BOYZ II MEN CELEBRATES 20 YEARS WITH "TWENTY"
Grammy Award-Winning Multi-Platinum Iconic Pop Group Releases New Album in Fall 201l
Double CD Collection to Include Brand New Material for the First Time in 10 Years; 10 New Songs Plus 10 Newly Recorded Versions of "End of the Road," "I'll Make Love to You" and "Bended Knee" Amongst Others
Currently in the studio with Babyface, Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, Teddy Riley, Dallas Austin, Rob Knox, Julian Bunetta, and Tim/Bob
July 20, 2011 - New York, NY - Diamond selling, multi-platinum, Grammy-winning group Boyz II Men will celebrate 20 hit-making years with their brand new album "Twenty." The double CD album set will contain 10 brand new songs plus 10 newly recorded and updated versions of Boyz II Men classics, including "End of the Road," "I'll Make Love to You" and "Bended Knee," amongst others that spawned the birth of one of the most successful singing groups of all time.
As newly announced inductees to receive their star on the world famous Hollywood Walk of Fame, Boyz II Men have a new studio album "Twenty," which will feature new material for the first time in 10 years. Currently in studio, the iconic group is working on new material with hit producers such as Babyface, Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, Dallas Austin, Teddy Riley, Rob Knox (Justin Timberlake, Joe Jonas), Julian Bunetta (Leona Lewis, Natasha Bedingfield) and Tim/Bob(Jamie Foxx, Jennifer Lopez) amongst others. "Twenty" will be released as an exclusive only at Walmart, in the fall of 2011 on the Boyz own label MSM Music, with partners Benchmark Entertainment.
"We started with a pure love for music, so to be here 20 years later still doing what we love has been a pure blessing" comments Wanya Morris of the trio. The group's tenor and a judge on NBC's hit show "The Sing-Off," Shawn Stockman remarked, "From day one our fans have been amazing. They've seen us grow from boys to men, so we owe all our success to their continued support." Nathan Morris commented, "No matter how many albums we have done throughout the years, we always strive to put out the best sounding music possible. We are excited to be in the studio again with the guys who have been a part of some of our biggest hits to date. It's a really good feeling."
Selling over 60 million albums worldwide and winning every award from Grammys to American Music Awards across the globe, Nathan Morris, Wanya Morris and Shawn Stockman of Boyz II Men have broken numerous records in their 20 years, making them one of the biggest pop groups of all time. Cited as influences to some of the most successful artists of all time, from 'N Sync to Beyonce, Usher to Justin Bieber, the group still holds the number one ("One Sweet Day" ft. Mariah Carey), three ("I'll Make Love to You") and four ("End of the Road") spots for most consecutive No. 1 records on top of the Billboard Hot 100. The group stands in the company of Elvis Presley, The Beatles and Mariah Carey as the only artists to have stayed so long on top of the music charts.
More recently, the group added to their mark on pop culture by leaving their indelible mark on some of Motown's most timeless hits. Boyz II Men earned rave reviews with their 2007 Decca label debut, "Motown: A Journey Through Hitsville USA" (Decca/Universal). The record earned them two Grammy nominations for their rendition of classic Detroit soul Motown hits. The group then followed up with another timeless album in 2009 named "Love," covering songs made famous by Bonnie Raitt, Journey, Sam Cooke, Cyndi Lauper and The Beatles.
"Twenty" finds Boyz II Men 20 years later, fulfilling their dreams with a worldwide following, millions of records sold, many awards across the globe and a new album ready to move the Boyz to their next chapter.
In addition to working on landmark albums and constantly touring with his group Boyz II Men, R&B superstar Shawn Stockman will also once again be bringing his musical talent back to NBC's hit show, "The Sing-Off." The singing competition features dueling a capella groups, and Stockman, with his world-renowned voice, will be bringing his expertise to bear once again as a judge for the third season.
For 20 years Boyz II Men has been making legendary hits, winning (and wooing) millions of fans the world over - and founding member Shawn Stockman has been there from the beginning. Shawn, born September 26, 1972, has helped to make Boyz II Men the best selling R&B group of all time. For the past two decades, Stockman and his band mates Nathan Morris and Wanya Morris have been crafting classic albums whose appeal have withstood the test of time. Shawn's rich vocals have made timeless albums such as "II" (1994), "Evolution" (2007), and their most recent releases, "Motown: A Journey Through Hitsville USA" (2007) and "Love" (2009).
Shawn and the Boyz will be celebrating their 20th anniversary aboard the "The Love Cruise," and will enjoy a little "R&R" set to their own world-renowned R&B. In smooth, celebratory style, Boyz II Men is planning a four-day concert-cruise getaway, aptly titled "The Love Cruise." And best of all, all of their fans are invited.
And what is the secret to Shawn and his bandmates' stellar success? "I think it's respect: respect for each other's abilities, for what we each bring to the table, respect for each other as men," Shawn explains. "We try to give each other space, room to breathe, room to grow - because we're not just Boyz II Men, we're also husbands and fathers, sons and brothers, members of our communities. At this point, there are no egos: we know we all built this thing together and we're all in it together."
Shawn currently resides in Philadelphia with his wife, Sharonda Jones and their seven-year-old twin boys.