Alternative artist, indie soul songwriter and record producer JESSE BOYKINS III boasts a five-octave range and a wide scope of inspirations that stretches from classic soul to the contemporary likes of Björk and Bilal. He also soaked up the music of various cultures to which he has been exposed, including reggae and salsa, but his output is rooted in R&B, occasionally accented with off-center electronics.
Born in Chicago, Boykins spent his childhood in Jamaica prior to moving to Miami. His involvement in his elementary school’s choir proved to be a springboard, one that led to being picked as a member of the Grammy Jazz Ensemble during his senior year of high school. Later, at New York City’s New School University, he developed not only his vocals but songwriting, arranging, and production skills. The next logical step was releasing his music. "Dopamine: My Life On My Back" and "The Beauty Created" were issued in 2008. He then worked with MeLo-X on "Zulu Guru", a full-length collaboration released by Ninja Tune in 2012. "Love Apparatus" featuring productions from Travis Strewart (aka Machinedrum), followed in 2014. Boykins has also appeared as a featured guest on recordings by Theophilus London, Zodiac, Vic Mensa, TokiMonsta, Logic, Mac Miller, Chance The Rapper, Mick Jenkins and Rejjie Snow to name a few. The type of artist that is an all around creative curator with the imagination and drive to see through all his passions both sonically and visually.
With Jesse's new body of work "BARTHOLOMEW" released on Def Jam Recordings he expands on his sonic curation and collaborates with the likes of Noname, Willow Smith, Syd, Luke James and Dej Loaf to name a few. Also co-producing alongside producers Dj Dahi, Dot Da Genius, Machinedrum and more. He continues to be a shining light in what is needed in this day and age's creative process.