Melvin Edmonds, one of the founders of the R&B vocal group After 7, passed away on Saturday following a brief illness. He was 65. Edmonds was also the older brother of R&B heavy hitter Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds. The Grammy Award nominated group also featured Edmonds younger brother Kevon. When Melvin left the group, his son (also named Melvin) replaced him.
According to USA Today, the origins of After 7 are on the campus of Indiana University, where Kevon Edmonds and Keith Mitchell were members of the IU Soul Revue.
"Weekends and during the summer months we would come to Indianapolis and hook up with my brother Melvin and we'd sing harmony parts together," Kevon told The Indianapolis News in 1990. "It just kind of culminated over a period of years."
After 7 was nominated for a Grammy in the category of best R&B performance by a duo or group for 1990 single "Can't Stop."
Information from USA Today and The Indianapolis News contributed to this report.