Since the age of 10, he has been mastering the craft. His early inspirations include; Charlie Parker, John Coltrane, Roland Kirk, Kirk Whalum, David Sanborn, and Gerald Albright. J's talents have taken him from his hometown in Riverside, California all the way to China and many other places in between. His appearances include: * Ministering at Various Churches throughout California * Ministering at Crenshaw Christian Centers Bluprint Sunday and again for their 2008 Watch service * Featured artist at the Koinonia's Conference's 2007 "Jazzin in the city" With Kirk Wallum and Doc Powell * Featured artist at the Inland Empire Jazz Festival 2007*Incl. "allstar jam" on stage With Brian Culbertson * Band and Solo artists at "Jammin' For Jesus Festival 2004,2005,2006 * Opening for Grammy Award winner Shirley Ceasar * Opening for Stellar/Dove Award winner Martha Munizzi * Opening for world renowned Harry Belofonte * Guest Artist at SanDiego"s KIFM Gas lamp jazz festival 2007 * Guest artist at the opening for the National NAACP Convention * Presenting his rendition of "The Negro National Anthem at numerous Black History events * Performing his rendition of "The National Anthem at W.R.C.O.G.
Annual Convention * Riverside AIDS Walk 2005,2007 * Forbes 500 Company Parties J's accolades include: * 2005 Recipient of ABCW "Youth Image Award * Gold Medalist Riverside NAACP-ACTSO 2005, 2006 * Regional winner of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Talent Awards * Winner Riverside Black History Association Talent Show 2004 & 2005 * Member of The Inland Empire Jazz and Artist Exchange * Co-founder of the Gospel group "This Side of Heaven J's debut album, "My Name Is J, will be released early 2007, and is an eclectic mix of Gospel Music, Smooth Jazz, Latin, and R & B. It will be a "must add" to your play list. The album demonstrates Mr. Boykin's God-given gift as an instrumentalist and exposes his ability as a composer.
The album also features talents from Dove Award Nominee Rufus Troutman, Tammie Gibson, and recording artist "Ryiah". As he ventures through the musical world, J. always remembers "To God Be the Glory". Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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