Lift Every Voice: Jesse Boykins III

3 May

Jesse Boykins III has something what other “musicians” don’t have…passion and intelligence. It’s more than just having love of music that keeps him going.  While you have your occasional songwriters, Boykins gives you a journey into sound with lyrics by creating a visual of your second life. His talent was influenced by the likes of soul musicians Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, and Donny Hathaway; enigmatic artists such as Bjork, Sade, and Pink Floyd; and the writings of Shakesphere and Langston Hughes. Boykins fine-tuned his musical craft while studying at The New School University for Jazz and Contemporary. Through it all, he learned from the best; classical music trainer Kenneth Kamal Scott and soul artist Bilal. I first learned of Boykins through my favorite blog “Street Etiquette” and I fell in love immediately with his voice when I got to learn more of him.

“Dopamine: My Life On My Back is what I would call Love therapy treatment. Different Levels of emotions broken down into 6-7 songs, kind of a mini story dealing with past, present, and future relationships. Its Crazy because all the inspiration for it, is from one thing.. And I can say its all the effect of Dopamine” – Jesse Boykins III

Only those with beautiful minds yearning for new experiences can understand Boykins. Music artists uses the music sheet as their canvas. Listeners can hear the voice but they want the imagination of a paradise. Boykins provides the elements of melodic tunes, artistic visual presentations, and smoothing lyrics to put those beautiful minds at peace.  To complete the canvas, you have to invoke some emotion within your craft. With Boykins first LP Dopamine: My Life On My Back (released 2008),  you are back to the days of turning off the lights, lying on your back, on the floor (hardwood or carpet), huge headphones on your ears, and leaving whatever emotion you had before you turned up the volume. Boykins is talking his feelings through the tracks  “Tabloids”, “The Sea” and “Sobriety” and at the end, you feel brand new.

“I am a reawakening of the Romantic Movement ; an observer of Love and the Power it holds. So when given the opportunity to document my priceless experiences and connect them with moments in melody I’ve captured, I am humbled. Amorous is my appreciation for the relationship and the magic it holds between two people. The essence of a bond and its affect on its environment for the better. Special thanks to London for its environment and the Lovers that shared their intimacy. The Beauty Created.” – Jesse Boykins III

You have to love and hate Love. It does hold power. Over the years, many R&B music lovers complained that the genre lost its touch and that the days of songs glamorizing romance has disappeared. In his second album The Beauty Created (released 2008), Boykins revives love songs from the dead and brings back the soul and power it use to have. This album exceeded the expectations of his fans and became a breakout moment.  “Amorous” was featured on BET’s 106 & Park, and Boykins earned a nomination in Centric’s 2010 Soul Train Awards in the category “Centric Award for Underground R&B Soul.” These achievements are proof alone that Boykins is great at what he do and that R&B and Soul is making its way back into the hearts.

Boykins is set to release his third (officially sophomore album) The Love Apparatus. With the newly released single, “B4 The Night Is Thru” where the cover art is a beautiful imitation of  famous french artist Marcel Duchamp playing chess against one of his sculpting models, Boykins continues to put his craft on a high pedastal giving his fans a taste of sensual seduction.

An artist’s greatest accomplishment is when their listeners read “Written, Produced, and Arranged” on the back of their LPs. Those skills are missing amongst these singers trying to find a place in the music industry. There is more to having a voice. I agreed with International Superstar Prince when he told Jet magazine that every musician should learn how to play the piano. Jesse Boykins III took his craft seriously by learning to use the instruments and write as a storyteller for his songs. He is on his way to bring back the romanticism and sensuality into music. R&B and Soul was never dead…it took a temporary leave of absence. Now Jesse is here to reawake a movement.


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One Response to “Lift Every Voice: Jesse Boykins III”

  1. Kitty Bradshaw May 14, 2011 at 10:16 am #

    I like this… this is some seduction type music… this is something you throw on when some magnum xl comes walking through the door…. OOooWWWww…. he reminds me of how Raheem DeVaughn used to be before he turned studio puppet (I still love him, but I’m just saying lolll)

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