Wednesday, October 10, 2012

AccuRadio Song Of The Day-After 7

Artist:After 7
Song:Ready Or Not
Album:The Best Of After 7

Ready Or Not was one of two top ten pop hits for the R & B vocal trio After 7 in 1990. They were early proteges of famed producers Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds and Antonio :LA: Reid. Babyface wanted to form a group for his brothers Kevon and Melvin Edmonds. Third member Keith Mitchell was sold as Reid's cousin. But Mitchell told R & B Haven that he is not related to Reid. The true story is Kevon and Mitchell were classmates at Indiana University and had performed together locally. So no doubt it was Kevon's idea to bring Mitchell in. They signed with Virgin Records and Babyface & Reid wrote and produced most of the 1989 album After 7 including Ready Or Not. It reached #7 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1990 and the follow up Can't Stop reached #6. Both songs topped the R & B chart. They also had hits with Heat Of The Moment and Nights Like This from the 1991 film The Five Heartbeats. After 7 recorded three albums. They had minor hits from the other two albums. But by 1995, Virgin dropped them and they split up. You can get all their hits on this budget comp. Kevon and Melvin Edmonds were part of the group Milestone that was assembled for the 1997 film Soul Food. Since then, Melvin has done mostly session singing. But Kevon Edmonds had a top ten hit with 24/7 in 1999. Mitchell owns a restaurant in Atlanta and managed the white female rapper Sarai. When Kevon and Mitchell reunited for the 2006 New Jack Reunion tour, they decided to reform After 7 with Kevon's younger brother Jason Edmonds and they still tour. Melvin probably doesn't want to tour. Here's the video for Ready Or Not by After 7.

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