Boyz II Men vocalist Nathan Moore believes R&B is coming back. If so, that figures to add to Boyz II Men's formidable statistics.
The veteran Philadelphia vocal act, which formed in high school 20 years ago, is the best selling R&B group of all-time. The four-time Grammy winners have sold more than 60 million copies of its albums.
Three of their chart-topping hits, "End of the Road," "I'll Make Love to You" and "One Sweet Day," set records for longest run at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 charts.
But Boyz II Men vocalist Nathan Moore sees more success for his group and genre. "I think R&B is making a return," Moore said. "The market is saturated by hip-hop. Having R&B back gives us some balance."
And more hit records. However, Moore is realistic when asked if the group could repeat its early, unprecedented success. "I don't think that's possible just because where we're at today," Moore said. "Our society has changed. It's all about what's next. People want what's new now more than ever. So if you have a song at the top of the chart for more than one week, you're very fortunate."
The aforementioned world of hip-hop didn't help Boyz II Men. Rappers' bad boy behavior has been the antithesis of Boyz II Men's squeaky-clean image.
"That kind of behavior (thuggish) sells," Moore said. "Rap started to overshadow R&B but we kept at it. We continued to perform all around the world. We made money and put on some great shows. We continued to make records and just did the best we could with everything. Everybody has their time. We had our time."
"There's no regrets," Moore said. "We look back happily. Not many people had the kind of success we had (during their prime). The great thing is that we never gave it up. We're still doing it."
Boyz II Men will belt out songs Sunday at Six Flags Great Adventure's Northern Star Arena. The act has grown up before their fan's eyes, adding resonance to the group's moniker.
The group has been reduced to a trio, which includes Moore's brother Wanya and Shawn Stockman, since Michael McCary left the group due to back problems in 2003.
"We marched on," Moore said. "This is what we do. We were all born to sing and I don't see us stopping any time soon."