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From boy band to Mo-Tab, Boye records Christmas album

Photo courtesy of Deseret Book/Shadow Mountain Records.The title cover of Alex Boye’s new Christmas album that is in stores now.

Alex Boye began his career with a boy band in Europe, selling more than half a million CDs and releasing hit songs as the lead singer in the band, “Awesome.”

He is now in Utah sharing his talent as a member of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, and promoting a newly released Christmas album, “My Christmas Wish.”

“Really, a lot of the style is going back to the old classics, kind of like Sammy Davis Jr., Nat King Cole and Ray Charles,” Boye said. “I wanted to go back to the old classics instead of revamping brand new versions of songs that everybody knows. I wanted to bring that to the forefront.”

Shadow Mountain Records, the label for Deseret Book, approached Boye to do the Christmas album, with Bob Ahlander, director of music and film for Deseret Book, at the forefront of the idea.

“I literally just called him up and said, ‘Hey, I have a slot open for a Christmas album next year and would love to do it with you,’” Ahlander said. 

He said they wanted Boye because he is so versatile, doing sacred music, as well as a James Brown-like R&B project, according to Ahlander.

“We decided to wrap his uniqueness up in things that felt very traditional,” Ahlander said. “There’s a lot of string instruments; think [of] the old Nat King Cole records. Then there’s a little bit of big band sound; think Frank Sinatra or Harry Connick Jr.”

The song list includes “The Christmas Song,” “I Pray on Christmas” and “O Holy Night,” as well as the title track “My Christmas Wish,” written by Boye.

“It’s [My Christmas Wish] really a story about a mother praying for her kids and hoping they will come home for Christmas,” Boye said, speaking of the title song. “It’s almost like this big circle where we all want to be someone else and be in a better situation but we are all really in the same boat, and that’s what it’s all about.”

For the song “The First Noel,” members of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir sing backup, according to Boye.

He said his favorite song to record was “Christmas Time is Here,” because he has always loved Charlie Brown.

Boye said he is currently working on a rap song that pays tribute to the Relief Society and glorifies women. He said he hopes to release it in January and sing it for audiences at Women’s Conference and Time Out for Women.

He will also perform some of the Christmas songs at the BYU vs. Arizona basketball game halftime show in the EnergySolutions Arena on Dec. 11, according to Boye.

For more information about Boye, visit alexboye.com. The CD is currently available at Deseret Book.