New Music: Cheyenne Marie Mize

There are reasons to pay attention to new music. No wait, let me reword that. There is a definite reason to listen to new music. Her name is Cheyenne Marie Mize, and she is a multi-instrumentalist singer-songwriter based out of Kentucky.

In 2010, she released her first album, an introspective, moody compilation of songs titled Before Lately. ICheyenne Mizen 2011, she released her EP We Don’t Need, and performed at SXSW. NPR fell in love with her and listed her among their 10 “Discoveries and SXSW 2011.”

This year she released a new album on Yep Roc, Among the Grey, and visited NPR to record a Tiny Desk Concert. This was my first experience with her music.  At first glance, it’s hard to know what you’re in for.  For the first track, Mize played ukulele, the favorite instrument of hipsters everywhere, and she looks very indie chic. But once the music starts and truly gets going, you know that you are in the hands of someone who knows exactly what she is doing. Mize is powerful, without being overbearing, and unquestionably talented. Her music hearkens back to PJ Harvey—there’s a sense of depth to her music, and in the three songs featured on NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert (Raymaker, Whole Heart, and Wait for It) she spans the spectrum of emotions—from light, to melancholic, to dramatic. And with each piece, Mize used a different instrument. “It’s a blessing and a curse,” she explained in between songs, “I’ve never been able to decide which instrument to play. Sometimes it’s helpful, and sometimes it means I just have to carry a lot of things.”

Cheyenne Mize Since watching the video, I’ve been listening to almost nothing but her music, old and new. Recorded, her music is lush, and deep and sincere. This is music you can fall into.

If you do any research on her, you’ll quickly find this is not on accident. Cheyenne Mize is a music therapist, and thus can sculpt her lyrics to fit the energy of the music.

And every album has outstanding tracks. My personal favorite from her older material: Wishing Well. The song is impossibly catchy and bluesy, and impossible not to sing along with it.

If you have not familiarized yourself with Cheyenne Mize, take a few moments to do so. You will not regret it.

Among the Grey:

Wait for It:

Wishing Well:

And if you’ve made it this far….visit NPR All Songs Considered, as linked above, and watch her Tiny Desk Concert. Just do it.

And visit Cheyenne Mize at her home page or on facebook.

Photo Credits: 

1st image by Meagan Jordan and published in Time Out Chicago

2nd image from Dan Lubbers photoset published online. 

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2 thoughts on “New Music: Cheyenne Marie Mize

  1. frau text July 27, 2013 / 3:25 am

    Thanks so much for this, her music is exactly what I just needed to hear.
    Also I’m glad this blog is still “alive”, I’ve been following it for some time now via RSS feeds. 😀

    • riotgrrrlrevolution July 28, 2013 / 10:15 pm

      that is awesome to hear that you’ve been following it for a while! Thank you so much, your comment definitely brightened my day. I’m going to attempt to make at least one blog post happen once a week….so definitely keep dropping by! and if you have any thoughts for what I should cover, I’m always open to interesting new ideas!

      Thank you again!

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