Boys II Men bring the '90s to Shippensburg


Boyz II Men performing.

The seats were filled, people were singing and dancing and the crowd went wild as Boyz II Men came to H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center on Thursday, April 4 at 8 p.m.

Boyz II Men formed in 1988 in Philadelphia, Pa. They were best known for their emotional songs and a cappella harmonies and for selling 60 million recordings.

Today the group is a trio featuring Nathan Morris, Shawn Stockman and Wanya Morris. They are among a few artists who have held a No. 1-spot for over 50 weeks placing them in fourth behind Elvis Presley, the Beatles and Mariah Carey.

The trio opened up with one of its 1991 songs. During the concert, the group members could not express enough how much they love their fans and how everyone has helped them so much along the way.

Another older song they performed was “I’ll Make Love to You,” a hit single in 1994, and they handed out roses to people who came down to the stage.

One girl in the audience had her mom on the phone and Nathan Morris grabbed the phone, took it on the stage and sang to the woman on the phone. Morris also grabbed a woman’s hand and sang part of the song to her.

“It was truly one of the best concerts I have seen and when they passed out the roses, it was amazing,” audience member Erin Dealey said.

Photo by Alexa Bryant / The Slate

The trio talked about their album “Love,” which was released on Nov. 23, 2009.

“Love” features all cover songs sung by the trio with a special song recorded with Michael Bublé. They sang a song by Mariah Carey, which is on the album.

One of the songs they sang at the concert was called “Water Runs Dry,” which had no music, but just their voices.

Olivia Gill, another audience member, said, “It was awesome to hear that song without music in the background and strictly just voice,” Gill said.

“I also liked the slide show in the background that played some of their music videos while they were singing. It really set the mood to their songs.”

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