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|Birth name||Kevon Edmonds|
February 25, 1958 |
Indianapolis, Indiana, United States
|Origin||Indianapolis, Indiana, United States|
|Labels||Virgin Records, RCA Records|
|Associated acts||After 7, Babyface, K-Ci & JoJo|
Kevon Edmonds (born February 25, 1958) is an American singer and actor and is the older brother of famous producer/songwriter/singer Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds as revealed by his own testimony in many interviews and on TV One "Unsung". Growing up, Kevon shied away from the church choir, preferring to sing for his own satisfaction. It was only during his teenage years that he joined his friends in the junior high and high school choirs.
Edmonds was born in Indianapolis in 1958. As a member of After 7, Edmonds had some successes, earning a platinum album as well as several gold singles. They continued to tour the country and established themselves as one of R&B's top performing groups. After their 1995 album, Reflections, After 7 left Virgin Records due to frustrations with the label. The departure from Virgin Records allowed the members to pursue their own personal projects and over time, saw the group separate.
Edmonds then appeared with Babyface and K-Ci & JoJo for a project in a fictional group called Milestone. The group performed in the movie Soul Food and had a hit single with the track "I Care About You". For a brief period, Milestone nearly became a real group, instead of just the fictional group portrayed in the movie, but label conflicts caused the project to collapse.
In 1999, Edmonds released his first solo album, 24/7. The title track from the album was a big hit, going gold and reaching #10 on the Hot 100. The album's second single, "No Love (I'm Not Used to)", performed moderately well, reaching #25 on the R&B charts.
Edmonds' second solo CD, Who Knew, was released October 13, 2009 through Make Entertainment/Image Distribution. The first single was released in early August and is titled "Oh." Thomas Leo on Grown Folks Music rated the album 4/5 citing "What he did was give r&b fans a very solid album full of good music in a time when the genre seems to be moving away from what it once was."
In a recent interview, Edmonds promised fans they won't have to wait another ten years for his next album.
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- "Kevon Edmonds Interview". rapindustry.com. Retrieved 2009-08-09.
- "New R&B Music – Kevon Edmonds – Oh, New R&B Album – Who Knew". soulofrnb.com. 2009-08-08. Retrieved 2009-08-09.
- Blog Archive Kevon Edmonds "Who Knew" Album Review. Grown Folks Music (2009-10-21). Retrieved on 2015-12-10.
- An Interview With Kevon Edmonds. youknowigotsoul.com (October 27, 2009)