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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.”
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After a seven-year absence from the U.S. gospel scene, the 4x Grammy Award nominated recording artist Candi Staton is back with her first U.S. gospel radio single since 2008. The new song “Shout Out, Hallelujah” (Beracah Records) is a collaboration with one of Spain’s top House Music DJs, David Penn (Mariah Carey, Adeva, Boy George). Penn remixed ferocious versions of Staton’s classic tune “Hallelujah Anyway” that topped European dance charts in 2013. “We’ve never even met.” Staton says of Penn. “He doesn’t speak much English so we talk via email. He’ll send me a track and I’ll write lyrics to it or I’ll send him my a cappella vocals and he creates these wonderful sounds around my voice that I’d never even imagine.”
The rousing “Shout Out, Hallelujah” anchors Staton’s forthcoming gospel album “It’s Time To Be Free” (Beracah Records). “Most of my gospel hits have been ballads,” says Staton. “I’ve never been known as a ballad singer in the mainstream market. I’ve always included dance-styled songs on my gospel albums but radio wouldn’t play them in the `80s and `90s. My new radio team feels this is a good time and that gospel radio will be more receptive now than they have been in the past. I think it’s great to wake up and Shout, Hallelujah.”
This new spiritual anthem comes amid Staton’s 40th anniversary celebration of her 1976 million-seller “Young Hearts Run Free.” The No. 1 Billboard R&B Singles hit was the start of the dance world’s love affair with Staton. The singer’s dance roots that stretch all the way back to club classics such as “Run To Me,” “When You Wake Up Tomorrow” and “Victim.” Her European signature tune “You Got The Love” hit the British Top Ten Pop chart with various remixes in 1991, 1997 and again in 2006. Florence & The Machine and Joss Stone have both covered it. After teaming with the British dance duo Groove Armada, Staton returned to the Top Ten of the American dance charts with “Love Sweet Sound” in 2008. In 2012, Staton enjoyed another international dance hit with “Hallelujah Anyway” remixes by German DJ Larse and the Chicago’s late Godfather of House Music Frankie Knuckles.
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...
- 2014 Life Happens (Beracah/Fame)
- 2011 Who’s Hurting Now? (Honest Jons/Forced Exposure)
- 2011 Evidence:emi The Complete Fame Records Masters (Ace Records)
- 2009 Who’s Hurting Now? (Honest Jons/EMI)
- 2008 I Will Sing My Praise to You (Beracah/Emtro)
- 2006 His Hands (Honest Jons/EMI)
- 2004 Candi Staton (Honest Jons/EMI)
- 2002 Proverbs 31 Woman (Beracah/WEA)
- 2001 Christmas in My Heart (Beracah/WEA)
- 2000 Here’s A Blessing (Beracah/WEA)
- 1999 Outside In (React Records)
- 1995 The Best of Candi Staton (Warner Bros. Records)
- 1995 It’s Time (Beracah/Intersound)
- 1997 Cover Me (Beracah/CGI)