Boyz II Men is considered “one of the truly iconic R&B groups in music history” and according to the Record Industry Association of America, Boyz II Men are “the most commercially successful R&B group of all time,” with more than 60 million albums sold worldwide. Boyz II Men is also the first group to ever achieve 7 Platinum singles – each single sold more than 1 million records.
The now legendary group began in 1988 in their hometown of Philadelphia where they met while attending the City’s High School for the Creative and Performing Arts. Founding members Nathan Morris and Marc Nelson began singing with Wanya Morris, Shawn Stockman, and Michael McCrary. But before their big break, Nelson left the group.
In 1991, the quartet Boyz II Men recorded their first album Cooleyhighharmony for famed Motown Records. Their debut single Motownphilly (1991) topped the Pop and R&B charts and was their first Platinum single. On the same album, the group’s a cappella ballad It’s So Hard To Say Goodbye To Yesterday (1991), also topped the charts and was awarded Gold, selling more than 500,000 records. Their hit songs, now classics, continued with End of the Road (1992), I’ll Make Love To You (1994), On Bended Knee (1994), Water Runs Dry (1994), One Sweet Day (1995), 4 Seasons of Loneliness (1997), A Song for Mama (1997), Pass You By (2000), and The Color of Love (2002).
In 2003, due to chronic back pain, Michael McCary left the group and Boyz II Men became a trio with original members Nathan Morris, Wanya Morris, and Shawn Stockman. Their albums that followed – Throwback (2004), The Remedy (2006), Motown: A Journey Through Hitsville USA (2007), and Love (2009) were predominantly re-releases of their greatest hits and covers of other artists’ songs. In 2011, celebrating 20 years as recording artists, Boyz II Men released their album aptly titled Twenty with the hit single More Than You’ll Ever Know followed by their most recent album Collide (2014).
Over the past 25 years, Boyz II Men have amassed 4 Grammy Awards, 9 American Music Awards, 9 Soul Train Awards, 3 Billboard Awards, a MOBO (Music of Black Origin) Award for Outstanding Contribution to Music (2011) and enshrined on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (2012). Given the renewed popularity of a cappella, Boyz II Men’s “soulful multi-octave sound and incredible vocals” along with their unprecedented monumental success, Boyz II Men remains the most popular R&B group of all time.