The Philadelphia High School for the Creative & Performing Arts (CAPA) has single-handedly served as a proving ground for some of America’s best soul music talents. Famous CAPA alumni include Christian McBride, Joey DeFrancesco, Amel Larrieux, Jazmine Sullivan and The Roots. Also included on that notable list is the diamond selling- multiplatinum Grammy winning group, Boyz II Men, who met, formed and graduated from the arts school over 20 years ago. Last week, they returned for a special private concert for over 200 lucky students – including 40 vocalists who shared the stage with them.
“Up Close & Personal with Boyz II Men” was hosted by SiriusXM Heart & Soul host Cayman Kelly, as the trio played songs from their legendary career through their new album, “Collide,” which is scheduled to be released on October 21.
“We are thrilled to be a part of Boyz II Men’s homecoming as they play a special, private concert for SiriusXM listeners at their former high school in Philadelphia,” said Scott Greenstein, President and Chief Content Officer, SiriusXM. “The event and exclusive broadcast is an exciting and unique way to celebrate the release of the Grammy Award winner’s new album.”
For over two decades Boyz II Men have given fans a rich catalogue of hits and number one albums that have withstood the test of time. Boyz II Men holds the distinction of being the best-selling R&B group of all time, with over 60 million albums sold. Although the Four Time Grammy Award winning group consisting of Shawn Stockman, Wanya Morris and Nate Morris continues to tour around the world, they currently have a residency at the famed Mirage Resort and Casino in Las Vegas. Signed to BMG, they will be releasing an all-new album, “Collide” on October 21st.
“We can’t wait to return to our alma mater, The Philadelphia School of the Creative & Performing Arts,” said Nathan Morris. “This is where it all began for us—so to be back here performing for the students with SiriusXM the week before our new album comes out is an incredible homecoming for us.”
“We are just excited for the state that our career is in,” added Nate Morris prior to the 90-minute performance. “When we first started this we were just excited. Now we are back at the point of our lives where we can enjoy doing the music because we want to because we’re in a real relaxed comfortable spirit. So, that is the type of music that we recorded; that’s the type of music that we plan to put out – it’s different from your average Boys II Men record, because it is not your typical Babyface ballads all over the place. They are just all good songs that we enjoy recording, and we didn’t care who wrote them or what genre they came from: we just made good records that had a lot of fun.”
The camaraderie of two-plus decades together was evident as the “Boyz” casually joked with each other, the media and students. “The crest is just respect for one another and recognizing what we represent to each other, musically loving it the way that we do – and God,” explained Wayna Morris. “Christ has always been in the forefront of our movement, and as long as we follow him we can always walk on water.”
“Up Close & Personal with Boyz II Men” will air on Tuesday, October 21 at 5:00 pm EST, via satellite on Heart & Soul, channel 48, and through the SiriusXM Internet Radio App on smartphones and other connected devices, as well as online at siriusxm.com. After the broadcast, “Up Close & Personal with Boyz II Men” will be available on SiriusXM On Demand for subscribers listening via the SiriusXM Internet Radio App for smartphones and other mobile devices or online at siriusxm.com. Visit www.siriusxm.com/ondemand for more info on SiriusXM On Demand.For more information on SiriusXM, please visit www.siriusxm.com. For information on tour dates and everything Boyz II Men, head to: www.BoyzIIMen.com
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