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Boyz II Men's Shawn Stockman finds 'liberation' with solo outing #Celebrity #360WiseMedia [Video]

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July 27 (UPI) — Boyz II Men singer Shawn Stockman, whose first solo single “Feelin Lil Som’n” releases Friday, says he’s excited to show fans “which Voltron lion I am.”

Stockman, 45, said he hopes “Feelin Lil Som’n” — a track he describes as “a head bobber while drinking a nice full-bodied Bordeaux” — will whet the public’s appetite for his first solo record, which comes after more than 25 years of performing with Boyz II Men.

“I’m a gut person, sometimes to a fault, but I go with my gut for a lot of my decisions and choices,” Stockman told UPI in an interview, “and this just felt like the right time to do this.”

The singer is best known as part of the quartet-turned-trio — Michael McCary left the group for health-related reasons in 2003. But he has briefly stepped out on his own before, most notably while recording music for films including 1995’s Mr. Holland’s Opus and the 2002 Showtime original picture Seventeen Again, which he co-produced with his wife.

Stockman described recording his own music as “a different type of liberation” than working with his usual collaborators.

“I think any artist will tell you that writing music, the process of creating, is like when artists paint,” he said. “Or when someone writes a book — it’s a level of escapism and it gives some personal type of therapy for you to just be able to get out what you can get out in the best way, which is creating the music.”

The recording artist said the contrast between working with Boyz II Men and recording “Feelin Lil Som’n” is not unlike the 1980s animated series Voltron, which features mechanical lions that fight on their own but also combine to create a larger fighting robot.

Voltron had five different lions, who did five different things,” he said. “The great thing and the exciting thing about doing this project is that people will now be able to really understand which Voltron lion I am.”

Stockman said he considers himself to be the Red Lion — the right arm of the completed Voltron robot.

“I’m the red lion out of Voltron, or the red Power Ranger. I don’t know too much about Power Rangers, is the red Power Ranger cool?” he laughed.

Stockman recently had occasion to try out a new kind of team-up when he provided guest vocals for the title track on the Foo Fighters’ 2017 album, Concrete Gold, a collaboration that stemmed from a chance encounter with Dave Grohl at the recording studio.

“We started catching up. He was like, ‘Yo dude, I’m doing a record right now, you wanna help me? You wanna do some vocals on it?’ I said ‘Sure!’ It’s really that easy.”

Stockman said he was pleased to appear on the “hardest” track of the album, which appealed to his lifelong love of hard rock.

“In high school, I was probably one of the only black kids that listened to Metallica and Megadeath and Motorhead. You know what I’m saying? I was that kid that not only listened to the O’Jays, but I could sing word-for-word Master of Puppets,” he said.

The R&B singer said helping to create a hard rock sound turned out to be “right up my alley.”

“Matter of fact, I was saying to myself, ‘What took me so long to get to that?'” he said.

Stockman said his love of rock is a big part of his songwriting process.

“This album, I’m not gonna say it has rock in it — maybe that’ll be the next record — but that’s always been an influence in the back of my head. From the songwriting, to the melody, to all of that stuff. That’s always been a part of who I am — as the Red Lion,” he said.

He said a variety of other modern artists have provided inspiration for his creativity.

“I love the usual suspects, the Drakes of the world, and people like that, I thought his last album was good, the Pusha T’s and all those other guys — hate to put those two names together in the same sentence, but you get what I’m saying,” he said with a laugh, referring to the much publicized feud between the two artists.

Stockman said he’s also developed an appreciation for up-and-coming acts such as Georgia Smith, Victory, Natalia Lafourcade and Alfa Mist.

“I have a few favorites, though: Daniel Caesar and H.E.R., Charlie Puth, Alina Baraz, Sabrina Claudio — I have a lot of people I listen to. You’d probably be shocked if you saw my library, it’s a bunch of stuff,” he said.

Stockman was exposed to a variety of new artists during his time as a judge on all five seasons of NBC’s a cappella singing competition show, The Sing Off.

“A cappella is something I’ve had a long affinity for, and it’s something that, obviously, my guys are known for as well,” he said, referring to Boyz II Men. “So to be able to do it, and to sit for hours and talk about a cappella music all day, like, that was the best job ever.”

He said the show helped widen his own creative horizons.

“I had fun,” he said. “Ben [Folds] is still a good friend of mine, I love that guy, and it just opened my world up again, these experiences have only been an advantage to me, ’cause it’s always just made my world a lot wider and a lot larger.”

Stockman credited the show with helping to build a mainstream audience for a cappella music, leading to the success of other properties such as the Pitch Perfect movie franchise.

“I think our show kinda helped bring life to the world of a cappella, which has always been kind of a cult thing. There’s a lot of a cappella groups out there, they’ve always existed, but I think that the show really helped with its exposure, and I was very proud to be a part of that,” he said.

Stockman said he plans to continue touring and recording with Boyz II Men, but he is also hoping to be able to take his solo music on the road, provided there is enough demand from fans.

