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July 31, 2014, 7:30 am

Boyz II Men: Success is about respect

Diamond selling- multiplatinum Grammy winning group, Boyz II Men celebrates 20 hit-making years with their brand new album, “Twenty” released last week exclusively at Wal-Mart and digital retailers everywhere. “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” said Wanya Morris of the trio.

The group’s tenor and judge on hit breakout show NBC’s “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.”

The Boyz have also launched the “The Boyz II Men Mobile App” (for iPhone & Android smartphones) for the group’s over 60 million fans to be the first to hear about new music, videos and concerts. “Using the iPhone App, our fans will be able to continue to watch us grow,” said Nathan Morris. “We have been around for 20 years, so we think the iPhone App is a great way to reach out to a new generation of fans.”

As newly announced inductees to receive their star on the world famous “Hollywood Walk Of Fame,” Boyz II Men’s new studio album features brand new material for the first time in 10 years and collaborations from hit producers such as Babyface, Teddy Riley, Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis. The double CD album set will contain 12 brand new songs plus eight 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.

For the past two decades, the Boyz have been crafting classic albums whose appeal has withstood the test of time. And what is the secret to Stockman and his band mates’ 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,” Stockman 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.”

 

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