Victory Boyd was a member of the vocal-harmony sibling act Infinity's Song before emerging as a solo artist in her early twenties. As Victory, she draws on the soul, jazz, folk, and gospel music she learned to perform while growing up in an active musical family. Carrying a distinctively rich, honeyed rasp, she made her solo recording debut on Jay-Z's Roc Nation label with the EP It's a New Dawn in 2017.
Boyd is one of nine siblings who grew up singing in the Boys & Girls Choir of Detroit, a group founded by her father, John Boyd. Victory started performing with the choir at the age of four. She later studied jazz guitar. The family moved from Detroit to North Bergen, New Jersey when she was 12, and they started busking together under various monikers, including Peace Industry Music Group, at New York City tourist attractions and subway platforms. The family eventually became known for appearing regularly in the Minton Tile Arcade next to Bethesda Fountain, a spot favored for its acoustics.
An offshoot of the group, Infinity's Song, was formed by Victory with her older brother Abraham and younger sister Angel. Sometimes adding other members of the family to the lineup, Infinity's Song rose to national prominence in 2015 after pop singer Tori Kelly came across them one day in Central Park. Kelly joined in, an event captured on video by a fan, which led to an appearance by Kelly and Infinity's Song on the ABC morning show The View. Also in 2015, Peace Industry Music Group released Infinity's Song's eponymous debut LP. A year later, the family performed for Jay-Z, who quickly signed them to his Roc Nation label.
Drawing some comparisons to idol Nina Simone for both her unusual voice and jazzy proclivities, Victory made her solo debut in 2017 with the Roc Nation-issued EP It's a New Dawn. The title was taken from her favorite line in Simone's song "Feeling Good," which she covered on the release. With production by hip-hop artist 9th Wonder, Victory's full-length debut, The Broken Instrument, followed in 2018. ~ Marcy Donelson