Shawn Stockman of Boyz II Men Shares His Cherished Sound of Philadelphia [Interview]
The Grammy Award winning crooner, Shawn Stockman, of Boyz II Men, sits down with @Okayplayer to talk his beloved Philadelphia sound.
Philadelphia has long been a hotbed for black music. Sister Rosetta Tharpe, the mother of rock ’n roll lived and died there. For three decades beginning in 1950, artists used Philadelphia’s Uptown Theater to sharpen their skills, based on the ratio of applause and boos. In the late ‘90s, Black Lily was the breeding ground for artists like Floetry, Jazmine Sullivan and pioneered the modern soul movement.
Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff created their own genre called “The Philadelphia Sound” that has since gone on to nab its own section in the National Museum of African American History and Culture. This year, the city honored some of it golden children. Jill Scott and Patti LaBelle were inducted into the Philadelphia Music Hall of Fame, while Boyz II Men were awarded a street in their name just a few feet from the high school where they met.
We had the opportunity to chat with Boyz II Men’s Shawn Stockman about his own memories of the Sound of Philadelphia and play a pretty fun rapid fire game with our hometown’s best artists.