Candice Hoyes is an artist of "chill-inducing range" (Vogue) across genre, medium, and style. Her music was featured in Carnegie Hall's 2022 Timeline of African American Music, distinguished for "her scholarship on such luminaries of African American cultural history represent[ing] a noticeable departure from the usual practice of isolating creativity and critical analysis, and the textures of her sound exemplify Afrofuturism as well." Candice is currently a 2022 MAP Fund recipient, and recently, a 2021 Woodshed Network Women in Jazz Fellow and 2020 NYC Women's Fund grantee.
Born to Jamaican parents, Candice is a soprano, producer, songwriter, filmmaker, and archivist mutually steeped in exploring the untold stories of her heritage. She began composing for herself after her start as an award-winning singer (including First Place in, International Paul Robeson Opera Competition). Candice has collaborated with Chaka Khan, Wynton Marsalis, and Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, Theaster Gates, Phillip Glass, Natasha Diggs, Makaya McCraven, Lalah Hathaway, and Lin-Manuel Miranda. Her song "Zora's Moon" is the theme song of Truth Be Told, the podcast created/hosted by Tonya Mosley of NPR's Fresh Air. Candice is a model for painter Amy Sherald's 2022 exhibit "The World We Make" at Hauser & Wirth London. Her recent performances include Carnegie Hall, Detroit Symphony, Springfield Symphony (OH), Jazz at Lincoln Center, Caramoor, NYC JazzFest, and Blue Note.
As an activist, she collaborates with the Feminist Press, Well-Read Black Girl, Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights in Law, Harlem Arts Alliance, Women in Music, and numerous grassroots organizations. She has produced her feminist performance lecture series for Jazz at Lincoln Center and CUNY for three consecutive seasons. Candice has been published by Shondaland, Columbia Journal of Gender and Law, and the Los Angeles Review of Books, and spoken and performed at TED HQ. Candice is an honors graduate of Harvard University, Columbia Law School, and a lecturer at Jazz at Lincoln Center. Candice releases her experimental jazz album, "Nite Bjuti" (pronounced night beauty) on July 28, 2023, and the first single, with video directed by Candice, "Mood (Liberation Walk)" is now available everywhere you listen.