The Select Guest
MEET | CANDICE HOYES
Featured 10.15-10.21.18 | It’s hard to pin down the word soulful. Because while the definition — of or expressive of deep feeling or emotion — tells you about it, it’s really much more about how something makes you feel. Or in this week’s case, how *someone* makes you feel. Case in point: Candice Hoyes, whose voice has been compared to Eartha Kitt’s and Nancy Wilson’s (NBD), sings with a force so powerful, it literally shakes your soul. Not to mention that her chills-inducing melodies tap into themes of feminism and black history to remind us of the forever shifting politics of race, class and feminism. And if that’s not soulful, then we don’t what is. Plus, she’s smart. Like really smart. With an undergrad degree from Harvard and a law degree from Columbia, we’re talking more ivy than blues (see what we did there, Beyoncé?). And if you haven’t seen her perform on the hallowed stages of Carnegie Hall or Lincoln Center, or caught her work alongside legend Wynton Marsalis, don’t fret: Her second album will be released in 2019 and there’s sure to be plenty of opportunities to surround yourself with her voice that’s smooth as silk, and yes, soulful. Welcome to Candice’s week.
Soulful, lyrical, and classically trained, Candice Hoyes is a storyteller who dares to draw from sources rarely combined. Following her critically-acclaimed 2015 album debut, On a Turquoise Cloud, Hoyes has performed worldwide, including appearances in Paris, Bucharest, New York, Los Angeles and more. In early 2018, she curated a Minnie Riperton show at Joe's Pub at the Public Theater and "Lena Horne at 100" at HarlemStage. Her music was featured at New York Fashion Week and in the BET/TV5 Monde film USA, La Recette Caribéenne du Success.
Hoyes is currently writing and recording her second album, which is set for a 2019 release. She is an endorsed artist by Earthworks High Definition Microphones.Hoyes began formal vocal study as an undergraduate at Harvard University, soon gracing the international stages of Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center as an award-winning classical soloist. In 2015, she toured and recorded with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra under artistic director Wynton Marsalis, before releasing her own critically-acclaimed album debut, ‘On A Turquoise Cloud.’ Hoyes has performed with Marsalis, Ray Angry of The Roots, Philip Glass, Deepak Chopra, and Wycliffe Gordon. In 2017, Hoyes delivered a TED Talk performance and created and led a new performance lecture series for Jazz at Lincoln Center and City University of New York.
As a public speaker and educator, Hoyes has written for publications including the Los Angeles Review of Books, Columbia Journal of Gender and Law, and Blavity. As a public speaker, Hoyes is honored to have delivered a 2017 TED Salon Talk including a live performance, and has spoken on international platforms including Music @Google, the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Dropbox Artist Spotlight (for which she was the first), LinkedIn Artist Spotlight, Left of Black, Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights in Law, The Wing, and the Harvard Alumni Association. She created and leads a Jazz series at Lincoln Center for the City University of New York, and has taught across the US including UC Berkeley, Duke University, and the United Nations School, as well as numerous museums, cultural centers, and public schools for all ages. She is the first music curator at The Abbey in Princeton, NJ, which launched her first series in spring 2018. Hoyes is an honors graduate of Harvard University.