Published on March 10th, 2014 | by Chase Larson0
Boyz II Men Joined By Local Talent In Salt Lake City
Although they haven’t charted a big hit for more than a decade, Boyz II Men has done a remarkable job of intertwining their velvety harmonies into many of our formative romantic histories.
Beyond the cliché, however, it can be easy to forget that the legendary crooners are the most commercially successful R&B group of all time, having won four Grammys and being involved in three of the top four longest-running No. 1 pop singles in history.
Utilizing crossover appeal in the early ‘90s to bring R&B back into the mainstream, the group solidified the genre as a mainstay of American popular music. Their lush vocal orchestrations also brought a renewed excitement to pure a capella singing over the increasingly ubiquitous bass-heavy hip hop beats (band member Shawn Stockman was later featured as a judge on the popular a capella show, The Sing-Off).
Though they haven’t been as omnipresent in our current musical landscape, Boyz II Men have managed to maintain a spot in our public consciousness — if it’s not “Best of the ‘90s” lists, it’s performing hilarious versions of ringtones for CollegeHumor.com, making a guest appearance on How I Met Your Mother or having their ultra ballad “I’ll Make Love To You” featured as John Krasinki’s crowning lip sync performance on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.
With all that in mind, the soulful band is poised to perform Thursday, March 13 at The Complex in Salt Lake City. In addition to the Boyz, a statewide Gigg.com YouTube competition will provide winner and local artist Mimi Knowles the chance to open the show in a rare, memorable opportunity.
Rising blue-eyed soul singer Ryan Innes of recent reknown on The Voice will also perform. Tickets available online.