Candi's latest CD, Shout Out, Hallelujah, Now Available on iTunes!
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)