"Candice Hoyes sings blackness, Womanhood and history in her debut album"- NPR Music, 2016
Soulful, lyrical, and classically trained, jazz vocalist Candice Hoyes is a storyteller who dares to draw from sources rarely combined.
For her acclaimed debut album, On a Turquoise Cloud, she unearthed lost Duke Ellington tunes and transformed them into songs of activism and liberation. Candice has performed and recorded with many acclaimed artists including Wynton Marsalis, Philip Glass, Deepak Chopra, Wycliffe Gordon, and Ted Nash including Abyssinian Mass for Blue Engine Records. Giving a “breathtaking performance” at TED headquarters, Candice's TED Talk and musical performance, "What Drives Us" was published in 2017 to critical acclaim.
In 2017, she has been commissioned by Jazz at Lincoln Center's Education department to design and lead a performance/lecture series on jazz for City University of New York. Candice was featured as the first ever “Artist Spotlight” at Dropbox and LinkedIn headquarters. Highlighted in BET's 2016 Black Girl Power, Candice was recently profiled by NPR, sharing about revisiting Ellington in the age of Black Lives Matter.
She has performed at Lincoln Center, international music festivals such as the American Jazz Festiv'Halles at Paris’ Sunside, ARCUB Cultural Center of Bucharest, New York Hot Jazz Festival and the Women's Jazz Festival at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in Harlem. Other unique performance opportunities included New York Fashion Week, Yamaha Artist Center, the Contemporary Art Museum of Raleigh, the BET Experience and, Music at Google.
Hoyes is an international prize-winning classical singer, with American and European credits including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center's David Geffen Hall, Caramoor, Bard, and most recently, the North Carolina Opera presented her critically acclaimed solo recital.
Hoyes is an honors graduate of Harvard University, Columbia Law School, and Westminster Choir College.