Misty Boyce has one foot in two worlds—a singer-songwriter known for thought-provoking, soul-searing takes on love, life and loss; and a highly regarded touring musician performing with iconic artists like Sara Bareilles, Joy Williams (The Civil Wars), Ingrid Michaelson and rising electro-pop-rocker BØRNS.
A New Mexico native, she began songwriting at a very young age. “I was drawn to the romance of a life as a musician and just wanted to write songs for Reba McEntire,” she says. She went on to study jazz piano at the University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music, but came back to songwriting after graduation.
Misty Boyce began her professional music career as the keyboardist for The Naked Brothers Band (Nickelodeon), marking her national television debut on The View and The Today Show in 2008.
She signed with a small label briefly and released her self-titled debut full-length album in early 2010, citing influences ranging from Tori Amos to Radiohead to Miles Davis. The disc also features a duet with acclaimed singer-songwriter Ari Hest on the song “All You Need Is Here.”
After a two-year break, during which she quit music, returned to music, ended a long-term relationship, and moved from New York City to Los Angeles, Boyce released her Tough Love EP in March of 2012.
Boyce spent most of 2013/14 on tour with Sara Bareilles, supporting her album The Blessed Unrest, nominated for Grammy Album of the Year. She accompanied Bareilles during her moving “Smile” tribute on the 2014 Emmy Awards broadcast, and opened for Bareilles’ Little Black Dress Tour at sold out shows in New Zealand, Japan and Singapore.
In 2013 she returned to the studio and started recording in Eastbourne, UK with producer Dave Izumi. She released her second full-length album, The Life in January 2015, earning high praise with Baeblemusic, Daytrotter, Paste, Music Times, Fourculture Magazine. Said The Huffington Post, “The Life is a powerful, exhilarating follow-up…. as a writer, Boyce aims for the dark and mysterious, but executes many of her songs in such an uplifting manner that you can't help but embrace them.”
Tour dates followed in both the US and Germany and then it was back on the road with Joy Williams. After opening for Williams’ sold out Venus LP release at New York’s Gramercy Theater, Misty headed back to the place she loves most—her LA home studio, friends, and her favorite coffee shops to write in.
And then the phone rings, and once again she’s off to Europe, Australia, Russia, and appearances on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon with indie-pop sensation BØRNS; followed by festivals and prestigious opening slots for Mumford and Sons and The Lumineers.
While on the road, Boyce continued writing and recording new songs and videos supported by fellow artists she adores, including Dan Molad of LUCIUS, Josh Grange, and Lera Lynn, the heartbreaking, sultry crooner seen on True Detective, Season 2. Boyce hopes to release new music produced by Lynn and Grange in 2017.