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Alex Boyé to Replace Christopher Jackson as Guest Artist for Pioneer Day Concert

Due to unavoidable and unanticipated scheduling conflicts with the filming of his current TV series, Christopher Jackson will be unable to join the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square for their annual Pioneer Day concerts on July 14 and 15. Mr. Jackson is sincerely disappointed at this turn of events and is looking forward to another opportunity to appear with the Choir and Orchestra in the future. 

The Mormon Tabernacle Choir is excited to announce that Alex Boyé will now be the guest artist for this year's Pioneer Day concerts. 

Boyé was recently named 2017 Artist of the Year in a music contest sponsored by Pepsi and Hard Rock Cafe. As grand prize winner, he will be performing a halftime show for the NFL’s Monday Night Football this December in Miami.

Fans of America’s Got Talent will no doubt recall Boyé’s unforgettable first audition, which judge Howie Mandel enthusiastically praised: “In my six years here, this is my favorite music act ever—it really is!” Watch the full audition video

Boyé is known for his dynamic African infused songs that have gained over 400 million views on YouTube, garnering him the title of YouTube’s Cover Artist of the Year in 2014.   

The Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square will present “Music for a Summer Evening,” their annual concert held in conjunction with Pioneer Day celebrations honoring the arrival of the Mormon pioneers in 1847. The concert will be held on Friday and Saturday, July 14 and 15, at 8:00 p.m. in the Conference Center and will be conducted by Mack Wilberg, music director of the Choir, and Ryan Murphy, associate music director. 

Free tickets for these concerts are required and have all been distributed. However, patrons are invited to stand by for last-minute seating each evening. The standby line will form at the north gate on Temple Square at 6:30 p.m. for the evening performances.

Boyé has come full circle! Ten years ago he became a member of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. He spent seven years with the Choir before leaving in 2014 to focus on his music career. In his time with the Choir, Boyé was featured as a soloist on tour and for special concerts, as well as for the Choir’s album Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing: American Folk Hymns and Spirituals, for which he recorded the songs “I Want Jesus to Walk with Me” and “Rock-a-My Soul in the Bosom of Abraham.” 

As a YouTube artist, Boyé has had his videos featured by Good Morning America, Jimmy Kimmel, Billboard.com, Time.com, WorldstarHipHop, Queen Latifah, Disney.com, Perez Hilton, and the Huffington Post.

Check out some of our favorite videos featuring Alex Boyé: