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About Boyz II Men

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About Boyz II Men

Members:

Current members: Nathan Morris, Wanya Morris, Shawn Stockman.
Former members: Michael McCary, Marc Nelson. Nelson was an original member of the group, but left before their debut album was released in 1991. McCary left the group in 2003 due to health issues.

Formation:

The members of Boyz II Men first formed the group in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1988 under the name Unique Attraction. At the time there were five members, all of whom were all students at the Philadelphia High School for Creative and Performing Arts. Eventually, the group changed its name to Boyz II Men in reference to the 1988 song "Boys to Men" by R&B vocal group New Edition, whom the high schoolers were fans of.

Early Career:

In 1989, the group was discovered by New Edition and Bel Biv Devoe member Michael Bivins after singing acapella for Bivins backstage at a concert. Bivins landed a contract for the Boyz with Motown Records, but at some point before the group's debut album was released, member Marc Nelson left the group to start a solo career. The other four original members stayed in however, and their Bivins-produced debut album, Cooleyhighharmony, was released in February 1991. It was a smash hit, reaching No. 1 on the Billboard R&B albums chart and No. 3 on the pop chart.

Current Day:

After the group's debut album, they abandoned the youthful New Jack Swing sound of the late 1980s and early '90s, and switched their sound and image to mature, family-friendly pop, best exemplified by their 1992 single "End of the Road" and 1997's "A Song for Mama." Throughout the '90s, they cultivated this sound while working with hugely successful mainstream artists like Babyface and Mariah Carey. In the 2000s, the group's popularity slid as they switched record labels twice and two members dealt with health issues. But the group remains active today: its latest album, Twenty, dropped in October 2011.

Personal:

After leaving the group before the Boyz' 1991 debut album, Marc Nelson released three solo albums and was also a founding member of the R&B vocal groups Az Yet and Blayse.
Michael McCrary was forced to leave Boyz II Men due to serious back problems caused by the medical condition scoliosis, which causes a curvature of the spine.
Since 2009, Shawn Stockman has been a judge on the NBC competition reality series, "The-Sing-Off."

Discography:

2011: Twenty
2009: Love
2007: Motown: A Journey Through Hitsville USA
2006: The Remedy
2004: Throwback, Vol. 1
2002: Full Circle
2000: Nathan Michael Shawn Wanya
1997: Evolution
1994: II
1991: Cooleyhighharmony

Grammy Wins:

1995: Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals, for "I'll Make Love to You."
1993: Best R&B Song for "End of the Road."
1993: Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals, for "End of the Road."
1992: Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals, for Cooleyhighharmony.

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