Boyz II Men, called the "best-selling vocal group in the world" by the New York Times, is captured in full-color in the authorized photographic biography, Boyz II Men: Us II You. Containing more than 100 never-before-seen photographs of the band, the color shots are accompanied by text written by the group members themselves. They reveal their thoughts on fame, their hopes for the future, their love of God, their strong family ties and much more. From July through September 1995, photographer Nick Kelsh was allowed exclusive access of the behind-the-scenes life of the group. He photographed many quiet moments with the band members, including time with their families at home in Philadelphia. Events such as a charity basketball game in Boston, a hometown concert at JFK Stadium and a crowded tour bus are also illustrated. In 1992 the four young men, Nathan Morris, Michael McClary, Shawn Stockman and Wanya Morris formed Boyz II Men. Eventually they made it to Hollywood with hopes of landing a record contract. To their surprise, not only did they sign a contract, but one year later they recorded their first album, Cooley High Harmony. Their second album, Boyz II Men II, was recorded in '94. In three short years, the pop quartet became international superstars. Along the way they were awarded three Grammys, three American Music Awards, five Soul Train Awards, two NAACP Image Awards, two MTV Awards and the World Music Award. They have also been invited to dinner on four different occasions with President Clinton and the first family in Washington. The popularity of the band continues to set records. They sell out hundreds of their concerts and are only the third group in music history, behind Elvis and the Beatles, to have two songs consecutively occupy Billboard's No. 1 spot. In two short years, their record sales have topped $15 million, earning them 15 platinum records and contributing to their No. 31 ranking in Forbes' "1995 Top 40 Highest Paid Entertainers." Their total earnings over the last two years reached $31,000,000.
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