By Berit Ollestad
It has been 20 years since the boy band from the ’90s affectionately known as Boyz II Men entered the music scene and captivated us with emotional ballads and a cappella harmonies.
After two solid hours of teasing and pleasing a mostly female audience on Friday at Morristown’s Mayo Performing Arts Center, these guys showed no signs of slowing down anytime soon.
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The impact of this R&B band on the music industry is indisputable. With three of their top songs all but etched into Billboard’s Hot 100 list for most consecutive weeks at number one, Nathan Morris, Wanya Morris and Shawn Stockman have proved their staying power.
These Philadelphia natives titillated the crowd with old time favorites such as On Bended Knee, The End of the Road and Motown Philly. They also introduced a couple of tracks off their current album, Twenty, released last year.
One Sweet Day, their duet with Mariah Carey, still holds the record with 16 consecutive weeks in the top spot on the Billboard 100.
As the house lights dimmed, a lucky few who made their way to the front of the stage were serenaded by each of the band members with their classic I’ll Make Love To You; some of the ladies even received a long-stemmed rose, gently kissed.
With playful banter and a dimpled smile, Nathan Morris reminded us why we fell in love with the boys from Philly all those years ago. As each band member took the microphone, it appeared that the feeling was mutual.