturday following a illness according to USA Today. He was 65 years old.
The group, After 7, which he co-founded with his brother, Kevon Edmonds and Keith Mitchell on the Bloomington campus of Indiana University, where they were members of the IU Soul Revue, dominated the R&B charts in the early 90's with massive hits that became R&B classics like "Can't Stop", Ready Or Not" and "Heat Of The Moment".
Melvin was the second oldest of six sons born to Marvin Edmonds Sr. and Barbara Edmonds: Marvin Jr., Melvin, Michael, Kevon, Kenny, and Derek.
Melvin left the group in 1996 and left music altogether and became a truck driver. But due to health issues, including a stoke he suffered in 2011, he never joined the group for any reunion tours or albums until 2016.
That year the group (this time with his son Jason as a member) released a comeback album titled "Timeless" which put them back on the charts with hits like "I Want You" and "Let Me Know".
Melvin Edmonds is survived by four children: Melvin, Jason, Chris and Courtney. We send our heartfelt condolences to The Edmonds Family.