Friday, December 10, 2010

Boyz II Men Biography

Clearly “the R&B group” of the nineties, Boyz II Men would prove to critics and fans alike that these “four guys from Philly”, as they put it in one of their earlier songs, have the goods when it comes to singing four piece harmonies. Nathan Morris, Wanya Morris (no relation), Michael McCary, and Shawn Stockman would go on to make history together several times setting and breaking some of music’s most difficult records to achieve. They are Boyz II Men and this is their story.

Formation of Boyz II Men
Original members Wanya Morris (born July 29, 1973), Michael McCary (born December 16, 1971), Shawn Stockman (born September 26, 1972), and Nathan Morris (born June 18, 1971) are all Philadelphia, Pennsylvania natives. They met in a high school for the performing arts where all four members, along with Marc Nelson; another Philadelphia native, all took classical vocal training courses.

The five young men would join together and form the group Boyz II Men in 1988. Marc Nelson would drop out of the group prior to its first album release on Motown Records entitled CooleyHighHarmony. It was a rapid ascent to the top for Boyz II Men members Wanya Morris, Nathan Morris, Michael McCary, and Shawn Stockman after they fought to get backstage to meet and perform for the former New Edition member/current Bell Biv Devoe member Michael Bivens.

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