A singer songwriter whose music is a passionate fusion of full-bodied rock with a dash of pop hooks and a healthy dose of swagger, Ivory Blue is an artist dedicated to breaking down barriers and defying staid conventions. A singer songwriter whose music is a passionate fusion of full-bodied rock with a dash of pop hooks and a healthy dose of swagger, Ivory Blue is an artist dedicated to breaking down barriers and defying staid conventions. As the first coming out as non-binary transgender individual with many to follow, Ivory Blue has attracted nearly as much attention for their courage as for their music. Born in the Midwest, Ivory Blue lived a nomadic existence until settling in Kansas City MO and becoming part of the local musical community. After winning a nationwide talent contest in 2017, Ivory Blue was championed by Fashion Designer and music executive John Varvatos and landed a record deal with BMLG.
Ivory Blue was born Devin Miclette in Illinois and spent most of their childhood in Indiana. They experienced a great deal of emotional turmoil as a child. Was put up for adoption at the age of 4 and lived with several foster families until adopted in the Kessler family when they were 9. After experiencing much conflict with their new family and by the time Devin was 14, they had picked up the guitar and began writing songs to make sense of their feelings. Using a tape player to layer sounds that they added to their acoustic song production, Devin began the process of making loops that later became their act on stage. At 15, Devin ran away from home and traveled across the country, playing occasional gigs when the opportunity presented itself.
In 2011, Devin settled in Kansas City, MO and began refining their performance style, using digital looping pedals to stack harmonies and guitar parts live on stage, giving their solo shows the feel of a full band and adopted the stage name Ivory Black. They quickly began attracting an intense regional following for their strong vocals and incisive, deeply personal lyrics.
By 2013, Ivory Black was playing regularly in and around Kansas City and made their recorded debut with their EP Ready Get Set that was released in 2015. While the EP helped spread the word about Ivory Black and getting attention from regional radio and TV stations, their big break would come in 2017, when they entered NeXt2Rock, a nationwide talent search to find fresh and promising rock artists. Over 1800 national bands entered to win. Ivory was among the top 5 local bands and won regional to move on to the top 5 national bands who battled it off for the win in Los Angeles at the legendary Viper Room. Ivory Black won over the judges, Scott Borchetta, John Varvatos, Chris Lord-Alge, Desmond Child, Steve Jones and Gavin Rossdale and became the grand prize winner and landed a record deal with BMLG in tandem with John Varvatos Records who re-released their song Ready Get Set from the 2015 EP. After discovering another artist using the name Ivory Black, they changed their artist name to Ivory Blue. Ivory’s 2018 re-release of Ready Get Set undauntedly received National and International airplay within weeks. Ivory Blue is now working on their first full length album to be released in 2020.
Scott Borchetta: “You exude artistry from the minute you stop on that stage”
John Varvatos: “You’re a true artist”
Desmond Child: “I love everything about you, you sing what you live, you’re fantastic”
Chris Lord-Alge: “Giving us the diamond in the rough we can only dream of, the foundation that’s built underneath it, that’s what music is made from”
Steve Jones: “You got a lot of potential”