Michelle grew up in a household listening to jazz as a young child.
Even though her father was a professor in the School of
Engineering at Howard, he studied to be a jazz musician and
continued that love for the music which he passed on to her.
Michelle began her jazz vocal studies with Brother Ah and then with
Ron Elliston and Ronnie Wells. She has also studied with
Rebecca Parris and Wayne Wilentz. She has attended Master
classes with Janis Siegel (of Manhattan Transfer) and Kurt Elling.
One of the major influences on her vocal style has been Sarah
Vaughn which has been noted by the jazz musicians with whom
she has worked
Over the years, Ms. Hoyte has performed at various venues around
the Washington DC area including Twins Lounge, The Kennedy
Center, Nicaros’s Lounge, Blair Mansion Inn, El Golfo Restaurant,
and the FMJS East Coast Jazz Festival. She performed with the
Washington Civic Symphony chorus, and with Brother Ah and the
Sounds of Awareness. She also performed at fundraising events
sponsored by Washington DC Mayor, Adrian Fenty. She has b
performed in choirs for the Alpha Fraternity 2008 Presidential
Inaugural celebration event and “M.L.K.: A Monumental Life” at
Constitution Hall, a musical and theatrical celebration of Martin
Luther King’s life.