Cheyenne Marie Mize
Fiona Apple, Regina Spektor, Cat Power
Her songs may not grab you by the shoulders and demand your attention off the bat, but don’t let the soft voice fool you. Mize’s delicate voice and simple song structure slowly seduce. This songstress has a commanding presence – both on record and on stage. Think of her as the Norah Jones of alternative indie folk.
Cheyenne Marie Mize is a multi-instrumentalist, an accomplished songwriter, and has one hell of an infectious voice. This laundry list of talents caught the ear of fellow Louisville musician, Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy, who asked Mize to join him as a backup singer and fiddle player on his tour. When the tour was finished Cheyenne showed Will Oldham (Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy’s real name) some recordings she’d done of old parlor songs. The idea and the recordings impressed Will, and he agreed to join the project. Eventually the two released an EP, Among the Gold, which consisted entirely of the two’s reinterpretation of late nineteenth century parlor songs.
Cheyenne has just released her debut album, Before Lately, and she’s staking a claim for herself with her own songs and her unaccompanied voice. The New York Times have already given their approval, and now she is out on the road supporting the record. She is a stunning performer who can captivate an entire room seemingly effortlessly.