Jesse Boykins III (born February 20, 1985, Chicago, Illinois, United States) is an American R&B/soul singer-songwriter and producer.
Jesse is a world soul artist originally from Jamaica, later relocating to Miami and finally Brooklyn. His first EP, Dopamine: My Life On My Back EP was released February 14, 2008 and his follow up The Beauty Created LP was released November 25, 2008 through NomaDic MuSic.
His 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 Jesse 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. At The New School, he perfected his skills as a writer, performer, arranger and producer and as a vocalist. He also studied with classical trainer Kamal Scott and Universal recording artist Bilal.
One of my favorite songs would have to be also be the first song I ever listened to from Boykins, “Amorous”. Released in 2010, this song describes approaching a woman so “amorous” that conversations and interactions transcend their physical form.
“She was way to fly for me so I tried to grow wings
Small laughs and big compliments will maybe stretch out some things”
These lines are just two out of so many that have stayed with me since the first time hearing this song. It’s an approach people that goes passed small talk and straight to intimate conversation. Establishing emotional security, even at it’s simplest. With his hollow yet strong voice, everything he sings is quite calming, but is clear enough that you always want to hear him sing again and again.
Check out his latest song, “Earth Girls” below.
Jesse is also, currently, working with Ray-Ban on their campaign to release ‘The Meteor’ collection. The song featured is “Tell Me” by Jesse ft. Theophilus London. See the campaign below.
Jesse Boykins III for Ray-Ban New 2017 Campaign "The Meteor"
Posted by Jesse Boykins III on Monday, April 10, 2017
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