I grew up listening to Boyz II Men on my mini boombox up in my room on the daily and making up my own dances to Motown Philly. Not only that but “End of the Road” was a favorite at my high school dances. It was “Water Runs Dry” that I cried to after some loser bag chose to go out with my friend instead of me. And then there was “Doin’ Just Fine” later on in my life when I went through a massive breakup that should have happened way long before it did. You get the picture. Boyz II Men, along with Mariah Carey, had a big part in my coping with life’s big fat let downs, crisis and even the fun times.
Oh man, where oh where have the days gone where music lyrically and emotionally taught men how to love and treat a lady like Boyz II Men did. You know, REAL baby making music, not the stupid music today that calls women “hoes” and “tricks” lyrics. Yeah Weezy I’m talking about you.
At any rate, to chat with one of the guys from the group was beyond surreal. I have interviewed several big stars and never felt the amount of nerves I had when speaking with Shawn Stockman, one-fourth of the Grammy Award winning group Boyz II Men.
Stockman, now a judge on The Sing-Off, again is influencing the lives of others by making people’s dreams come true. I had the chance to chat about Boyz II Men and future projects and I’m excited to share this with you.
When I asked Shawn whether he and Boyz II Men would take the stage on the Sing-Off’s finale, he said, “Yeah. We’re talking about it. We’re talking about finale options and ideas, and apparently want it – we want it to be big and we wanted to do something memorable, and things of that nature. And we haven’t come to an agreement just yet, as far as how we approach it, because I’m – honestly, I’m a lot – and me and the guys are a lot busier than what we were even last year, so we’re trying to figure it all out. But rest assured, it’s going to be something special and it’s going to be something cool. And I’m definitely going on stage.”
Now THAT is what I like to hear.
Danity: “I know a lot of judges and hosts from other shows kind of use this show, or a show like this, as kind of a platform for either a relaunching of a career or other side projects. Do you have anything that you are going to be doing other than this?”
Shawn said, “Outside of the Boyz II Men album that’s coming out October 24 on our own label and exclusively at Walmart — this is a very special deal. A lot of people kind of giggle and laugh when I say that, but it’s a really big deal and we’re excited about it. You know, as well as just doing the Sing Off, I’m – I do have a production company called TRU SOCIETY that I’m in the process of shopping other TV deals and things of that nature. I’ve been bitten by the TV bug. And although I have – I’ve always had ideas for television shows, this has really kind of pushed me into this direction a lot quicker. And, you know, hopefully you’ll see some actual productions created under TRU SOCIETY in the near future.”
Be sure to check out Shawn Stockman on The Sing-Off on Monday nights on NBC.