Cheyenne Mize | Courtesy of
Cheyenne Mize | Courtesy of

For the past seven years, Cheyenne Mize has put all her energy toward music. Her first album, Among the Gold, came out in 2009 and was a collaboration with Bonnie “Prince” Billy. She followed that with two full-length solo albums and an EP, and spent a lot of time touring the country.

In between all of that, she released three albums with the trio Maiden Radio, featuring Joan Shelley and Julia Purcell.

Maiden Radio | Courtesy of Maiden Radio
Maiden Radio | Courtesy of Maiden Radio

While her music career will always be a priority, Mize has found a new passion that allows her to use her talents to help enrich the lives of others as a music therapist.

This year, Mize helped start Strive Inc., a creative wellness education center where she serves as co-executive director and music therapist. Through various workshops, classes and one-on-one sessions, she and her co-workers hope to “foster affordable growth and learning for anyone who is striving for more in life,” according to the organization’s mission.

Mize still plays gigs around town as well, and you can catch her tonight, Aug. 12, at Foxhollow Farm‘s Sunset Concert Series where she’ll perform originals as well as Beck covers along with band Curio Key Club from 6-9 p.m. The family-friendly event includes local food and drink vendors as well as activities for both children and dogs. In fact, proceeds from this month’s event go to the Oldham County Humane Society, and there will be a cutest dog contest, swag, photo booths and more. Admission is $10 and is free for children under 12.

Mize took a few minutes out of her busy schedule to answer some very important questions…

What’s the most surprising thing on your Bucket List?

Well I did the skydiving thing last year, which was pretty significant, so maybe living on a river boat?

She saw the sign.
She saw the sign.

What poster was on your wall in junior high?

Totally Ace of Base.

If you were mayor, to whom would you give the key to the city?

Nina Rodahaffer, co-executive director of Strive, for putting up with me for this long and through this amazing journey these past couple years.

What are your preferred pizza toppings?

Green olives and garlic.

If you could be any age for a week, what would it be?

80 — just to see if I want to make it that long.

"Hackers" came out in 1995.
“Hackers” came out in 1995.

What famous person do people say you resemble the most?

When I was younger, “Hackers”-era Angelina Jolie. But I think those days have passed …

Who would you most like to be stuck with in an elevator?

Probably my friend Tory. Love that woman.

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Sara Havens
Sara Havens is the Culture Editor at Insider Louisville, known around town as the Bar Belle ( She's a former editor of LEO Weekly and has written for Playboy and The Alcohol Professor. Havens is the author of two books: "The Bar Belle" and "The Bar Belle Vol. 2."