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Q&A: Boyz II Men

Since BoyZ II Men first began rehearsing together at the Philadelphia High School for the Creative and Performing Arts, those golden, intertwined doo-wop pipes have defined the hitmakers.

Donna Leahey
December 28, 2018

Known for their emotionally powerful ballads, rock-solid a capella harmonies, and soaring vocals, R&B icons Boyz II Men have been bringing the music since the ‘90s. Their timeless hits include “End of the Road,” “I’ll Make Love to You,” “One Sweet Day,” “It’s So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday,” “Motownphilly” and many others. The group — Nathan Morris, Wanya Morris, and Shawn Stockman — has raked in the awards in their two-and-a-half-decade career, including four Grammy Awards, nine American Music Awards, nine Soul Train Awards, three Billboard Awards, a 2011 MOBO (Music of Black Origin) Award for Outstanding Contribution to Music, a Casino Entertainment Award for their acclaimed residency at the Mirage Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

The best-selling R&B group of all time with an astounding 64 million albums sold doesn’t rest on its laurels; they keep putting out new albums and bringing their rich harmonies to stages across the world. Beyond making music, giving back is also important to Boyz II Men — the group has its own charity called Boyz II Men House.

Boyz II Men have won fans the world over with their soulful multi-octave sound and incredible vocals. Given the monumental success of their albums and the timeless quality of their vocals, it’s easy to see why Boyz II Men remains the most popular R&B group of all time.

Stockman took time to answer questions for Preview 918 ahead of their appearance at the Paradise Cove.

Q. What can fans expect from this tour?
A. We are so excited to be on the road and seeing our fans around the country. Fans can expect a really fun show filled with their favorite songs. For fans who haven’t seen our show in Vegas, they’ll also get the chance to see me and Nate jam out on guitars.

Q. Tell us about your charity, the Boyz II Men House. What’s its purpose? What does it mean to you?
A Growing up and throughout our careers we had to work hard so we’ve never taken our success for granted. It has made us realize that so many people look up to us for inspiration, so we make it one of our goals to give back which is why we created the Boyz II Men house to help causes we care about.

Q. Is there any other philanthropy you’d like to tell us about?
A. We are all passionate about giving back, but for me, I am very involved with the autism community as my son, Micah, is autistic. My wife [Sharhonda] and I created a charity, Micah’s Voice, to help other families affected by autism and provide them with the tools and resources that they need.

Q. Who are some of your musical influences?
A. We are fans of a bunch of musicians, and aside from New Edition/BBD, we are all very inspired by Prince.

Q. Your latest album, Under the Streetlight, was released in 2017. Is there another album in the works?
A. You will have to wait and see.

Q. Boyz II Men formed at Philadelphia High School for the Creative and Performing Arts. What can you tell us about the impact of that school on you and Boyz II Men?
A. We formed in high school, and being at a performing arts school had a huge influence on our careers. Having the chance to meet one another and perform onstage together before we “made it” was a lot of fun and helped us form our sound and values as a group.

Q. Michael McCary, who sang bass, left Boyz II Men about 15 years ago. How does performing as a trio instead of a quartet change the feel of the music?
A. Nate has an amazing talent where he can sing pretty much any part, so it didn’t change the feel of the music.

Q. With the residency at the Mirage coming to an end, what’s the next big thing for Boyz II Men?
A. We have been re-signed for another three years, so we’re excited to keep doing what we love.

Q. What keeps Boyz II Men working together so well after two decades?
A. I think it all comes down to our philosophy as artists. We are committed to creating timeless music our fans can enjoy for years to come. With a common goal, no matter what happens we are all looking to be successful, which keeps us together and strong.

Boyz II Men
Paradise Cove | River Spirit Casino Resort
8330 Riverside Parkway | Tulsa
Jan. 19: 8 p.m.
Must be 21 or older to attend