Originally from Chicago, Jesse Boykins III has made quite a name for himself as a world soul artist. Relocating to Miami and then later Brooklyn was the best start for his career. Through this process, he was able form a band and release music he and his members could write, produce, and play on their own.
Jesse Boykins III’s career in music began at the age of nine when he joined his school choir. He soon began auditioning around Miami and found himself recording with various local Miami artists. In high school, Boykins was invited to perform in the Grammy Jazz Ensemble and recorded an album with them. After high school, he was recruited to The New School University in New York City. There he perfected his skills as a writer, performer, arranger and producer as well as a vocalist.
His first EP, Dopamine: My Life On My Back EP was released February 14, 2008. According to Jesse Boykins III, “I was inspired to name the album Dopamine: My Life On My Back based on the series of songs I was writing. They all put me in a mood that I knew could be explained. I researched love, chemical love, and addiction and the word Dopamine was the end result. Dopamine is an endorphin in your body that makes you feel ‘in love’. It is also released when you’re addicted to something. Addicted … to love.”
Boykins is currently touring with his band The Beauty Created. His follow up album The Beauty Created LP, was released November 25, 2008 through NoMadic Music. The album is a creation of new classics that inspire the excitement and infatuation of a wistful summer romance. This music embodies admiration of love, connected with Jesse’s unique, innovative sound and live instrumentals.
Love Apparatus was released on his own in 2014. Appealing and hypnotic, this album releases chill vibes that send you soaring through its lucid feel. Boykins poetic lines display his deep-romantic quality within. Showing the uglier side of romance, he tells stories of the sweet and dangers of love with his soulful organic sound.
Jesse will be releasing a new project titled “Bartholomew” very soon. Keep up with Jesse on his twitter @jesseboykins3rd & check out his music below!