After 20 years in Boyz II Men, Nate Morris still prefers a hometown crowd. "Philly's always great. When you're from here, you're from here. Philly supports Philly," Morris said, still happy about the warm reception the group got as surprise guests during the Wawa Welcome America! concert July 4 on the Parkway.
Morris was glad that The Roots, who curated the Welcome America weekend, had asked them to play.
Morris and the other members of Boyz II Men attended the Philadelphia High School for Creative and Performing Arts, as did the founding members of The Roots. He and Roots drummer Ahmir "?uestlove" Thompson had the same homeroom at CAPA and knew frontman Tariq Trotter.
On Saturday, Morris, Wanya Morris and Shawn Stockman will play Temple's Liacouras Center along with a 34-piece orchestra. It's billed as a 20th-anniversary celebration, and will be held about a month before the release of "Twenty," which will feature 10 new songs and 10 greatest hits.
"The type of music we do has been dormant for years," Morris said. He believes that old fans and new listeners will enjoy the R&B material full of the group's classic harmonies. We asked Morris whether the guys had asked Michael McCary, who left the group in 2003 due to a medical problem, to sing on the new album. "We reached out to have Michael involved. Mike had some outrageous demands," he said.
The group's new single "More Than You'll Ever Know" is on iTunes now, and it has also just launched an iPhone and Android app. A percentage of ticket proceeds will be donated to the Boyz II Men House charity.
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