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Candi's latest CD, Life Happens, Now Available

Soul music legend Candi Staton's third foray into Triple A and Americana music, finds her reuniting with legendary FAME Records producer Rick Hall who produced her Grammy Award nominated early '70s hits such as "Stand By Your Man" and "In The Ghetto." The 14-track set (the physical CD features 15 tracks) paints the arc of a romance from its beautiful beginning to its bitter end. The hard-hitting songs about life and love range from country rock and southern soul to low down blues.

The album opens with "I Ain't Easy to Love," a raw and thrilling collaboration with John Paul White of The Civil Wars and Jason Isbell of the 400 Unit. There are country-flavored tunes such as "Go Baby Go" and "Even the Bad Times Are Good." There are bouncy contemporary Blues tracks such as "My Heart is on Empty" and the scorching "Three Minutes to a Relapse." There's soulful social commentary on "Have You Seen the Children?" and "A Better World Coming." It all closes on a pulsating funk note with "Where I'm At." It's Candi Staton at her best and that's just how life happens.

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Muscle Shoals

See Candi Staton in the documentary "Muscle Shoals"

Located alongside the Tennessee River, Muscle Shoals, Alabama has helped create some of the most important and resonant songs of all time. Overcoming crushing poverty and staggering tragedies, Rick Hall brought black and white together to create music for the generations. He is responsible for creating the "Muscle Shoals sound" and The Swampers, the house band at FAME Studios that eventually left to start its own successful studio known as Muscle Shoals Sound. Candi Staton, Gregg Allman, Mick Jagger, Aretha Franklin and others bear witness to Muscle Shoals' magnetism, mystery and why it remains influential today in this acclaimed documentary. The program makes its PBS Television debut on April 21st in the USA.

Candi Staton was in the studio recording "I Ain't Easy to Love" with legendary producer Rick Hall when the "Muscle Shoals" documentary was being filmed and caught a glimpse of the duo's first collaboration in 40 years. When the documentary producer put together a promo spot for the movie on "The Late Show with David Letterman" he wanted to feature Candi with someone else to bring another dimension to the song. It was at that point that he had the notion to add Muscle Shoals superstars John Paul White of the Civil Wars and Jason Isbell of the 400 Unit to the set. The performance went so well that the trio decided to do it again for Candi's latest CD "Life Happens."

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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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