Candice Hoyes 2017-11-28T19:02:35+00:00

CANDICE HOYES

Vocalist

“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.

Currently Using

SR40V

SV33

Q&A with Candice

Q: How long have you been using Earthworks products?

A: Since 2015.

Q: What Earthworks products are you using?

A: I love using the SV33 and have begun recording with it this year. I began with Earthworks using the SR40V, which was a wonderful microphone as well.

Q: Favorite Earthworks product?

A: Definitely the SV33!

Q: What is your favorite thing about Earthworks products and their performance?

A: The best way to describe the way I use the SV33 is that I never have to consider it when I play. It expresses all shades of the vocal spectrum, and in effect it’s just an extension of the voice. As a vocalist you’re free to play with the whole dynamic range.

Q: Best tip for using Earthworks?

A: For the vocalist, just sing in the most natural way possible. The microphone is remarkable and all you need is phantom power to do your thing.

Q: Career highlights?

A: Performing at Carnegie Hall, BETExperience and Jazz at Lincoln Center. In 2018, I am looking forward to the global release of a French documentary film for TV5 Monde which I am featured in.

The Exclusive First Listen

Get the first impressions of the new SV33 Studio Vocal Microphone from the artist and the engineer as David Weiss from SonicScoop interviews jazz singer Candice Hoyes and 2X Grammy-nominated producer Roman Klun.

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