TEDtalk|NYC What Drives Us

TEDtalk|NYC What Drives Us


Candice Hoyes is an impassioned vocalist, public speaker and educator, and 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, and the Harvard Alumni Association. She has led educational initiatives and taught across the US including Jazz at Lincoln Center, United Nations School, as well as numerous museums, cultural centers, and public schools for all ages. She has currently become an endorsed artist by Earthworks High Definition Microphones.


TED Talk | NYC "What Drives Us"                                                 Washington Post Interview with Candice

NPR Interview with Candice Hoyes                                            Manrepeller Interview with Candice Hoyes

New York Post - Candice and Vivrant Beauty                      CVNC - Candice Revives Rare Ellington Songs

Candice on Billy Strayhorn

LARB - Candice interviews Wynton Marsalis for her two-part essay series


On a Turquoise Cloud marks the alluring debut album of American jazz vocalist Candice Hoyes.  Climbing to #10 on the American Jazz Charts, On a Turquoise Cloud interprets rare songs virtually unrecorded since Ellington’s own recordings. Produced by two-time GRAMMY® award winner Ulysses Owens, Jr., the album has garnered critical acclaim for both Hoyes and her exceptional octet. 

Ellington created these high-flying songs to showcase versatile divas Adelaide Hall, Kay Davis, and Alice Babs, and this gifted ensemble reimagines them with a distinctly contemporary sound. These are the songs where swing first met classical, and they were a blueprint for much of today’s best musical theater, opera, and art song.

Hoyes, a rising star in this generation of vocalists, is devoted to adding this missing piece to the Ellington legacy. To find the song manuscripts, Hoyes pursued months of archival research.

The supple vocal lines of On a Turquoise Cloud infuse the signature Ellington harmonies with a sultry femininity, setting these tunes apart in his songbook. On a Turquoise Cloud brings a stunning corner of Ellington to light again, offering a fresh and stylish reading that ensures this music has new life.

Candice Hoyes / Vocalist Ted Nash / Alto Saxophone, Alto Flute, And Clarinet Ron Blake / Tenor Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone, And Flute Carl Maraghi / Bass Clarinet & Baritone Saxophone Marcus Printup / Trumpet Vincent Gardner / Trombone Adam Birnbaum / Piano Yasushi Nakamura / Bass Ulysses Owens Jr. / Drums & Percussion | Special Guests Joe Temperley / Bass Clarinet (Single Petal Of A Rose) Wycliffe Gordon / Trombone (Almighty God)