24/7 – Kevon Edmonds | Top 40 Chart Performance, Story and Song Meaning

Chart Performance: Pop (#10) & R&B (#2); 1999

Story Behind The Song By Ed Osborne

Kevon Edmonds, along with his brother Melvin and college classmate Keith Mitchell, formed After 7 while at Indiana University. Post-graduation found the three holding down nine-to-five jobs while looking for a break into the music biz, hopefully though Kevon’s older brother, Kenneth, a.k.a. “Babyface.”

Babyface and his partner L.A. Reid (Mitchell’s cousin) eventually signed After 7 to a production deal, resulting in their 1998 self-titled LP. It launched five R&B chart records, including two #1’s, which also peaked in the pop Top 10.

By the time After 7’s run was over, the group had notched up four more Top 10 hits. Kevon teamed up again with brothers Melvin and Kenneth in the fictitious group Milestone for the Vanessa Williams’ film Soul Food singing Care ‘Bout You (#10 R&B, 1997).

Two years later Kevon was finally solo with 24/7 although the other Edmonds bothers lent their support this time, as well.

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Produced by:

  • Angelo Ray

Lyrics Written by:

  • Angelo Ray
  • David Scott