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he Chicago native and Brooklyn local World Soul artist, Jesse Boykins just released his latest second full length album, Love Apparatus via Nomadic Music on April 22, 2014. This soulful album is produced by the electronica genius, Machinedrum. This 29 year old has come a long way with his music and he is a great example that hard work and dedication does pay off. He has been a musician since the young age of nine, singing in his school choir. His childhood passion grew and while living in Miami, he recorded music with a variety of local artists. In addition to his high school studies, Jesse also recorded a full length album with the Grammy Jazz Ensemble. His skills expanded and his ambition was so unstoppable that he exceeded himself and studied music in college at the New School in NYC. Jesse learned more about writing, producing, singing techniques and the ‘how to’ of making music a full time career. He has grown to be an exceptional Neo-Soul artist and his songs reflect his life experiences as well as his own personal growth into adulthood. His variety of theories and feelings throughout the years are always written down and heard in his music. Jesse is not afraid to say what he wants and he sings it very well with a soothing tone and informative lyrics. One of his latest songs which is released on Love Apparatus, “Show Me Who You Are” is a direct example of his growth. His lyrics such as “I hear endless tales of the great things you can do. I hear whispered chance of your miracle. The essence of sensation, year. Right he’d immense you. Hide all this from your lover. Why would you?”; These words speak for themselves; it’s beautiful and poetic. His song “Plain” also from his latest album tells a different tale about feeling nothing from a certain woman. There is also a video for this track which is available to watch on YouTube; it’s fun and truthful and has a great beat to it’s numb tale. Jesse Boykins has a fiery drive and beautiful talent that he will definitely go further and become an unforgettable song-writer and artist. He’s currently on tour and will be playing in his local NY area at Irving Plaza, NYC on May 3rd. Go check him out!