Straddling two musical worlds, that of the solo artist and a highly regarded touring musician known for playing well with others, Misty Boyce embodies the life she fantasized about growing up in New Mexico. Dreaming of one day writing songs for Reba McEntire and singing like Mariah Carey, Misty landed somewhere all her own, known for thought-provoking, soul-searing takes on love, life, and loss, sung with a voice pure in intent.
After studying jazz piano at the University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music, Misty began her professional career in 2008 when she joined Nat and Alex Wolff of Nickelodeon’s The Naked Brothers Band as keyboardist. In 2010, Misty released her self-titled debut full-length album, citing influences ranging from Tori Amos to Radiohead to Miles Davis, collaborating with acclaimed singer-songwriter Ari Hest for “All You Need Is Here.” In 2012, she left a broken heart in New York City for the sparkle and stars of Los Angeles, releasing her Tough Love EP soon after. Her second full-length album, The Life, came out in January 2015 to high praise. “The Life is a powerful and exhilarating follow-up,” says the Huffington Post. “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.”
Misty has lent her voice and dexterous finger work for artists like Ingrid Michaelson, Joy Williams (of The Civil Wars), and Sting. She toured with Sara Bareilles from 2013-2014 in support of the Grammy-nominated album The Blessed Unrest, even opening for the singer on the Little Black Dress Tour to sold out shows in New Zealand, Japan, and Singapore. Then, in fall 2015, it was on to support electro-pop-rocker BØRNS at shows and festivals across the globe, opening for Mumford and Sons and The Lumineers and even performing on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon.
Writing her own work while on the road, Misty found time to record new material with artists she adores—Dan Molad of LUCIUS, Josh Grange, and Lera Lynn, the heartbreaking, sultry crooner seen on season 2 of True Detective—and is looking forward to releasing new music produced by Lynn and Grange later this year.