Boyz II Men still making music after 20 years

Tue Oct 25, 2011 3:15pm EDT
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By Sabrina Ford

NEW YORK (Reuters) - In 1991, Boyz II Men arrived on the pop music scene with their own brand of R&B that peppered Motown-like harmonies with New Jack Swing, a genre that fused R&B, hip-hop and pop music.

The following year their wrenching ballad "End of the Road" sent the Philadelphia natives to international superstardom, and Tuesday, the band releases "Twenty," a double-disc album of new and revisited material commemorating the 20th anniversary of their debut album, "Cooleyhighharmony."

"Twenty" reunites Wanya Morris, Nathan Morris and Shawn Stockman with "End of the Road" producer Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds. Their latest single, "One Up for Love," the video for which premiered last Friday, was produced by Edmonds.

"There's a song for every person, a song for each day," Boyz II Men singer Wanya Morris told Reuters.

"It's autumn so the leaves are changing and it gives me a 'So Amazing' vibe," he added, referencing a new mid-tempo track produced by the hitmaking duo Tim & Bob.

"Tomorrow, if I'm feeling more romantic," Morris continued, "I may want to listen to something like 'Slowly,'" which is the album's slinky ballad that also was produced by Tim & Bob.

The 20-song collection is comprised of 12 new original tracks and eight newly-recorded versions of classics like "Motownphilly," "I'll Make Love to You," and "On Bended Knee."

"When we first did the songs they were just given to us and we went into the studio and got it done," explained Nathan Morris. "But now we've been singing them for so long and even experienced some of the stuff that we've been singing about ... we're able to express them a lot better."   Continued...