*Alex Boye – How the Book of Mormon Saved My Life
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With over 1 billion views on his YouTube channel, Boyé’s diverse blend of African-infused pop music and vibrant dynamic visuals have captured a loyal legion of online followers turning him into a viral sensation! https://alexboye.com/
Alex Boyé (born August 16, 1970) is a British-American singer and actor. He was named the “2017 Rising Artist of the Year” in a contest sponsored by Pepsi and Hard Rock Cafe.
Boyé was born in London, England, on 16 August 1970 to Nigerian parents. While pregnant, Boyé’s mother went to London while his father remained in Nigeria. By his own account, Boyé never knew his father. His mother remarried and worked for London Underground, cleaning tracks at night. One day his mother said she was going to Nigeria for a couple of weeks for a visit and did not come back for eight years.
Boyé was raised in the Tottenham neighborhood that has been described as “tough”. He spent much of his youth in foster homes with Caucasian parents.
As a teenager, he listened to and was influenced by Motown artists, including Stevie Wonder, Kool and the Gang, James Brown, Marvin Gaye, Nat King Cole, Jackie Wilson and Otis Redding. At the age of 16, Boyé was working in a McDonald’s in London when he was introduced to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints by a manager. He was baptized soon afterward. Boyé first performed in public while serving as a missionary for the Church in Bristol, England.
After completing his mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Boyé became a backup dancer, including for George Michael. In 1995, he formed and became the lead singer of Awesome, a European boy band.
Alex performed at local dances and other small venues until 1996 when they won a vocal competition on Capital Radio, London’s largest radio station. Subsequently, Universal Records of Europe signed Awesome to a five-album recording contract. Awesome released three singles off their first album, Rumors, which made top-10 charts all across Europe.
The band sold 500,000 albums and performed alongside artists that included Bryan Adams, George Michael, Simon and Garfunkel, MC Hammer, and many others. But Boyé disliked the lifestyle of a touring musician. “I had this dream of being a musician, but it was taking me down a road that led somewhere I didn’t want to go,”
Boyé was featured in a video by The Piano Guys, released in January 2012 as “Peponi”, a cover of Coldplay’s “Paradise” on YouTube. In early 2013 he did a cover of the Lumineers’ “Ho Hey” that also generated a large number of YouTube hits.
In March 2013, Boyé opened for a
In early 2014, he, along with the One Voice Children’s Choir, created an Africanized tribal version of the popular song “Let It Go” from the movie Frozen. The video went viral, propelling Boyé’s combined YouTube views to over 100 million. It was selected as YouTube’s best pop cover of 2014. He also released his Lemonade video on YouTube with more than 1.7 million views.
Boyé appeared in a duet with Marie Osmond on her album Music Is Medicine that was released on 15 April 2016.
Boyé met his wife, Julie, in an LDS singles ward and they were married in the Salt Lake Temple on 6 January 2007. As of September 2019, they are the parents of seven children with another one due in January 2021. A video showing Boyé is part of the “I’m A Mormon” campaign launched by the LDS Church in Britain in the spring of 2013.
On 22 February 2012, Boyé became a United States citizen in a ceremony at the Rose Wagner Theater in Salt Lake City. He was surprised when he was invited by the judge conducting the ceremony to sing “The Star-Spangled Banner”.
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