The Boyz are back in town
Boyz II Men, The Biggest-Selling Motown Act In History, Takes The Blaisdell Arena Stage Valentine’s Day To Share Their Songs Of Love. Considered the most successful R&B male group of all time, Boyz II Men takes the Blaisdell Concert Hall stage on Valentine’s Day
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Considered the most successful R&B male group of all time, Boyz II Men takes the Blaisdell Concert Hall stage on Valentine’s Day to share the love With their last visit to Hawaii 10 years ago, the men of Boyz II Men return to the Islands next week for a special concert that fittingly falls on the most perfect date of the year - Valentine’s Day.
“We will be expressing love in its full entirety,“says Wanya Morris on what the audience can expect at their upcoming concert. “These songs were written based on love - new-found love, lost love, wanting to keep love - all aspects of love will definitely be focused on this Valentine’s Day.”
Named the most successful R&B male group of all time by the Recording Industry Association of America, Boyz II Men has sold more than 60 million albums, recorded five No. 1 R&B hits , won four Grammy Awards and is the biggest-selling act in Motown history.
Their latest album Motown: A Journey Through Hitsville USA is nominated for Best R&B Album at the upcoming 51st Grammy Awards happening Feb. 8. They also are nominated for Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals for Ribbon in the Sky.
“(For Ribbon in the Sky), we did an a cappella, we had no engineer,no producers. We just decided to sit in the studio and figure it out, and once we put it together, it turned out incredibly,” says Wanya, who lists this song as one of his favorites. “Lord willing, we’ll win (the Grammy), but if we don’t, I’m just happy to be in the building.”
The group formed in 1988 in Philadelphia, originally as a quintet consisting of Nathan Morris, Michael McCary,Shawn Stockman, Wanya Morris (no relation to Nathan) and Marc Nelson.
Shortly after,however,Nelson left to pursue a solo career, and the group carried on as a quartet.
“We met in high school, at the High School for Creative Performing Arts,“explains Wanya. “We would really just sing together. It wasn’t so much of a friendship. We were in the choir together, so we knew exactly what part we sang and when we would sing, it felt so beautiful.
“We had discrepancies with each other’s personalities, but as time progressed, the music that we created also created a love and respect for one another. Now, those personalities that we could-n’t stand in high school we can’t live without.”
In 1991, Boyz II Men signed with Motown Records and released their debut album, Cooley high harmony, which sold more than 9 million copies in the U.S. and earned the group its first Grammy Award.
Over the next five years, they would continue to release Billboard chart-topping hits, including End of the Road (which held the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 for 13 weeks), I’ll Make Love To You, On Bended Knee, Water Runs Dry
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