We got to chatting with talented LDS singer Alex Boyé and found him to be one of the most charismatic men we’d ever met! He about how he stays grounded amidst a chaotic career, how he conquers stage fright, and how the gospel keeps him strong.
How did you meet your wife?
I met my wife at Trolley Square [in Salt Lake City] at a country dancing event.
What is your favorite thing about being a dad?
I love hugging and kissing my kids and just being goofy with them. They revitalize me and keep me youthful at heart.
How do you juggle your family and your career?
With a lot of help from the Lord! I try to see my career as a job and not an obsession. When it’s a job, you can come home. When it’s an obsession, you never do.
Which celebrity have you most enjoyed meeting?
Olivia Newton John. I opened for her in London last year. I was so nervous. It was the first major non-LDS gig that I had done in over 10 years! Before I went on stage, I got a knock at my door, and an assistant told me that Olivia wanted to meet with me. She told me she loves my music and was excited for me to open for her. She gave me a hug and wished me good luck and even tweeted about me to her fans. Love her!
What did you love best about your time in the Mormon Tabernacle Choir?
One of the things I loved best was going on tour! I remember one show we did at the famous Red Rocks Amphitheater in Denver. It was a sold out show. Apparently, it sold out quicker than the Rolling Stones! I will never forget stepping out to sing a solo, and at the end of the song, I got a standing ovation from President Monson. That moment for me was sweeter than a Grammy.
Which musician inspires you the most?
Jon Schmidt from the Piano Guys. I have never met a musician filled with so much love, kindness, and total humility.
What is your favorite song to sing and why?
“I Want Jesus to Walk with Me.” The title explains it all.
What has been your favorite performing experience and why?
One that stands out was when some girls approached me after a concert and put a whole pack of cigarettes in my hand. I asked why they were giving it to me. They said they read somewhere that I didn’t drink or smoke, and they said that if I didn’t need to, then they didn’t need to either. So they were quitting smoking.
Do you ever get nervous before you perform? What works for you to counteract that?
Heck yes! Almost every time! One of my rituals is to write down on a piece of paper how I want to feel during the concert and how much I love the people I’m performing for. It always takes away my fears.
What do you geek out over?
Cricket. (The sport from England—not the insect!)
What was your favorite part about filmingSaints and Soldiers: The Void?
Getting to ride on real WWII tanks and jeeps—and blowing stuff up! I cannot wait until this movie comes out. I’m so in awe of what it takes to put out a major feature film and the work that goes on behind the scenes!