Who is Shawn Stockman?
Shawn is an American singer, songwriter and record producer, probably best known to the world as a member of the vocal harmony group Boyz II Men since 1988, and has worked on every studio album they’ve released, including the debut “Cooleyhighharmony”.
Shawn Stockman Wiki: Age, Childhood, and Education
Shawn Patrick Stockman was born on 26 September 1972, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA, the son of JoAnn Stockman and Thurman Sanders, and one of nine children. He grew up in Southwest Philadelphia, and began showing an interest in music from an early age.
He was a school choir member before he even turned eight, and at nine years old he joined the Philadelphia Boys Choir with whom he toured on several occasions, and his overall interest in music and performing arts increased.
After elementary school, Shawn received positive feedback from his parents to study music, and eventually enrolled at Philadelphia’s Creative and Performing Arts High School. He finished school with a vocal major, and while in high school, he joined Unique Attraction, a vocal group consisting of members who would later start the group that launched Shawn to stardom.
Shawn performed in the school’s band too, and when Nathan Morris, Marc Nelson and Wanya Morris noticed his incredible solo part, they recruited him to their vocal group; Michael McCary was soon added as a bass singer.
Ultimately, they renamed the group to Boyz II Men after a song by the American R&B group New Edition.
They sneaked into a concert at the Philadelphia Civic Center, where they stumbled upon Michael Bivins, the New Edition member. Shawn and the rest of the gang impressed Bivins and the rest of the members and celebrities who happened to be in attendance, as they performed New Edition’s “Can You Stand the Rain”.
They stayed in contact with Bivins, who helped them get things going. However, personal conflicts within the group delayed the release of their debut material; moreover, their disagreements resulted in Marc Nelson leaving the group.
The group’s debut album “Cooleyhighharmony” came out in 1991, produced by Michael Bivins. They won critics to their side with their hip hop doo-wop style, and the album eventually earned nine times platinum certification, spawning such hits as “Motownphilly”, “It’s So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday”, and “Please Don’t Go”, among others.
Moreover, the album won the Grammy Award for Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals.
The group toured the US in 1992, then for a brief time, returned to the studio to record the song “End of the Road”, co-written and produced by Kenneth ‘Babyface’ Edmonds. The song was used as the soundtrack for Eddie Murphy’s film “Boomerang”, and became one of the group’s biggest hits, topping the Billboard Hot 100 chart, and launching the group to stardom, as it turned them into a mainstream group.
Boyz II Men released their second album “II” in 1994 to critical acclaim, as it became one of the best-selling albums ever released by an R&B group, with 12 million copies sold in the US alone. Furthermore, the album became their first album to top the US Billboard 200 chart.
The follow-up “Evolution” came out three years later; though it also landed on the No. 1 spot on Billboard 200 chart, the members conflicted and had several internal problems. One of them was McCary’s multiple sclerosis diagnosis and the second was Wanya Morris’s polyp on his vocal cords.
The album failed to impact to the same level its predecessors did, though it still achieved multiple platinum status, with three million copies sold.
They faced yet another problem when Universal Music Group bought Motown, and Boyz II Men left without a recording deal.
Since then, the group has continued to make new music, but has moved between a lot of record labels, which heavily affected their success. The group remained an important act in the early 2000s, with albums “Nathan Michael Shawn Wanya” (2000) and “Full Circle” (2002), which entered the top 10 on Billboard 200 chart.
However, with each new album, the group steadily declined in popularity. Such albums as “The Remedy” (2006), “Love” (2009), and “Collide” (2014) failed to make an impact on the music scene.
In 2017, the group’s most recent album, “Under the Streetlight” was released through Tango and MasterWorks.
In addition to his illustrious career with Boyz II Men, Shawn has released music as a solo performer. He started his own record label, Soul Chemistry Projects, and released two studio albums for the label – “Shawn” in 2018, and “Forward” in 2020.
He’s collaborated with several artists, including Black Men United, and has contributed to the soundtrack for such films as “Jason Lyric” (1994), “Mr. Holland’s Opus” (1996), and “Seventeen Again” (2000).
To speak further of his accomplishments, Shawn contributed vocals on the title track of the Foo Fighters album “Concrete and Gold” (2017), and has recorded a cover version of Beyonce’s hit song “If I Were a Boy”.
As of mid- 2022, Shawn Stockman’s net worth has been estimated to be around $60 million, earned through his successful career as a singer.
Happy 49th Birthday To Shawn Stockman
Personal Life, Dating, Married, Wife, Children, Autism
Shawn rarely speaks about his endeavors when it comes to his personal life. However, it’s known that he’s been married to Sharonda Jones since 2001. The couple has three children, including a son named Micah, who was diagnosed with autism when he was two years old.
Shawn has launched the philanthropic organization Micah’s Voice, in 2012, intending to help children diagnosed with autism, and their families.
Appearance and Vital Statistics
The prominent musician has short black hair and brown eyes. He stands at the height of 5ft 9ins (1.75m), while he weighs approximately 174lbs (79kgs). His vital statistics are unknown, though he has an average figure.