Celebrating 20 years of making music together, Boyz II Men performed hits new and old for Walmart Soundcheck. The live set included ‘I Should Have Lied’, ‘More Than You’ll Ever Know’, ‘One Up For Love’, ‘Believe’, ‘One More Dance’ and ‘I’ll Make Love to You’.
During an interview, Wanya Morris, Shawn Stockman and Nathan Morris talked about their new album ‘Twenty’, bringing nostalgia to the project, teaming with Charlie Wilson on the CD’s lead single ‘More Than You’ll Ever Know’, re-recording many of their hits for the album, how they all have a unique role in the recording process, learning all aspects of the music biz, and more.
“The most memorable thing about being in the industry for 20 years is actually being together 20 years later,” Wanya said about the album. “It’s still about music, it’s still about love, mainly about love and all aspects of it. The best way to express it is through music and get people to really feel the vibe of it. Come with us on this journey.”
The concert and interview video can be viewed at soundcheck.walmart.com. Check out additional pictures of Wanya, Shawn and Nathan below the cut. (more…)
Shawn Stockman of Boyz II Men spoke with Creative Loafing in a Q&A, where the 38-year-old was asked to compare R&B music in 1991 when the group released their debut album ‘Cooleyhighharmony’ to R&B music in 2011. Stockman’s answer reflected the dearth in the genre at the moment.
The sad truth is that not many artists are creating great R&B records anymore, and if they are those are the songs that the labels are weeding out in the album finalization process in fear of the sound being dated. While many artists have their fans grow old with them, our fans grow old but they also pass our music down to their children, which allows our fan base to skew much younger than one would think. Given the fact that the sound of music has changed so much over the past 20 years, introducing our music to younger fans is almost like introducing a brand-new style of music.
Boyz II Men spoke with UsMagazine.com about their first ever concert cruise set to take place in February. The veteran R&B group and their fans will embark on a “love cruise” to Nassau, Bahamas on the Carnival Cruise Line’s Imagination vessel from February 11-14. Remaining members Shawn Stockman, Wanya Morris and Nathan Morris plan to host meet and greets, poker tournaments, performances and a chance for fans to have their wedding vows renewed while the trio serenades them.
“We have been waiting a long time to do something like this,” Nathan explained. “We feel spending a few days on a ship celebrating 20 years with our fans, friends and loved ones sounds really special.” Wanya added, “To relax, have a few drinks and spend quality time with our fans is what I’m looking forward to.”
Boyz II Men revealed plans for a possible fan cruise to celebrate their 20 years in music in a sit down interview with ITN. The cruise would coincide with their 20th anniversary record, a milestone rare in music. Watch it via YouTube below.
Soul/R&B acts on television this week include:
Adele, who performs on ‘The Late Show with David Letterman’ on Monday.
Rihanna, who visits ‘Total Request Live’ on Tuesday and performs on ‘Today’ on Friday.
Stevie Wonder, who sits in with the band on ‘The Late Show’ on Tuesday.
Michelle Williams, who visits ‘TRL’ on Wednesday.
Keyshia Cole, who performs on ‘The Late Show’ on Thursday.
Duffy, who performs on ‘The Tonight Show with Jay Leno’ on Thursday.
Boyz II Men, who perform on ‘Good Morning America’ on Friday.
Boyz II Men are out with the video to their new single ‘Just My Imagination’, a remake of The Temptations 1971 classic, from the R&B group’s tribute album ‘Motown: A Journey Through Hitsville USA’, out now on Decca Records. Watch it via YouTube below.
Boyz II Men performed at FAO Schwarz in New York City for ‘The Early Show’. Earlier, the group’s members Shawn Stockman, Nathan Morris, and Wanya Morris announced with Julie Chen the winners of the CBS show’s A Capella Quest. Watch performances of ‘Money’ and ‘Just My Imagination’ (both since removed), and winner’s announcement via CBSNews.com below.
Stars including Boyz II Men and Lemar told ITN what their favorite festive tunes for the holidays are. Boyz II Men revealed their fav by performed ‘Silent Night’. Watch it via YouTube below.
R&B acts on television this week include:
Boyz II Men, who perform on ‘The View’ on Monday
Omarion, who promotes the release of ‘Face Off’ on ‘Total Request Live’ on Tuesday
Ne-Yo and Heather Headley perform on TNT’s ‘Christmas In Washington 2007’ on Wednesday
Alicia Keys, who performs on ‘Last Call with Carson Daly’ on Wednesday
Rihanna, Bobby Brown, Sean Kingston, and Ray J are featured on VH1’s ‘What Perez Sez About 2007’ on Thursday
Boyz II Men visited ‘The Morning Show with Mike and Juliet’ the other morning, where the guys talked about severe back problems forcing Michael McCary to leave the band, why they decided to cover Motown’s hits with ‘Motown: A Journey Through Hitsville USA’, and working with Randy Jackson on the project before they performed The Miracles 1965 hit ‘The Tracks of My Tears’. Video at mandjshow.com has since been removed.