By Sherif Badr
I threw it all at Candice - Puff The Magic Dragon, One Republic's Counting Stars (she had under 5 mins to Google the lyrics and test a few notes), Beyonce's XO and even Disney's Let it go. There doesn't seem to be anything she can't sing like an angel. Watch closely for her new EP #AgainstConcreteWalls set to release on July 29th.
Like the other great artists we've interviewed like Pluto or Reid from My Darkest Days and Streetlight Social, I found immense generosity in Candice. I was truly spoiled when her guitarist and herself came over for what ended up being a small show in my living room.
One thing that distinguishes Candice as an artist is how much formal training she received. While many in all art forms claim that being self-taught is not much different than getting taught, my experience is that there is a difference - perhaps not in talent, but in work ethic, professionalism and sheer stamina to produce.
Since she first sang Puff the Magic Dragon in elementary school at the age of 8, she's been graduating from one music program to another, learning Opera (hence the big voice) at Brandon University's Faculty of Music and then Jazz and Pop at Grant MacEwan College in Edmonton Alberta. After her interview, I had her sing nonstop, some songs more than once, for your enjoyment. "Do you need a break?" I asked often, feeling slightly guilty. Her guitarist politely told me that this is no big deal for performers used to long shows. I love meeting tenacious, talented people like Candice and Neil. How do you think they did?
Neil Whitford has ridiculous finger-style and guitar pick skills. He made that guitar sing for Sand! #AgainstConcreteWalls is marked in our calendars (July 29th). While the album will be released worldwide on iTunes July 29th, the PRESALE has already started on itunes AND as an added bonus, anyone purchasing the album during the presale, will be able to download her latest single "Go On" right away free!