Boyz II Men go back to their high school Wanya Morris of Boyz II Men, performs at his alma mater, Creative and Performing Arts High School in Philadelphia (AP photos)
Boyz II Men go back to their high school
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Members of the Grammy-winning group Boyz II Men recently gave a concert at their old stomping grounds. It's the performing arts high school they attended and remember being just like the TV show "Fame."

"You had girls, you know, walking around in their leotards ..." said Shawn Stockman.

"Dudes sitting on the stairs drawing ..." added Wanya Morris.

"It was a school you never wanted to be absent. You never wanted to be late," said Nathan Morris.

The R&B group met more than two decades ago at the Philadelphia High School for the Creative & Performing Arts. On Tuesday, they held a private show for about 300 students and Sirius XM subscribers. SiriusXM plans to broadcast the show on Tuesday, Oct. 21. That's the day the band's album "Collide" comes out.

The trio performed in an auditorium with dozens of students on stage. The students cheered and clapped. The opening song was the band's megabit from the '90's, "Motownphilly." The crooners are also known for "I'll Make Love to You" and "End of the Road."

Before the concert, the band caught up with mentor LaDeva M. Davis. She still teaches dance at the school.

He credited Davis with playing a key role in the band's development. Davis did everything from producing their showcases to making sure they got to class on time.

"Aw, thank you," Davis said. "You all were precious. You were very well behaved."

"We tried," said Wanya Morris, breaking into laughter. "I tried."

Stockman now lives in Los Angeles. Nathan Morris resides in Philadelphia and Wanya Morris, who is not related, lives nearby in New Jersey.

They also spoke about other noteworthy classmates, Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson and Tariq "Black Thought" Trotter, who formed the band The Roots.

"There were so many talented people in there, we always say that any other four guys could have been Boyz II Men," Nathan Morris said. "We just happened to be the ones to get out."

The band has recently been performing in Las Vegas. Stockman has also served as a judge on NBC's "The Sing-Off.

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COMMENTS (4)
  • galvinc-
    10/20/2014 - 01:17 p.m.

    I think it's very exciting to hear them perform at their old school. Boyz to men is a boys group that has performed for a long time . And I want them to come and perform a concert for my school .

  • Ashley0207-yyca
    10/22/2014 - 09:25 p.m.

    I didn't like this article too much because it is all about three men going back to their high school. Are the Boyz II Men singers,dancers, or any body art people? I think the Boyz II Men are singers and dancers because if said in the article they sing and dance. I think this article was very weird to me because when the three men were in high school they learned about dancing and singing. I agree that if some people are men they can get memories of their high school and visit the high school. I learned that three men went back to their high school when they went there as teenagers. I am amazed because the three men in the article went back to their school when they were men.

  • LylaH-1
    2/13/2015 - 12:09 a.m.

    Some of the member of the popular old singing grip, known as Boyz ii Men, went back to their old high school to perform there. The R&B group met more than two decades ago at the Philadelphia High School for the Creative & Performing Arts. It was not a normal school. "You had girls, you know, walking around in their leotards ..." said Shawn Stockman. The group performed in an auditorium with many students on stage. The students cheered and clapped. The opening song was the band's megabit from the '90's, "Motownphilly." The crooners are also known for "I'll Make Love to You" and "End of the Road." Many students from the school loved the show and were very happy they performed. i think it's really cool that the band trio would do something that nice in memo ration of their school.

  • LylaH-1
    2/13/2015 - 12:10 a.m.

    Some of the member of the popular old singing grip, known as Boyz ii Men, went back to their old high school to perform there. The R&B group met more than two decades ago at the Philadelphia High School for the Creative & Performing Arts. It was not a normal school. "You had girls, you know, walking around in their leotards ..." said Shawn Stockman. The group performed in an auditorium with many students on stage. The students cheered and clapped. The opening song was the band's megabit from the '90's, "Motownphilly." The crooners are also known for "I'll Make Love to You" and "End of the Road." Many students from the school loved the show and were very happy they performed. i think it's really cool that the band trio would do something that nice in memo ration of their school.

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