Brooklyn-based singer/songwriter Candice Hoyes has a remarkable ability to transform classic works of art into unique and important musical interpretations. Her five-octave warm and rich vocals highlight stories of feminist triumphs, racial reckoning, and journeys into womanhood.
In “Zora’s Moon”, Hoyes dives into a divine declaration of black femininity, taking influence from feminist author Zora Neale Hurston and even sampling a radio conversation with the trailblazer. Hoyes told WBUR, “It’s a circle of female empowerment, of affirmation, where you can look to be felt and heard when you speak and when you explore new ideas. It’s an expansive, intellectual and spiritual space.” Hoyes continues, “It was very powerful for me to be able to take those risks, and I feel like it really shaped the artist I am now.”
Now she has enlisted the help of acclaimed DJ and producer, Natasha Diggs, to unveil a remix of her highly acclaimed “Zora’s Moon”. The 90’s house inspired single is full of funk, deep seductive bass, and jazzy vocals that is sure to inspire a trip to the dance floor, while simultaneously eliciting contemplation. The partnership between the two is cosmic, with Diggs’ vibrant and intricate production underlying Hoyes’ passionate vocals and inspired storytelling, culminating into a must-hear release.
Candice Hoyes is not only a singer/songwriter, but also an activist and producer. Along with her musical releases, Hoyes is making waves with her feminist performance series Jazz at Lincoln Center and CUNY, and is a key collaborator of TED, Michelle Obama’s When We All Vote, National Black Theater, Feminist Press, Well Read Black Girl, Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights in Law, Lower Eastside Girls Club, Women in Music, and other amazing grassroots organizations.
Take a listen to the new remix of “Zora’s Moon” from Candice Hoyes and Natasha Diggs and tell us what you think on Twitter @celebmix.