by J. Townsend
(Mays Landing, NJ, USA)
120 - The 120 Biography. Many people consider rhythm and blues music a pastime that is far behind this current generation. That was until Southern New Jersey's favorite sons Niko, Tarius and Babyboy came together to form 120. They bring R&B music back in style with twists containing spins on the "typical topics" of love, life, and pursuing your dreams for the masses and generations to come. Considered the ultimate compliment to one another, the musical veterans are said to accolade one another like the Yin and Yang known well throughout the Eastern world with the great combination of their individual, yet amazingly smooth styles and talents. Chris "Niko" Morton, born in Atlantic City, NJ. Took to music almost instantly, by the time he was five, Niko had fallen into a deep love affair with music, By the time Niko reached middle school age, it was apparent to his parents and him that all musical genres had taken deep root in his heart, and wanted his soul to marry into the dream of him entertaining millions. Although he has a commanding stage presence that forces audiences in general to take notice, it is the honesty and fearlessness of his lyrics that truly leaves followers blaring for more. "One of my hopes as an artist (and for the group as a whole) is to be at the forefront of the revolution in today's music.
Not only a lyricist, Niko is also responsible for writing and producing his personal lyrics and some of the group's lyrics as well. When asked what it is that he would most like 120 to be known for, he stated "We want people to know that we are trying to place a different spin on R&B music...our motto is 'have a good time' and we really hope that audiences feel that through our music.
Ron "Tarius" Mahoney, born in Philadelphia, PA. This singer, writer, producer became seasoned after being in several groups that unfortunately were unable to work out. Far from the average R&B performer and ballad maker, Tarius's smooth, romantic tenor voice has been compared to Satins and Silks. Tarius is known in 120 greatly for creating feel good summertime anthems, which still contain smooth, yet meaningful messages, while maintaining the grown, sexy, and passionate lyrics that true R&B lovers crave.
Lorence "Baby Boy" Green, born in Camden, NJ, feels very strongly about his hometown and not forgetting where you come from. Baby boy has performed along with legendary artists such as The Blue Notes, The Intruders, After 7, Erika Badu, Floetry, and the Delphonics. After both trying to make their dreams a reality individually as well as in other unsuccessful groups, through the suggestions of several mutual friends, for almost ten years these three friends have been rocking stages all across the Tri-State area together, which has led to numerous successful placements in local competitions.
Many have asked the age old question, where does the name 120 come from? However few realize that the response is actually right in front of them. Everyone gives 100 percent of themselves to a dream, while this dynamic trio is giving 120 percent of themselves to making dreams become realities, and aptly named 120.
Contact J. Townsend at 609-553-8391 for bookings. We will travel any where in the Tri-State Area.
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