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Candice Anitra Album Release Party + Special Guests Kevin Lester & The Revelations featuring Tre Williams!!
Candice Anitra hates how social constructs put people in boxes, including rigidly corrugated musical categories. Embodying the subtle rapture of Joan Armatrading, the robust confidence of Meshell Ndegeocello, and the thespian gender inquisition of Cheryl Dunye, the left-of-soul singer-songwriter bucks convention rather than live as a square peg in a round hole. Hailing from Philadelphia, the Brooklyn-based songstress was reared in a musical family whose voices were limited to home and church. When the adolescent impetus to find her own voice struck, she was stifled by her father¹s telling her she ³wasn¹t ready.²
During the tracking of Easier at his Studio G, Joel Hamilton (Soulive, Matisyahu, Blakroc, Talib Kweli, Elvis Costello, Nina Simone) swooned over Candice¹s single, ³Objectify,² and he readily signed on to helm and brought in Dub Trio to track Candice¹s 2010 full-length debut, Bark Then Bite, a critically acclaimed odyssey of dynamic sound and talent. The album included a royal remix of ³Objectify² from producer Scotty Hard, a track that flips the script on Candice¹s feeling degraded by men¹s lewd behavior towards her on city streets, and the video for which plays with the concept of gender roles and has become a controversial conversation piece garnering thousands of views. Her video for ³ "Too Much Woman"² also makes a statement and is attracting ever more views, as Candice literally draws a box around those who direct derogatory and inhibiting comments towards her.
Most recently, Candice has headed back to Studio G with Hamilton to record her remarkable sophomore effort, Big Tree, mastered by ³Big Bass² Brian Gardner (credits include everyone - from Madonna to Stevie Wonder, The Black Eyes Peas to Eminem, Bill Withers and Bob Marley). Backed by an acoustic guitar loop and earthy bass line, Candice uses the title track to highlight the parallels between the human being and one of nature¹s most sturdy species of flora. The supercharged lead single ³ "Love Sick"² probes the media¹s influences on youth sexualization, while the tender a cappella ballad ³I Hear Music² is a breathtaking ode to the enchanting musicality of a lover¹s voice. Collectively and individually, the tracks on Big Tree are a mellifluous yet audacious blend of the delicious oft overlooked spaces between the genres. Taking the emotional bumps in the road and sewing a thread of commonality through them using euphonic bits of this and that is a sacred pastiche art that Candice Anitra has mastered simply by looking within.
Candice Anitra Official Website All the way from Singapore making his U.S debut, Kevin Lester is a rapper, songwriter, producer and frontman of Asia's Hip Hop superband SIXX as well as ELLE Singapore's Music Act of the Year.
The Revelations featuring Tre Williams represent the raw essence of classic southern soul, with a sharp modern edge.