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Alex Boye

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Alex Boyé is a passionate artist with a golden voice. Alex was born and raised in London, England, to Nigerian parents. As a child, he lived briefly in Nigeria with his father. When he was eleven, his mother left him in England when she went to Nigeria for a visit, but she ended up staying for eight years, leaving him to take care of himself. He also lived in foster care and with a relative.

A meeting with Craig Jessop at an LDS music festival and other life-changing events led him to convert to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints when he was sixteen. He served a full-time mission to Bristol, England. The first time he sang in public was while on his mission. After his mission, he formed a boy band called Awesome and tasted fame while working with singers such as Bryan Adams, MC Hammer, George Michael, Mary J. Blige, 'NSYNC, and Backstreet Boys. Boye made the decision to back away from the rock lifestyle and the mores of the industry.

Boye pursued a solo career in 1999 and moved to Utah to pursue a career in Christian music. He released his first religious album The Love Goes On in 2001. Jessop invited Boye to audition for the Mormon Tabernacle Choir in 2006 and he became one of three black members of the famed choir. He has soloed with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and is in demand as a youth speaker. For youth, he presents what he calls "concert-sides." (Evening gatherings for youth are usually called "Firesides," whether there's a fire or not, and usually include a special speaker discussing a spiritual subject.) Boye's presentations are evenings of heart-to-heart conversations about life and gospel principles, entwined with video clips, vocal performance, and sometimes, dance. Boye minces no words. He comes from a background where choice was everything. He identifies Satan's influence in music and media. He also impresses youth with his story of leaving fame and fortune to follow Christ.

During the celebration of Black History month in February of 2009, Alex rendered four beautiful solos, original Negro spirituals to a stirred audience—during the Mormon Tabernacle Choir’s broadcast of “Music & the Spoken Word," under the direction of Mack Wilberg and choir president Mac Christensen.

Boye appeared in a theatre production Civil War, as a last-minute replacement. He also appeared in David and Goliath for Lightstone Films. Boye had a role in the 2014 film Saints and Soldiers:The Void. In 2010, Boye performed the single "Born to Be a Scout" at the National Scout Jamboree at Fort A.P. Hill, Virginia. This song comes directly from the movie he wrote it for, Scout Camp.

Boye contributed to the November 2014 The Nashville Tribute Band album Redeemer: A Nashville Tribute to Jesus Christ. He was invited to participate in the December 2014 video created along with the effort to claim the Guinness Book of World Records’ title for largest live Nativity, which was achieved with over one thousand participants. He portrayed one of the wise men. Along with the live Nativity, The Piano Guys, David Archuleta, Peter Hollens, and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir performed “Angels from the Realms of Glory.” The final video premiered on The Piano Guys’ YouTube channel and attracted over seven million views.

He was named YouTube Cover Artist of the Year in 2014 after his video interpretation of "Let It Go" from the Disney film Frozen went viral, eventually accumulating over 60 million views. He performed at the RootsTech 2015 Convention in Salt Lake City. Also in 2015, he performed with The Piano Guys at Carnegie Hall in March and in July, he will perform there with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir as part of the choir's Atlantic Coast Tour. He toured with the choir from June 24–July 7. In May 2015, Boye received the Utah Governor’s Mansion Artist Award in performing arts. He also fulfilled a childhood dream when he debuted at the Royal Albert Hall in London, opening for Olivia Newton John.

On June 23, 2015, Boye and his band, Changing Lanes Experience, appeared on America’s Got Talent. At the end of their performance, Boye jumped off the stage into splits, which caused an injury that sent him to the hospital and caused him to be wheelchair bound for a couple of days due to swelling. Boye and his band received four yes votes and moved on to the next round.

Boye and his wife, Julie, are the parents of four children and live in Utah.


Discography

  • Africanized
  • Happy Daze
  • My Christmas Wish
  • Calling America
  • Be Still, My Soul: Classic Hymns and Folk Songs
  • I Am Gold
  • Spirit
  • Testimony; No Limits
  • Scout Camp
  • The Love Goes On


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