IAA SPOTLIGHT: GET TO KNOW – ALEX BOYE – UTAH’S HOTTEST STAR!

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alex-cecil-3Alex Boye is known as the charismatic energetically charged singing sensation who’s creative and innovative music videos have garnered him 360 million views on Youtube to date. Alex labels his style of music as “Pop music with an African twist”.

Americas Got Talent Alumni, Alex Boye’, son of Nigeria, West Africa is a unifier and a bridge builder, His unique creativity energy, his boundless positivity and his love of humanity is intoxicating. His music is heartfelt and timely.

Alex was raised by his Nigerian mother in London, who kept encouraging him to include his African roots in his music. “Stay true to you”, she would say. It took 20 years for Alex to implement his mothers plea, and when he did, he started to find success, which leads to Alex’s now famous mantra “Listen to your momma”

Recently, Alex had a chance to shine again to rave reviews for his unforgettable 1st audition on NBC’s Americas Got talent where Howie Mandel quoted “In my 6 years of judging this show, Alex is the best music artist I have seen on this show!”

Alex is versatile and has a unique style that appeals to all ages, which is pretty rare these days. Last year Alex performed at Carnegie Hall 4 times and received standing ovations every time.

Alex has shared the stage with many notable artists including, Jay-Z, Tim McGraw, George Michael, Missy Elliott, Justin Timberlake, The Beachboys, and Olivia Newton John to name a few

As a YouTube artist, Alex’s unique and creative videos have been featured on Good Morning America, Jimmy Kimmel, Billboard.com, Time.com, Worldstar Hip Hop, Queen Latifah, Disney.com, Perez Hilton, and Huffington Post.

Alex Boye has developed his own brand of R&B with unique and understated vocal deliveries and production inspired by his African roots. His appeal is broad enough to appease the tastes of pop and R&B fans alike. He offers raw emotion and strong vocal dexterity worthy of your attention.

IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What city and state are you from?

 

ALEX BOYE: I live in Salt Lake City, Utah. I was born and raised in London, England. My parents are from Nigeria, West Africa.

IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What is your music background?

ALEX BOYE: My musical background is pretty eclectic. I actually started off as a dancer. When I was living in London, I was featured in a lot of music videos for European artists. I landed a gig as a dancer for George Michael at the MTV European Music Awards. While I was there, I met several famous artists and watched them all from backstage. It was a surreal experience. After watching the reaction of the fans cheering and going ballistic for them, it was then that I decided I wanted to be a “lead singer” as opposed to a “backup dancer”. I started auditioning for talent shows, and making a name for myself. I put together a boy band in the late 90’s and was the lead singer. We were signed to Universal Records in the UK. We had a hit with a song called “Rumors” a hip-hop remake of an old 80’s song. We had top 20 hits in over 15 European countries and performed on many big stages. We opened up for many US acts that came over to Europe like Backstreet Boys, N’Sync, Missy Elliott, Buster Rhymes, MC Hammer, and Bryan Adams to name a few.

IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What are your songs about?

ALEX BOYE: My songs are generally about celebrating life and the uniqueness of people, and embracing what is the same. There is so much in this world that tries to divide. My mission is to facilitate ” less shade, more shine,” through my music.

IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What is your favorite music to perform and why?

ALEX BOYE: My favorite song to perform is “We All Bleed The Same” I wrote this song in response to the shootings that have been occurring and how the media has used it to draw contention, judgment, and hate. I always get a great response from this song and many people after my shows will tell me they feel deep emotion and even healing from the music.

IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What has surprised you the most in the pursuit of a career in music?

ALEX BOYE: I have found that if you have something to say in your music, it will eventually get heard. With all the music platforms available to us more than ever before, and with the power of Youtube leveling the playing field for musicians, it is so much easier than ever before to get your music and brand out to the masses.

IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What are your musical influences?

ALEX BOYE: My musical influences varies. When I was younger, I went through the adoption program. My first family was white. There I was introduced to artists like Phil Collins, Seal, Sting, Beatles and The Beach Boys. Later I was sent to live with a black family (Jamaican), there I got introduced to Bob Marley, Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, Earth Wind & Fire, and Motown. In my late teens, I was back with my Nigerian mother where I was introduced to many African Artists like Fela Kuti and Sunny Ade. My musical influences contain much of the music I have grown up with.

IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: How would you describe your music to people?

ALEX BOYE: I describe my music as “Pop music with an African twist” I have even coined a term that many of my fans are familiar with when I do my covers albums. It’s called “Africanized”

IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What makes you stand out from other artists?

ALEX BOYE: There is no one that “Africanizes” music in the way that I do. I developed a Youtube channel doing “Africanized” versions of popular artists from Bruno Mars to Taylor swift. I have had incredible responses from the public, and my videos have been highlighted on many outlets such as Time.com, Huffington post, Entertainment Weekly, and Worldstar Hiphop.

IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What would you like to see changed in today’s music industry?

ALEX BOYE: I would like to see more artists collaborate with artists from other parts of the world and see more diverse genres showcased on mainstream music.

IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What are some upcoming projects that you are currently working on?

ALEX BOYE: I am currently working on a collaborative charity song spearheaded by Tito Jackson (Jackson 5’s) featuring artists from all over the world which will be showcased at the Cannes film festival next March.

I also have just been approached by Pepsi to work alongside Grammy Nominated artist Jidenna (classic Man) on a piece to be featured on Pepsi’s Youtube channel that introduces new artists to the world.

Here is the 1st episode I’m featured in:

IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What are your career goals? Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

ALEX BOYE: My career goal is to dominate the billboard charts with hit songs in my unique and easily recognizable style. I aim to build a brand that is easily recognized and in demand all over the world.

In 10 years will have my own music related companies and franchises, and I am giving back to African communities who are in need. I will be constantly looking to implement groundbreaking initiatives (like Akon introducing solar energy to millions in Africa)

IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: How can fans access your music and contact you?

Subscribe to Alex Boye’s Music channel
https://www.youtube.com/user/ALEXBOYETV

Follow Alex on:

Twitter
https://twitter.com/alexboyereal

Facebook
https://www.facebook.com/alexboye.music

Instagram
https://instagram.com/alexboye4/

Website: https://www.alexboye.com

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