“I live in the real world. So all I can do is my best, have fun doing it — I’m definitely going to do that, I’m gonna enjoy this, I’m gonna enjoy the moments I do have on stage, and I think that people are going to enjoy it too, once they see it. And after that, it’s in God’s hands, I just hope for the best.”

50 Cent Has Had a Change of Heart About Vivica Fox's New Book That Talks About Their Sex Life [Video]

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Vivica Fox admitted in a new interview with “Build” that 50 Cent is “still the love of her life.” The actress, producer now author, shared the details while promoting her new book “Everyday I’m Hustling.”

She continued, ” In my heart I always still loved him. I will always have a special place in my heart for him.” Fox said she wrote the book to talk about her life and address a lot of the misconceptions about her public relationship with 50 after last years dust-up between the former lovers.

Fox claimed she didn’t start the book to expose 50 or to start a war with the rapper.  “I didn’t write the lesson to start a feud with him, we have peace.” “Now I’m at a place in my career, I can have a professional relationship with him, there’s no beef.”

50 Cent initially had a few choice words for the “Set if Off” actress, but has since had a change of heart.  “l don’t care no more it’s cool, but l was mad as a motherfvcker. She could a told me before it came out. #power#theoath.”

Along with her new book, Vivica Fox has a new talk show called “Face the Truth” on CBS . The show is scheduled to air Fall 2018.

6 Inventive Ways Businesses from Facebook to McDonald's Are Helping You Celebrate Valentines [Video]

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Whether you’re in love with love, think that Valentine’s Day is a craven cash grab designed to make single people feel miserable or something in between, it does lend itself to some fun, with many businesses getting into the spirit of the holiday.

So break out the chocolate and check out what companies are doing in the hopes that customers will be their valentine.

 

TODAY IN HISTORY FOR JANUARY 31ST US Launches First Satellite Into Orbit and More

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Highlights of Today in History: US launches first satellite into orbit; Libyan intelligence officer convicted of Pan Am 103 bombing; US Soldier executed for desertion during World War II; Norman Mailer born; Franz Schubert born.

January 31, 1958:

America enters the Space Age, successfully launching its first satellite into orbit: Explorer One.

It happens just months after the Soviet Union launches Sputnik — the very first satellite into orbit.

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TODAY IN HISTORY FOR JANUARY 24TH Ted Bundy – Thurgood Marshall And More

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Highlights of Today in History: James Marshall finds a gold nugget;Winston Churchill dies;Ted Bundy is executed;Thurgood Marshall dies;John Belushi born.

In northern California, James Marshall finds a gold nugget at Sutter’s Mill — a discovery that sparks the Gold Rush the following year.

1965:

In London, former British prime minister Winston Churchill — who led his nation through the dark days of World War II — dies at age 90.

1989:

Confessed serial killer Ted Bundy is executed in Florida’s electric chair for the rape and murder of a 12-year-old girl.

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Let your tears water the seeds of your future happiness

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“The stars are brilliant at this time of night
and I wander these streets like a ritual I don’t dare to break
for darling, the times are quite glorious.

I left him by the water’s edge,
still waving long after the ship was gone
and if someone would have screamed my name I wouldn’t have heard for I’ve said goodbye so many times in my short life that farewells are a muscular task and I’ve taught them well.
There’s a place by the side of the railway near the lake where I grew up and I used to go there to burry things and start anew.
I used to go there to say goodbye.
I was young and did not know many people but I had hidden things inside that I never dared to show and in silence I tried to kill them,
one way or the other,
leaving sin on my body
scrubbing tears off with salt
and I built my rituals in farewells.
Endings I still cling to.

So I go to the ocean to say goodbye.

He left that morning, the last words still echoing in my head
and though he said he’d come back one day I know a broken promise from a right one
for I have used them myself and there is no coming back.
Minds like ours are can’t be tamed and the price for freedom is the price we pay.

I turned away from the ocean
as not to fall for its plea
for it used to seduce and consume me
and there was this one night
a few years back and I was not yet accustomed to farewells
and just like now I stood waving long after the ship was gone.
But I was younger then and easily fooled
and the ocean was deep and dark and blue
and I took my shoes off to let the water freeze my bones.
I waded until I could no longer walk and it was too cold to swim but still I kept on walking at the bottom of the sea for I could not tell the difference between the ocean and the lack of someone I loved and I had not yet learned how the task of moving on is as necessary as survival.

Then days passed by and I spent them with my work
and now I’m writing letters I will never dare to send.
But there is this one day every year or so
when the burden gets too heavy
and I collect my belongings I no longer need
and make my way to the ocean to burn and drown and start anew
and it is quite wonderful, setting fire to my chains and flames on written words
and I stand there, starring deep into the heat until they’re all gone.
Nothing left to hold me back.

You kissed me that morning as if you’d never done it before and never would again and now I write another letter that I will never dare to send, collecting memories of loss
like chains wrapped around my veins,
and if you see a fire from the shore tonight
it’s my chains going up in flames.

The time of moon i quite glorious.
We could have been so glorious.”
Charlotte Eriksson

 

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