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On a Turquoise Cloud - New Album of Rare Ellington Songs for Soprano

On a Turquoise Cloud marks the alluring debut album of American soprano Candice Hoyes, in collaboration with two-time GRAMMY® award winner Ulysses Owens, Jr. and an exceptional octet. This song collection has gone virtually unrecorded since Ellington’s originals.

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.

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“The musical aspects were exactly right…American Candice Hoyes as Cecchina for the expressive tenderness of her singing…and nobility of style…”

– L’Opéra Magazine (IT)

About Candice Hoyes

Candice Hoyes invokes classical and jazz influences to express her unique style. In Spring 2015, Candice will release her debut album, On a Turquoise Cloud, an enchanting collection of Duke Ellington’s rarely recorded songs for soprano. The album features new arrangements and performances by several of this generation’s jazz luminaries.

Born of Jamaican parents and raised in South Florida, Candice attended Harvard, where she won the Fitzie Prize, providing her voice lessons at Boston Conservatory. She subsequently trained at Lorin Maazel’s Castleton Festival for Young Artists in Opera. Candice has a Masters in Voice Pedagogy from Westminster Choir College, and has led education outreach initiatives across the U.S. Her classical repertory spans from Baroque to contemporary, including a recent world premiere opera by Philip Glass and Matt Aucoin at BAM’s Gilman Opera House, and Daniel Sonenberg’s The Summer King.

“First-rate….quite moving”

– Portland Press Herald