FOUNDER, PEACE INDUSTRY MUSIC GROUP
John Boyd is the foundation and heart of Peace Industry Music Group – a man of vision, passion, and purpose. He grew up singing and working in church choirs, and studied piano and voice privately in his youth. While in college, John studied with a church organist and began writing songs and arrangements.
John founded and ran a Christian ministry in the heart of Detroit’s business sector in the 1990’s. After several years, he turned his focus to the fine arts. In 1997, John founded the Boys and Girls Choirs of Detroit, both replicas of the famed Boys Choir of Harlem. His choirs performed throughout Southeast Michigan and in the Detroit metropolitan area for six years. They opened for the Boys Choir of Harlem in concerts at the Opera House and Fox Theater in Detroit. John moved from Detroit in 2002, and soon formed the statewide Michigan Fine Arts Youth Choir, which performed in Grand Rapids and the Thumb region of Michigan. John took this choir on tour to Atlanta, and also to New York City, where they sang for Midori & Friends and at the Julliard School.
In 2004, John formed the Perfect Blend Group – an ensemble of his children, ages 7-17 – to give his family an opportunity to be together and do their own thing. They performed around Detroit and in Southeast Michigan. They once traveled to New Orleans for the Jazz & Heritage Festival, where they charmed the socks off of everyone who heard them.
John has been writing and arranging music for his choirs and family for over fifteen years. He has written several original spirituals and songs, and his arrangements are noted for their unusually beautiful harmonies.
In 2007, John moved his family to North Bergen, NJ, to provide them with the opportunities available in and around New York City. After a couple years of singing on subway platforms and on the steps of the Met Museum, they discovered the incredible acoustics of the Minton Tile Arcade near Bethesda Fountain in Central Park. Soon they became regulars at the spot, where they have been heard as “Boyd’s for Praise” by thousands of people from all over the world. Over the years, the Boyd family has been joined by several classical musicians and other singers. They recently reorganized as the Peace Industry Music Group.