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SEP 16 | Boyz II Men

AUG 16 | 8 PM

It’s long overdue, but now Boyz II Men are making their Wolf Trap debut! Boyz II Men’s combination of sweet soul harmonies and swaggering new jack swing beats ruled radio in the mid-’90s with hits including “Motownphilly,” “I’ll Make Love to You,” “On Bended Knee,” and more. SWV opens the show with their smooth harmonies that make audiences weak in the knees.


BOYZ II MEN

Boyz II Men redefined popular R&B and continues to create timeless hits that appeal to fans across all generations. The band has penned and performed some of the most celebrated classics of the past two decades. The group’s four Grammy Awards are just the tip of the iceberg; throughout their 30-year career, Boyz II Men have also won a whopping nine American Music Awards, nine Soul Train Awards, three Billboard Awards, a 2011 MOBO Award for Outstanding Contribution to Music, a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and a Casino Entertainment Award for their acclaimed residency at the Mirage Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, which launched in 2013.

The trio holds the distinction of being the best-selling R&B group of all time, with an astounding 64 million albums sold. And the reason is abundantly clear: for the past two decades Boyz II Men have given fans a rich catalog of hits filled with smooth harmonies and enduring themes. And for Boyz II Men, the hits just keep on coming—the group continues to craft new albums and bring their legendary act to stages across the world.

Boyz II Men’s past hits include: “End of the Road,” “I’ll Make Love to You,” “One Sweet Day,” “Motownphilly,” and many others. Their recent albums have earned them major critical acclaim as well. Their Decca label debut, Motown: A Journey Through Hitsville USA (Decca/Universal), released in 2007, earned them two Grammy nominations.

In 2011, Boyz II Men marked their 20th anniversary by releasing a landmark album, fittingly titled Twenty. The album contains the group’s first original material in nearly a decade as well as a dozen remastered, classic, career-defining hits. Twenty debuted at No. 20 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums Chart, No. 4 on the Billboard R&B album chart, No. 10 on the Billboard Digital Album Chart, and placed No. 1 on the iTunes R&B Soul Album chart. Twenty’s first single, “More Than You’ll Ever Know” cracked into the top 15 on Urban AC charts.

Boyz II Men have won fans around the world over with their soulful multi-octave sound and incredible vocals. Given the monumental success of their albums and the timeless quality of their vocals, it’s easy to see why Boyz II Men remains the most popular R&B group of all time. Ask any successful pop or R&B superstar which artists have inspired them—chances are Boyz II Men will be at the top. From Justin Timberlake and Usher to Justin Bieber and Beyonce, the most successful stars in the industry look to Boyz II Men as their idols.

Beyond making music, giving back is also important to Boyz II Men; the group has its own charity called Boyz II Men House which lends support to individuals and organizations that focus on improving the quality of life and helping to unlock human potential, while contributing to the health and vitality of those less fortunate.

Fans were wowed in the summer of 2014 when Boyz II Men headed out on the hotly-anticipated Package Tour with New Kids on the Block and 98 Degrees.

The group released a new album featuring original material through label BMG in October 2014 called Collide. Collide was a landmark album for Boyz II Men, showcasing a new and different sound for one of the most successful and enduring groups in mainstream music. Two of the tracks, “Better Half” and “Diamond Eyes,” were featured on a special episode of ABC’s hit show The Bachelorette. The group also performed on FOX’s hit live show Grease Live in 2016, and their performance became the most-tweeted moment.

In 2016, Boyz II Men member Wanya Morris became a double threat, stepping on the dance floor on ABC’s hit show Dancing with the Stars, where he and partner Lindsay Arnold made it to the semifinals—ending on a high note with three tens. In the summer of 2017, the group once again joined New Kids on the Block on the road for The Total Package Tour featuring Paula Abdul. In the fall of 2017, the group released a Doo-Wop album Under The Streetlight. In 2019, the group released “If You Leave Me Now,” a hit song with singer/songwriter Charlie Puth. They also opened up for Bruno Mars on his 24K Magic Tour in select cities in the US.

Boyz II Men were featured in a film starring Charlize Theron and Seth Rogen called Long Shot that received rave reviews.

In summer of 2019, they were nominated for a CMT Music Award for their Crossroads performance of “Motownphilly” with country singer Brett Young and continued collaborations by joining forces with Steep Canyon Rangers on a bluegrass song, “Be Still Moses.” In October 2019, the trio made a cameo in ABC’s show Schooled, where they performed “Motown Philly,” a spoof of their hit song, taking it back to the ‘90’s with a twist. In February of 2020, the group launched a wine called Chateau Harmony. Most recently, they made an appearance on the NBC hit show Songland. Their song “Love Struck” premiered at No. 2 on iTunes and was featured on ABC’s hit show Blackish.

In 2021, Boyz II Men was in ABC’s A Very Boy Band Holiday , Live in Front of A Studio Audience: Different Strokes, CMT Christmas with Brett Young, as well as The AFTR PRTY featuring Shawn and Wanya.

This year, Boyz II Men took over Twitter with Peacock for Super Bowl LVI and they are currently on tour in the US.

Biography provided by artist management.

SWV
SWV posing against a yellow background

In 1992, a trio of vocally talented women called SWV was introduced to the music world.

The group’s RCA debut It’s About Time (1992) produced a string of Top 10 R&B hits including: “I’m So Into You,” “Right Here,” Downtown,” “Weak,” and “You’re Always On My Mind.” This montage of musical success established the trio as a commercial force early in 1993. Teddy Riley mentored the group to hone their craft and sound, and as a result, produced the remix to the hit “Right Here,” which featured samples of Michael Jackson’s hit song “Human Nature.” The partnership topped the R&B charts at No. 1 and popular charts at No. 2. SWV earned 11 Billboard Music Award nominations for their debut album.

In 1996, SWV returned to the music scene with another platinum album New Beginning, which was preceded by the No. 1 hit, “You’re the One” and The Neptunes-produced hit “Use Your Heart.”

In 1997, SWV released its third album Release Some Tension, which spawned several Top 10 hits including: “Someone” featuring Sean “Puffy” Combs as artist and producer; “Lose My Cool,” a rhythmic duet of SWV and rap artist Redman; “Rain,” a trademark torch ballad written and produced by their first album collaborator Brian Alexander Morgan; and the Timbaland-produced song “Can We” featuring Missy Elliot, which was featured on the Booty Call movie soundtrack.

SWV has received numerous accolades from its peers in the industry. In 1993, their debut album received nominations for a Grammy, American Music Award, and Source Award. The group also won a Children’s Choice Award and a BET “Best of Video Soul” Award.

In May 2021, SWV performed on Verzuz against Xscape. After performing to more than 3.5 million viewers and garnering 1.25 billion impressions, Billboard declared SWV the winner. Billboard also put SWV on their prestigious Top 40 Female Groups of All Time (all genres).

Biography provided by artist management.


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SPECIAL THANKS TO
Dan and Gayle D’Aniello,
Wolf Trap 2022 Season Underwriters