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Alex Boyé: From Rags to Spiritual Riches

During the Choir’s Atlantic Coast Tour in the summer of 2015, we caught up with Alex Boyé in Boston before the tour’s final show. Boyé was on tour as the Choir’s guest soloist and performed the spirituals “I Want Jesus to Walk with Me” and “I’m Runnin’ On.” Boyé opened up to us about the trials of being homeless in his youth and overcoming challenges through scripture study and positive thinking.

“My small vision was what kept me going. My small vision of [thinking], 'One day it’s going to be so much better,'" said Boyé. He added, “I used to just dream of me being on stage and picture me being in big audiences and all that kind of stuff. I’d picture me in that situation all the time, and it took me out of my doldrums and what I was going through, and it really, really helped.”

Boyé also spoke about turning points in his life, including his conversion to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at age 16. “When I was working at McDonald’s, a gentlemen approached me at the age of 16 and he says, ‘Do you believe in God?’ Three weeks later I was baptized and became a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints,” said Boyé, laughing.

Watch part three of our three-part interview with Alex Boyé: