(The others were The Beatles and Elvis Presley.). According to no less an authority than the RIAA, Boyz II Men are the most commercially successful R&B group of all time. , the album that carried “The Color of Love,” didn’t do any better in stores than. Sadly, Michael was forced to quit the group in the early aughts due to chronic back pain brought on by multiple sclerosis, a disease that attacks the brain and spinal cord. Motown included Marvin Gaye, Smokey Robinson, The Temptations, and Boyz II Men even contributed an a cappella version of their hit from more than two decades earlier, “End of the Road.”. Read Full Biography. Michael Sean McCary (born December 16, 1971) is an American singer, known for being a former bass singer of the R&B group Boyz II Men (in which he was sometimes known as Mike Bass).. If you haven’t been paying attention to the R&B group Boyz II Men since the release of their hit single "I’ll Make Love to You" in 1994, you may be surprised to learn that the Grammy-winning quartet is now performing as a trio.. . Their early music was indebted to new jack swing, but the group quickly found their forté in lush, soulful ballads, where their harmonies could be showcased to greatest effect. McCary plays in the film Mannsfield 12, in which he takes on the role of Herold. This led to Arista suspending their contract with the rest of the group, and the three remaining members took a collective hiatus from the music industry. Unfortunately, nearly a decade of working closely together was beginning to wear relationships thin, and medical issues caused a brief postponement of the tour. R&B vocal quartet, inspired by Motown and Philly, whose aching, tremulous harmonies lifted some of the biggest pop hits of the 1990s. The group redefined popular R&B and continues to create timeless hits that appeal to fans across all generations. The music video presented Boyz II Men as a hip-hop group, or at least, made use of that aesthetic. , released in 2000, also attempted to modernize the group’s sound. . Boyz II Men was started in 1985, but was originally known as Unique Attraction. Notably, the album was released in Japan before it was released in America. Boyz II Men objected to the collection, feeling as though Motown didn’t try to represent the group’s best tracks with the album. Now living in North Carolina, Morgan spends his time advocating for minority groups in impoverished regions, and writing about related topics. The group’s 4 Grammy Awards are just the tip of the iceberg: throughout their 25-year career, Boyz II Men have also won a whopping 9 American Music Awards, 9 Soul Train Awards, 3 Billboard Awards, and a 2011 MOBO Award for Outstanding Contribution to Music, a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, as well and a Casino Entertainment Award for their acclaimed residency at the Mirage Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, which has been ongoing since 2013. Cameron’s cover for the 1975 film. In addition to Babyface, Tim Kelley and Bob Robinson produced five tracks, and Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis produced another two. Managed by Michael Bivens of New Edition, Boyz II Men released their debut album, CooleyhigHarmony, in 1991. The group toured through the summer of 2013 with New Kids on the Block and 98 Degrees, but since that fall, they’ve been performing regualrly at the Mirage Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. To further celebrate their twentieth anniversary, they released Twenty. The album had 13 original tracks and eight re-recorded classics. There were several successful singles released from II, including “I’ll Make Love to You”, “On Bended Knee”, and “Water Runs Dry.” When “I’ll Make Love to You” hit #1, it stayed there for fourteen weeks, making Boyz II Men the first group to have consecutive songs at the #1 for more than ten weeks each. Unfortunately, nearly a decade of working closely together was beginning to wear relationships thin, and medical issues caused a brief postponement of the tour. was released in 1991. Bivins offered them a deal right there, but Nelson would not stick around to be part of it; personality conflicts led to his departure soon after (he later resurfaced as a member of Az Yet). Boyz II Men remains one of the most truly iconic R&B groups in music history. The song’s popularity help propel Boyz II Men from rising R&B musicians to mainstream celebrities. Twenty debuted at #20 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums Chart, #4 on the Billboard R&B album chart, #10 on the Billboard Digital Album Chart, and placed #1 on the iTunes R&B Soul Album chart.