“The most important quality of the SR40V mic is it gives me true clarity of sound and freedom onstage. Whether I’m singing in the lower, warm part of my voice, or the silvery high tones, I can sing and move freely, and just trust the sound.”
Candice Hoyes embraces her jazz and classical influences to render a style all her own, distinguished as a “magnificent soprano vocalist” and an ideal “singing instrumentalist.” (Jazziz Magazine)
On the jazz scene, Hoyes has performed and toured with Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra. She has been the featured vocalist with acclaimed artists including Wycliffe Gordon and Eric Reed. As a classical singer, she performs in six languages, and has sung roles at international opera festivals as well as Carnegie Hall, BAM, and Lincoln Center.
Born of Jamaican parents and raised in South Florida, Hoyes began studying piano at age six, and began singing in professional children’s theater at age 11. She attended Harvard, where she won the Fitzie Prize, providing her voice lessons at Boston Conservatory and sang live jazz and soul throughout Boston. She was selected by Lorin Maazel’s Castleton Festival for Young Artists in Opera for classical training, and won a scholarship for her Masters in Voice from Westminster Choir College.
In March 2015 at Minton’s Harlem, Hoyes released her acclaimed debut album, On a Turquoise Cloud, a collection of Duke Ellington’s rarely recorded songs for soprano. With rare songs spanning Ellington’s career, On a Turquoise Cloud features new arrangements and performances by several of this generation’s jazz luminaries. Hoyes teamed with producer Ulysses Owens Jr., who celebrates the timeless beauty and innovation of Ellington’s music. Every arrangement on On a Turquoise Cloud was tailor-made for her by distinguished artists, a list that includes Owens, Ted Nash, Vincent Gardner, Wycliffe Gordon, Kenny Rampton, and Adam Birnbaum. She also penned lyrics for two of the songs.
Hoyes performs at concert venues and jazz clubs with increasing regularity. This season, she appears at Minton’s Harlem, Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola at Jazz at Lincoln Center as the guest vocalist in “Wycliffe Gordon and Friends,” Ginny’s Supper Club, and Whynot Jazz Room. She makes her debut at the 2015 BET Experience, kicking off the summer music festival as the opening act for Deborah Cox, Chrisette Michele, and Jordin Sparks.