Alex Boye: Being the Change -- Inside Mormon Music

At the end of 2008, Alex Boye felt prompted to record a hymns album. He kept ignoring the idea, but his conscience wouldn't let it go. Finally he decided to start recording and a few months later, had completed eight songs. He felt the album needed three more songs, but was stuck and didn't know which songs to add.

"Everything changed after one phone call," Boye said. "Last year, I received a call from President Ballard to accompany him on a speaking assignment. He asked specifically that I would sing 'There Is a Green Hill Far Away,' 'I Need Thee Every Hour' and 'I Walked Today Where Jesus Walked.' It was a privilege and a great honor to sing those songs. The next day, I rushed to the studio and recorded those three songs as a memento and memory of the great significance of what I had been a part of, and just realized I had completed the album! Once it was completed, I remember saying to myself, 'Now what?'"

It wasn't long before the answer came. After returning from a sold-out Midwest tour with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, Boye received a phone call from Bob Ahlander, the general manager at Deseret Book. Ahlander asked him if he'd be interested in recording a hymns album.

"I was floored. 'That's funny you should say that Bob, because I just finished doing one,'" said Boye.

Boye's album, "Be Still, My Soul: Classic Hymns and Folk Songs" has been on the top 10 bestsellers list at Deseret Book for four weeks.

He is using his God-given gifts to bless the lives of many. Boye is raising money to buy a house for a local refugee family with sales of his single, "Crazy for You." He is also working on a book for the youth that focuses on how music affects our thoughts, personality and character, called "Prophets and Popstars."

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