"Young Hearts Run Free: The First Lady of Southern Soul"

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It's Time To Be Free

This is an autobiography about a young girl’s determination, tenacity and insurmountable spirit to succeed in spite of life’s innumerable challenges and roadblocks. This book is about tragedy and triumphs. As a single mother, Candi raised five children alone while maintaining a successful singing career.

She made it through four failed abusive marriages with insensitive partners, facing many life-threatening moments, yet she managed to survive. She was molested at nine years old by a family member, which started a domino effect for most of her adult life and spiraled downward with multiple bad decisions and choices. This book will give you hope, courage, and the will to get through any of life’s battles you too may be facing. This must read book will make you laugh and cry as you take this amazing journey through the life and times of Candi Staton.

Candi Staton started her professional career at the age of twelve years old in a children’s group called the Jewel Trio, where she shared the stage with such greats as Sam Cook, Aretha Franklin, Five Blind Boys, The Staple Singers, Lou Rawls, Mahalia Jackson, and The Dixie Hummingbirds just to name a few. She has been nominated for five Grammy awards and inducted into three different Halls Of Fame in her colorful career. These are just a few accomplishments of this amazing woman.
She lives in the Atlanta, Georgia area.

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Soul music legend Candi Staton just finished her sold-out, “Young Hearts Run Free 40th Anniversary” concert tour of Europe and is now prepping to release her first gospel album since 2008’s “I Will Sing My Praise To You.” The electric, all original fifteen-track set “It’s Time To Be Free” (Beracah Records) released globally on July 22nd at all major digital download providers and brick and mortar retail stores.


Staton wrote or co-wrote all but one of these passionate tracks.  The album opens with her club collaboration with Spain’s veteran DJ David Penn, “Shout Out, Hallelujah.” That’s not the only dance floor ditty either. Staton does a new vocal and funky techno arrangement of her UK anthem “You Got The Love” as her grandson Brandon Williams gives the 2006 cut “It’s Your Season” a fresh urban club mix.


Staton supplies bluesy, old school church arrangements to the upbeat “What You Don’t Master, Will Master You” and the rocking “Put It Back.” There’s a bit of a vaudeville groove on “Cleaning Out My Closet”  “Staton tackles social commentary on the funky “I Wonna Holla” and domestic abuse on the opus-like “The Veil of Silence.”  The tunes “I Love You More Today” and “I Have A Dream” are soulful mid-tempo affirmations.  “Some Call It Mercy” is a rousing Caribbean rumba while the title cut is an aching plea for the self-preservation Staton sang about in her 1976 gem “Young Hearts Run Free.” Staton delivers wailing vocals on the southern soul tunes “Can’t You Hear Him Calling?,” “I Made It This Far” and “That’s All I Can Do.”


Staton has sung professionally since the age of ten when she joined The Jewel Gospel Trio that toured the world in the 1950s and shared stages with gospel greats such as Mahalia Jackson and Sam Cooke & The Soul Stirrers. Staton launched her solo career in 1969 when she signed with FAME Records and released a dozen Top Ten R&B hits with the Muscle Shoals sound such as “I’m Just A Prisoner (Of Your Good Lovin’)” and “Stand By Your Man.”  She finished the `70s decade as a disco star with classic songs such as “Victim,” “When You Wake Up Tomorrow” and 1976’s No. 1 smash “Young Hearts Run Free.” In 1982, Staton returned to her gospel roots and hosted a Christian cable TV program for 20 years. Her 1986 gospel hit “You Got The Love” is her signature song throughout Europe where various remixes of the platinum-selling song have hit the UK Top Pop Ten in 1991, 1997 and 2006.  Since 2006, Staton has recorded three well-received Americana/Blues albums including 2014’s Top Ten hit “Life Happens.”  



Bill Carpenter at (202) 506-5051 or billcarpenter@capitalentertainment.com

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She was once known as the First Lady of Southern Soul for a string of gritty southern fried Top Ten R&B hits (I'm Just A Prisoner, Stand By Your Man, In The Ghetto) she cut at the hallowed FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals, AL during the early '70s and by the end of the decade she was hailed as a disco diva for her danceable chansons such as 1976's #1 R&B smash "Young Hearts Run Free." Then, for twenty years, Candi Staton exclusively sang gospel music before launching an Americana career with 2006's critically acclaimed CD "His Hands" (Bonnie 'Prince' Billy wrote the harrowing title track about domestic abuse). Now, the Alabama native is returning to her Muscle Shoals roots on the 27th album of her six-decade career, "Life Happens" (Beracah Records/Fame Records). Read More...

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