Alex Boyé (2015)
Although once a member of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir (2007–2014), Alex Boyé has earned his spot as a guest artist. In 2015, Boyé appeared as a soloist for two concerts with the Choir during the American Choral Directors Association Conference. He also joined the Choir for the Atlantic Coast Tour, which made stops in Maryland, New York, and Massachusetts. Prior to the first stop in Maryland, he even managed to get the Choir to sing “Hallelujah” from Handel’s Messiah while they were on an airplane. While on the 14-day tour, Boyé, Choir, and Orchestra received several standing ovations, most notably at the famed Carnegie Hall in Manhattan, NY.
2015 was a HUGE year for Boyé in every sense of the word. For starters, his cover video for “Uptown Funk” was featured on Buzzfeed, TIME, New York’s Daily News, and the Huffington Post and has been viewed over 6 million times. He also received the Utah Governor’s Mansion Artist Award for his contributions to music, which included being named YouTube’s 2014 Cover Artist of the Year. His YouTube channel has 111 million views, with his cover of “Let It Go” from the movie Frozen leading the way with 73 million views.
If that weren’t enough for a stellar 2015, Boyé’s America’s Got Talent audition was broadcast nationally. Boyé and his band performed Taylor Swift’s “Shake It Off” and received four yeses from celebrity judges Howie Mandel, Heidi Klum, Mel B., and Howard Stern. The episode aired on June 23, 2015, the night before the Mormon Tabernacle Choir's tour began, which caused great excitement with Boyé joining the tour as a soloist.
Believe it or not, Boyé’s 2015 included another big television performance—this time he took his talents across the pond to audition for X Factor UK, where he took on Pharrell Williams's “Happy,” another song familiar to the Choir.
Before his massive YouTube fame, Boyé was a full-time member of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, while continuing to work on his solo music career. It was as a member of the Choir that Boyé honed many of the skills he considers crucial to his success. During his time with the Choir, he had the opportunity to perform solos for the spirituals “Rock-a My Soul in the Bosom of Abraham,” “Goin’ Home,” “I’m Runnin’ On,” and “I Want Jesus to Walk With Me,” which is perhaps his most well known by Choir fans.
While on tour with the Choir in New York City, Boyé said, “Being with the Choir has been something that I’ve very, very much needed. Sometimes with all of this stuff [TV appearances] you can get overwhelmed and think you’re someone special all of a sudden. But being with the Choir and singing songs of praise grounds you and makes you realize what the most important thing is.”