Becoming a YouTube sensation was never Alex Boyé’s intent when he got into music. After converting to the Church as a teen, he served a mission. It was there that his mission president encouraged him to pursue a career in music. He found himself in a very popular boy band with a record deal. But as it turned out, the traveling heartthrob lifestyle wasn’t nearly as fulfilling as it seemed. So he left it all behind and moved to Salt Lake City where he met his wife and got involved in the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.
“One of the things I loved best was going on tour!” Boyé says of his time with the choir. At one particular concert for general authorities, he sang a solo with the choir. “I will never forget stepping out to sing and at the end of the song getting a standing ovation from President Monson. That moment for me was sweeter than a Grammy.”
After his time with the Tabernacle Choir, he began making music video covers of popular songs and giving them an African twist—a call back to his ancestry. Thanks to those videos he soon became a household name among Mormons. His YouTube channel has more than 40 videos, and he has over 375,000 subscribers.
But his popularity is growing outside the Mormon community as well.
Recently he released a remake of a popular song called “Uptown Funk,” replacing Bruno Mars’s entourage with some very “funky” senior citizens. The parody already has more than 6 million views and more than a few rave reviews. The Huffington Post loved the video, saying, “We’ve never seen a parody quite so perfect before.”
Boyé has also done duets with LDS artists such as Jenny Oaks Baker and The Piano Guys. Boyé says that he truly looks up to Jon Schmidt: “I have never met a musician filled with so much love, kindness, and total humility. If I had a fraction of those qualities as a man, I would be dangerous.”