Alex Boye

Alex Boye: The Biography of a British-Nigerian Music Icon

This article will explore all there’s to know about the life journey of Alex Boye.

Highlights:

  • Born on August 16, 1960
  • Creator of the “Awesome,” a European boy band
  • Producer of “Africanized” and “We All Bleed the Same” albums 
  • Winner of the grand prize at Hard Rock Rising Battle of the Bands in 2017.

Who Is Alex Boye?

Alex Boye is a prominent British-American musician, singer, and actor. He’s known for his diverse musical talents and captivating performances. His life story is one of perseverance, cultural fusion, and musical innovation.

Alex Boye

Personal Life (Early/recent)

Alex Boye was born on August 16, 1970, in London, England. His mum traveled to London during his pregnancy while his dad remained in Nigeria. 

Therefore Boye never knew who his father was. After his birth, the mom worked for the London Underground, cleaning tracks at night. She later remarried and one day decided that she was visiting Nigeria. 

Alex’s mom never came back till after eight years. The musician icon had to grow up in the Tottenham neighborhood and spend his youthful days in foster homes with Caucasian parents. An experience he described as “Tough”. 

Boye’s family has Ghanaian roots, which influenced his music and cultural identity. Growing up in London as a Nigerian of Yoruba descent, Boye faced various challenges but he didn’t give up.  

Career Journey to Becoming a Music Icon

Alex Boye’s journey into music began at a young age. At age 16, he started working at McDonald’s and the manager soon introduced him to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. 

Boye got baptized, joined the choir, and became a missionary. His first music performance was during his missionary service in Bristol, England. He became a backup dancer after his missionary work.

In 1995, he created and led  “Awesome,” a European boy band that performed in several local dances. The band soon won the local competition on Capital Radio, London’s largest radio station. 

The Awesome band continues to make waves, even going on several tours. However, In the early 1990s, Alex Boye moved to the United States to pursue his musical dreams. He said the band was leading where he didn’t want to be. 

Settling in Utah, he continued to hone his skills as a singer and performer. He joined the well-known Mormon Tabernacle Choir, which gave him valuable exposure and experience.

Achievements 

Alex Boye gained widespread recognition for collaborating with The Piano Guys, an cappella group. His collaboration with The Piano Guys on their viral cover of “Peponi” (a Swahili version of Coldplay’s “Paradise”) garnered millions of views on YouTube. 

His 2014 album, “Africanized,” was a significant milestone in his career. The albums featured African-inspired renditions of popular songs. 

Alex Boye

His cover of “Let It Go” from Disney’s “Frozen” gained immense popularity and introduced his music to an even broader audience. In addition to his music, Alex Boye is known for his energetic and captivating live performances. 

He has graced stages around the world, including at prestigious events like TEDx and the Stadium of Fire. Alex met his wife Julie at the LDS singles ward. The duo got married on the 6th of January, 2007 at Salt Lake Temple. 

The couple has eight children together. Most notably, Boye beat out more than 6,000 artists to win the grand prize at the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida, on December 11, 2017.


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