Aged 24, Candice is no stranger to the music and media business, having spent most of her adult life in the spotlight as a TV and media personality in South Africa. Although this has made her a household name in South Africa, around 3 years ago Candice started to consider a move into music, and began speaking to local record companies. She chose to join Musketeer because of Brian O’Shea’s considerable reputation as SA’s foremost producer.
The path to create a unique musical style for Candice led her to hook up with Clive Young, an Australian songwriter and producer and former Australian songwriter of the year. This relationship developed so well that Brian O’Shea decided to take an executive production role in the project, and give Clive more time working with Candice to develop her songwriting skills, as well as giving Clive the opportunity to produce the entire album.
Candice and Clive’s songwriting partnership has developed to such a level that they have the ability to mix cutting lyrics with screaming rock guitars, whilst maintaining an accessible and radio friendly sensibility. Candice and Clive have co-written five tracks on the album, with Clive contributing a further 2 co-writes, one with Chrissie Amplett from the Divinyls and the stand-out and lead single Hello with R.Kane. Another notable mention is Disappointed, written by Shelly Pieken (whose song writing credits include international hits “What A Girl Wants” and “Bitch”).
The album was produced in Australia and South Africa, using the best local musicians, and mixed by Paul Gomersall (who has worked on tracks for Blur, Sinead O Connor, Eric Clapton and George Michael amongst many others).
Candice’s ambitions lie beyond conquering the South African music market and she is now looking for an international record deal to further her career. Candice has a German passport and a US green-card and is prepared in 2003 to move to either Europe or the USA to further her music career.
Candice will perform her debut tour dates in March 2003 in South Africa and feels that touring is the best way for her to express herself creatively. Candice also has an ambition to develop her acting career, having recently played a role in a South African film production of the Shakespeare play, Othello, which adds to her extensive film and TV career.
She has recently signed a worldwide management deal with Aaron Moore in London, formerly of EMI and Ministry of Sound.