Melvin Edwards

Melvin Edmonds

INDIANAPOLIS — Melvin Edmonds, a founding member of Indianapolis R&B group After 7 and older brother of Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds, died Saturday, May 18, 2019 following a short illness. He was 65.

His death was confirmed by his son, also named Melvin.

After 7 landed three singles in the Top 20 of Billboard magazine’s Hot 100 chart in the early 1990s: “Can’t Stop,” “Ready or Not” and “Heat of the Moment.” A 2016 comeback album, “Timeless,” sent three songs — “Runnin’ Out,” “I Want You” and “Let Me Know” — into the Top 10 of Billboard’s adult R&B songs chart.

Melvin Edmonds, who attended North Central High School, was the second oldest of six sons born to Marvin Edmonds Sr. and Barbara Edmonds: Marvin Jr., Melvin, Michael, Kevon, Kenny, and Derek. Marvin Sr. died in 1972, followed by Marvin Jr. in 2011 and Barbara in 2012.

The roots of After 7 trace to when Kevon met Arlington High School alum Keith Mitchell on the Bloomington campus of Indiana University, where they 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.”

Before After 7 signed a recording contract with Virgin Records, Kevon worked at Eli Lilly and Co., Mitchell worked at John Hancock in Chicago and Melvin worked at Chrysler Corp. in Indianapolis.

Led by the success of Babyface, an 11-time Grammy Award winner, the Edmonds have been described as Indiana’s most prominent musical family since the Jackson 5.

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.” After 7 won an NAACP Image Award for best new male artist or group that year.

Melvin exited the lineup of After 7 following the release of the group’s third album, “Reflections,” in 1995. His son, Jason, joined Kevon Edmonds and Mitchell in After 7 when the group re-emerged as a touring entity following Kevon’s solo debut, 1999’s “24/7.”

The “Timeless” album brought Melvin back into the group, which became a quartet for the first time.

Melvin Edmonds is survived by four children: Melvin, Jason, Chris and Courtney. — (AP)

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Sorry to hear about the loss of a wonderful person and talent. Death is such an enemy. Even the Almighty hates to see people die and this is why Job 14:15 tells us that He “will long for the work of His hands,” to restore them. Yes, God's Word gives us reassuring hope for those who have passed away in death. To learn more, you are welcome to visit at no cost.


To the Family and Friends of Melvin, I am offering my condolences to you all in this sad time. He was such a great talent. I had been watching videos and After 7 for the past 3 months or so on You Tube and now this has happened. I'm sad. Much love to you all.


My condolences to the family of Melvin Edmonds. I really enjoyed his music, He will truly be missed. Blessing to the Family.

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