Rhys Tivey grew up on a small horse farm in rural upstate NY to visual artists Hap Tivey and Liza Tivey. As a teenage trumpeter, he played jazz and orchestral music, performing in Carnegie Hall, Austria, Germany, Czech Republic with Albany ESYO. After graduating from NYU and studying with internationally renowned NYC jazz artists (Chris Potter, Wayne Krantz, Kenny Werner, John Scofield), he dove into developing his sound as a vocalist, songwriter, and producer, taking inspiration from earlier days of musical influence (an eclectic mix of Phil Collins, Jim Morrison, David Bowie, Tom Waits, Joni Mitchell, Tribe Called Quest, and Miles Davis), while incorporating jazz and symphonic elements absorbed during his trumpet studies. As a yoga teacher, an ambassador to his grandmother's Elizabeth Taylor AIDS foundation, and as a proponent of fighting climate change and volunteering for Citizens Climate Lobby, a mix of spirituality and activism run intertwined to his life as a maker of music. After several years of performing in LA and NYC and recording original songs with Mike Haldeman (Moses Sumney), Carter Lee (The Marias), Dillon Treacy, Jessie Bielenberg (Kandace Springs, Kiah Victoria), grammy nominated engineer Mike Tierney, and mastering engineer Alex DeTurk (D'Angelo, David Bowie), his first album debut will be an epic spring 2020 release. 

recent performance highlights


September 29: Hotel Cafe (main stage) LA

June 23: Cmon Everybody, Brooklyn

June 22: Hilo, Catskill NY

January 24: Manderlay Bar(at Sleep No More's McKittrick Hotel), NYC


Dec 12: Muchmore’s, Brooklyn

April 22: CAPITAL REGION EARTH DAY, UAlbany Campus Center, Albany

April 26: Three's Brewing, 333 Douglass St, Brooklyn

March 16: Song and Sound: Meditation and Listening Journey, Center for Remembering and Sharing, NYC

March 8: Manderlay Bar (at Sleep No More's McKittrick Hotel), NYC

Feb 27: Wonders of Nature, 131 Grand St, Brooklyn

Feb 15: Hotel Cafe, Los Angeles


August 25: Solo performance, Gagosian Gallery presents John Chamberlain Foil Sculptures @ LongHouse Reserve, Southampton, NY

July 1: C'mon Everybody, 325 Franklin Ave, Brooklyn

June 24: Midway Cafe, Boston

June 18: Mercury Lounge, 217 East Houston St. NYC

June 1: Manderley Bar at at Sleep No More's McKittrick Hotel, NYC

May 7: Song and Sound: Meditation and Listening Journey, Center for Remembering and Sharing, NYC

May 6: Motown and More showcase, 178 2nd Ave btwn 11th and 12th, NYC

May 1: Three's Brewing, NYC

April 19: Artistic Noise Art Auction Benefit, NYC

April 1: Pel's Pies, Brooklyn

March 9: Manderley Bar at at Sleep No More's McKittrick Hotel, NYC

February 14: Pianos, NYC

February 11: <EP Release show> Mercury Lounge, NYC

February 10: <EP Release show> BSP, Kingston NY

February 9: Manderley Bar at Sleep No More's McKittrick Hotel, NYC

January 4: Manderley Bar at Sleep No More's McKittrick Hotel, NYC


December 28, 8pm: C'mon Everybody, Brooklyn

December 6, 8pm: Threes Brewing, Brooklyn

November 10 - 20: On tour with The Walcotts; NYC, Philadelphia, Richmond, Atlanta, Asheville, Nashville, Dubuque, Minneapolis, Chicago

November 1: Three's Brewing, with Figure 8 Studios Residency, Brooklyn

October 8: Conkling Hall, Rensselaerville, NY 

September 20: Sofar Sounds, Brooklyn

August 25: Wilding Cran Gallery, LA

August 24: Sofar Sounds, LA

August 12 and 13: Sofar Sounds, London

June 30: Manderlay Bar at The McKittrick Hotel, Sleep No More, NYC

June 1: Sofar Sounds, secret location, NYC

May 16: Bowery Electric, downstairs, NYC  

May 13: Hotel Cafe, LA  

March 30: Mercury Lounge, NYC