So perhaps it is apt that Boe has titled his latest album Storyteller. A labor of love, it is a true reflection of who he is as a performer. Taking inspiration from Jeff Buckley's approach to Leonard Cohen's “Hallelujah,” Boe strips to the heart some of his favorite classic songs — like "Bridge Over Troubled Water," “Angie,” “It’s Now or Never,” and “Please Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood” — and brings their beauty to the surface while creating texture with both a band and a traditional orchestra. Boe sang live with the band and orchestra, virtually conducting them as he sang, over a week-long stretch of 12-hour days.
Released in the U.K. in November, Storyteller is already a hit there, where it follows on the heels of Boe’s two BPI platinum-certified albums, 2010’s Bring Him Home and 2012’s Alfie — a collection of timeless pop songs and musical theater favorites from Phantom of the Opera, Ragtime, West Side Story, among others. The album, which features special guests Robert Plant and Nick Jonas, debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Classical Crossover Chart.
Boe has sold more than a million albums worldwide, no doubt thanks to his soaring, expressive tenor, which unifies the repertoire as he breathes life into each of the songs. His interpretations allow the listener to experience the tune as if they were hearing it for the first time. “You’re creating an imaginary world for the listener to step into,” he says. “You’re creating an escape. Whatever style a song is — rock, classical, blues — it’s about creating an emotion. If you don’t have an emotional connection to the music, you’re not much of an artist. You have to be able to connect with what you’re singing.”