Candy C. Williams
Singer. Songwriter. Storyteller. Spellbinder.
I’ve always been drawn to the music. Like most little girls who have that music in them, I’d play piano and sing and make up my own songs before I was old enough to go to school. I remember when I was about four years old my favorite songs were “Bumpin on Sunset” by Wes Montgomery and “Never Gonna Give You Up” by Jerry Butler. My teenage godsisters told me I was too young to like those songs, but I knew better. I also knew that the music in my mind would find its way out and into the world. Took a while, but here it is.
Everybody in my family could sing, and we were expected to do so. I grew up singing Italian arias and art songs along with musical theater, jazz, pop, and gospel, honing my skills with the best musicians and singers that Oklahoma City had. I loved it. Fast forward, during the day I studied as a voice major with the great Carol Brice Carey at the University of Oklahoma and gigged with the Top 40 band Jokers-Yilde at night. After graduation and a few more years of learning, I left Oklahoma City with the band Prelude for the bright lights of Dallas, TX. That’s where I grew up.
Big D, as Dallas is called, is ripe with culture and marvelous talent, and I got to throw my bit into the ring. I added theater, television, and commercials to my resume, but I gained focus many years ago when I began working with my personal wizard, Linny Nance. Linny's arrangements to my chords let me hear what I heard in my head, but better, funkier, stronger. He makes the difference. These are the songs that you hear on “Open to Love”.