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Boyz II Men Helps Present Large Sum to Music Program, Launches Wine Line

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By Sharon Oliver

Philadelphia R&B group Boyz II Men have been busy these days. Known for their string of hit ballads like On Bended Knee, I’ll Make Love to Youand End of the Road, the guys continue to perform, now as a trio, at their weekend residency at the Mirage in Las Vegas. Former member Michael Sean McCary left Boyz II Men due to chronic back problems in 2003.

They recently launched a new line of wine called Harmony and took part in a $110,000 donation to the School District of Philadelphia.

Giving Back to the Community

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Understanding the impact they have had in their native city of Philadelphia and as a show of appreciation, Boyz II Men partnered with Reverend Mark Hatcher of Holy Ghost Ministries and Live Nation to present the check to the school district to support music programs.

The Grammy winners attended Philadelphia High School for the Creative and Performing Arts and recognized that without music programs they would not be where they are today. Unfortunately, due to budget cuts, many aspiring musicians were deprived of such programs so Boyz II Men decided to take action and fill in the gap.

Harmony Wine Venture

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Anyone with an ear to hear knows how well these men can harmonize. After deciding to venture into the business of selling wine, they came up with the perfect name for their new line – Harmony.

As member Shawn Stockman explains, ““It’s called Harmony because these are all Bordeaux types of wines, so they are a harmony of different types of grapes that mesh together to create something very tasty, like actual vocal harmony.” Wanya Morris adds, “When there was no music, there was only harmony. It’s organic, and it comes directly from the source of hearing and feeling and sound.”

“Most of us are wine drinkers, and it does kinda coincide with our music and special times like that,” Nathan Morris stated.

25th Anniversary of “I’ll Make Love to You”

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Released in 1994 and produced by Babyface, the song “I’ll Make Love to You” was so much of a hit until it has been blamed for the conception of babies born between 1994 and 1995. It was the lead single on the group’s sophomoric album and held the #1 spot on Billboard Hot 100 for 14 consecutive weeks.

In celebration of the single and album’s success, group has kicked off a U.S. tour with one special stop at The Met in Philly for a Valentine’s Day concert.

Still in Their Stride

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Speaking to the The Philadelphia Inquirer ahead of their performance, Wanya Morris said this about the show’s significance, “It feels good. … We’ve been doing this for a long time. It’s a Boyz II Men II show, so to be able to commemorate that time with a show of such stature, it makes good sense,” he said. “And it’s a great notch in our belt.”

It was at this sold-out show and after receiving a standing ovation, where the group made their generous donation.

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