Oprah Winfrey’s OWN network, most recently, aired an episode of Where Are They Now September 10th, 2016 featuring the infamous group, Boyz II Men. The next day, they were sending reverberations of soul music through Nashville with the accompaniment of the Nashville Symphony. The most authentic music anyone could witness was happening as the group’s members didn’t sound a day past their days as high school peers, shaping the tone of boy-band, girl-group days to come. Artists influenced by the group includes Beyonce, Justin Beiber, Usher, Justin Timberlake and more.
It has been an interesting road for the group that younger generations didn’t quite get to experience. They started in 1985 as high school classmates and by ‘88- ‘89, they were official and would be labeled as the best-selling R&B group of all time. The group won 4 Grammys, 9 American Music Awards, 9 Soul Train Awards, 3 Billboard Awards, and a 2011 MOBO Award for Outstanding Contribution to Music.
During the Nashville showing, the experience that the group gave was timeless. As expected, they began with the chivalrous approach that modern artists don’t always exhibit. In spruced suiting, the was quartet turned trio, greeted the audience with a classic tone: “Good Evening Ladies and Gentlemen, we are Boyz II Men.” The experience even included Roseshire, hand-manicured roses that the group gave away to beloved fans coupled with sentimental serenades. In case you missed the experience, there’s still an option for you to have a piece of the moment when you order the specialized roses . They come coupled with a hand signed card by all 3 of the group members.
With more than 2 million fans on Facebook, 230k followers on Twitter, the Nashville portion of fans filled the Ascend Amphitheatre to serve as a mighty chorus. Lasting Member, Wanya Morris told Oprah: Where are They Now?, “One of the challenges of fame would be-be, I guess, staying famous. We couldn’t even forecast the actual success that we’d have hence not really recognizing the type of success we had until things actually died down.” He adds, “We’re in an instant coffee type of society where things happen so fast. Gone are the days of hard work into longevity, and talent. It’s just so easy now to be famous.” He also reiterated this at the commencement of the Nashville show, telling the audience, “We will lose what we call real music if we don’t support organizations like this (Nashville Symphony). Strings and oboe don’t come out of a keyboard.”
A day already filled with so much emotion in remembrance of September 11th was surely turned into a night to remember as Boyz II Men proved “Where They Are Now”: during the Nashville showing. 25 years as leaders in the industry, they continue to give a personal experience that you may be missing in most concerts. For the next few months through December, the Grammy Award-winning group will be showcasing their timeless talents at the Mirage Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.
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