Alex Boyd

An entertainer since his early childhood, Virginia native Alex Boyd had his life changed in multiple ways when he was accepted into Washington, D.C.'s Duke Ellington School of the Arts. While receiving classical vocal training, he was exposed to modern R&B and rap -- two developments that played significant factors in his future as a performer and recording artist. A scholarship to attend Michigan's Interlochen Arts Academy opened him up to opera. Boyd's personality and the school's formalities proved to be a bad match, which ended in expulsion, but he soon landed a spot on the 2003 season of NBC's talent contest Fame. Once that didn't pan out, he spent several years finding his way as a composer and singer. After connecting with producer Andy Rose, he settled into a retro-modern R&B sound and signed to the Jive label. In August 2012, Boyd's debut single, "I Wish I Knew" -- co-written and produced by Ivan Barias and Carvin Haggins -- reached Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. Boyd received significant support from Michael Baisden's syndicated radio program, but his major-label deal did not pan out. In July 2014, he was in a motorcycle accident and died. At the time, he was preparing the release of his debut album. ~ Andy Kellman

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