Candice Glover serves up powerful blend of love and self-empowerment on debut album
Candice Glover is best known as the winner of the twelfth season of American Idol. The R&B and gospel vocalist from Beaufort, S.C., began singing in her church, where her father was a pastor. After graduating high school in 2008, Glover attended the Technical College of the Lowcountry and University of South Carolina. She had previously auditioned for Idol seasons nine and 11 before beating put runner-up Kree Harrison in May 2013. Glover’s post-Idol debut single, ‘I Am Beautiful,’ cracked the Billboard Hot 100 at No. 93 and reached No. 13 and No. 33 on the Hot R&B Songs and Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs charts, respectively.
Music Speaks is Glover’s debut album and features her new single, ‘Cried,’ which is currently No. 18 on both the Mediabase Urban AC radio airplay chart and Billboard Adult R&B Songs chart. The 19 Recordings/Interscope Records release serves up a “sophisticated yet supremely soulful blend of love songs and self-empowerment anthems,” according to an artist bio posted CandiceGlover-Official.com. The 23-year-old artist partnered with a distinguished list of producers that includes The Underdogs (Beyoncé, Jennifer Hudson, Justin Timberlake), Mike WiLL Made-It (Rihanna, Miley Cyrus), The Jackie Boyz (Madonna, Sean Kingston), Rodney “Darkchild” Jerkins (The Black Eyed Peas, Lady Gaga), and Paul “Hotsauce” Dawson (Robin Thicke, Usher).
The “endlessly moving and deeply intimate” Music Speaks finds Glover channeling the emotional dynamism of legendary vocalists who’ve long inspired her. “My biggest influences have always been singers like Aretha Franklin, Patti LaBelle, Marvin Gaye, and Whitney Houston,” claims Glover, “the kind of people who are so heartfelt in their performance, you can just immediately feel what they’re singing.” Standout tracks on the new album that mixes soul, pop, and R&B includes the aforementioned ‘Cried’ lead single, described as an “epic heartbreaker” powered by choir-like harmonies, sweeping string-laced arrangements, and a “breathtaking mix of vocal mastery and raw emotion” that is infused into the entire album.
Notable examples include the “sprawling and shimmering” ‘Passenger’ that uplifts and inspires in its celebration of life-changing love. ‘Thank You’ twists the traditional breakup song into a “goosebump-inducing expression of gratitude for the transformative power of pain.” The track ‘Kiss Me’ shows Glover’s more seductive side, and ‘Love Song’ turns the classic Cure hit into an “aching piano ballad, harnessing the same passion that fueled her widely praised Idol performance of the song.” The album also reveals Glover’s “stunning versatility” on tracks such as ‘Die Without You,’ ‘Same Kind of Man,’ and ‘In the Middle.’
Glover says she hopes to channel her newfound self-confidence into her ongoing journey as a singer. “I’ve had the experience of feeling like I’m not good enough and I’ve overcome that, and now I want to help other people overcome it too,” she says. Glover notes that many of her fans have already reached out to tell her after finding inspiration in earlier single, ‘I Am Beautiful,’ which is described as a “tough but tender tribute to self-acceptance.” An acoustic version of the song also closes out Music Speaks. “One of the things I value most as a singer is connection with the people I’m singing for,” reveals Glover. “I want people to feel what I’m singing and know that I’ve really been through what I’m singing about, and to find something in my songs that makes them feel good, and maybe even helps them out in their own way.”
Watch the official music video for ‘Cried,’ the new single from Candice Glover off the American Idol winner’s debut album, Music Speaks.
As A Matter of Fact…
* Candice Rickelle Glover was born November 22, 1989, in Beaufort, South Carolina. She was a shy child who would only sing for her parents—and even then asked them to listen in from the other side of her closed bedroom door.
* Glover is a self-taught vocalist who began singing at age four. She worked through her stage fright by performing in her school chorus and as a frequent soloist in her church choir.
* Candice Glover first delighted audiences with her dynamic voice at a fifth grade Christmas pageant. After devoting much of her adolescence to performing in talent shows and at church, Glover briefly studied psychology after high school, but left college to audition for American Idol.
* After being eliminated from early rounds of American Idol Season 9 and Season 11, Glover made Season 12’s live rounds and impressed the audience and celebrity judges with inspiring renditions of Ben E. King’s ‘I (Who Have Nothing)’ and Emeli Sandé’s ‘Next to Me.’
* Glover is the first female winner of American Idol since Jordin Sparks won in 2007. She is alswo the fourth African-American winner in American Idol history as well as and the only winner to have auditioned three times before making it to the live shows.