The Crown Coliseum presents Boyz II Men in concert on Friday, March 11 at 7:30 p.m. The trio holds the distinction of being the best-selling R & B group of all time with 60 million albums sold. The members consist of Nathan Morris, Wanya Morris and Shawn Stockman.
During the 1990s, Boyz II Men gained international success. Their success began with “End of the Road” in 1992, which reached the top of the charts worldwide. The song also set a new record for longevity staying at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 for thirteen weeks breaking the record held by Elvis Presley. Throughout their musical career, they have won four Grammy awards, nine American Music Awards, nine Soul Train Music Awards, three Billboard Awards and a 2011 MOBO Award for Outstanding Contribution to Music. I recently reached out to the group for an interview:
Shanessa Fenner, Up & Coming Weekly: What should the audience expect on March 11 at the Crown Complex in Fayetteville, North Carolina?
Shawn Stockman: Fans can expect to hear all of our old hits that everyone knows and can sing along to. We love North Carolina — we’ve played there a lot over the years — so we’re really looking forward to this show.
UCW: Have you been working on some new projects? What kinds of projects are you working on?
SS: Recently we performed on FOX’s Grease Live, which was an incredible experience and we also got to sing a parody of “End of the Road” on the Late Late Show with James Corden. We have been able to do some really cool things lately as we gear up for our 25th anniversary. Also, we are working on a Doo-Wop project that will be coming out within the next year.
UCW: Have the dynamics of the group changed being that there are only three members now?
SS: We had to adjust in terms of the parts we used to sing, but otherwise we continue to have a smooth group dynamic.
UCW: Who are your musical influences/favorites?
SS: As a collective, we all admire Prince! He’s a legend and definitely one of our favorite musicians of all time.
UCW: What do you do in your down time?
SS: Lately I haven’t really had down time with all the projects we’ve been doing, but any chance I get I love to spend time with my wife and kids.
UCW: What are future plans for the group?
SS: Recently our residency at The Mirage Hotel and Casino has been extended through 2018 so we will continue to perform for our fans and create timeless hits!
Ticket prices are $75.50, $65.50, $55.50 and $45.50. For more information call 438-4100.