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Candye Kane - Still the Toughest Girl Alive

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Superhero is the name of Candyes’ original song and the title of her latest CD for Los Angeles based label, Delta Groove records. It is also an apt description of the jump blues singer, songwriter and mother from East Los Angeles who has earned this moniker the hard way. Nominated for four National Blues Foundation Awards (Best Contemporary Blues Female 2011) starring in a sold out stage play about her life and beating down pancreatic cancer in the last two years, Kane is one tough cookie. She has performed worldwide for presidents and movie stars but her path to success was not always glamorous or easy.
photo of Candye Kane by Alan Mercer

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Raised in a dysfunctional, blue-collar family, Candye became a teenage mother, a pin up cover girl and a punk rock, hillbilly and blues-belting anarchist by the time she was just 21 years old. Ten cds, six record labels, millions of international road miles and countless awards later, Miss Kane has proven to be a true survivor as she scrambled her way to the top of the roots music heap, creating a world renowned reputation that has spanned two decades.

A colorful mixture of the traditional and the eclectic, Kane cut her musical teeth in the early 80’s onstage with Hollywood musicians and friends, Social Distortion, Dwight Yoakum, Dave Alvin, The Blasters, X, Fear and Los Lobos, to name just a few. While raising two sons, this role model for the disenfranchised, championed large sized women, fought for the equal rights of sex workers and the GLBT community and inspired music lovers everywhere. Her fans are a mixture of true outsiders: bikers, blues fans, punk rockers, drag queens, fat girls, queers, burlesque dancers, porn fans, sex workers, rockabilly and swing dancers, grey haired hippies, sex positive feminists and everyday folk of all ages, flock to see Candye and hear her musical messages of love, hope and empowerment.

Kanes’ live shows are the stuff of legend. She honors the bold blues women of the past with both feet firmly planted in the present. She belts - growls - shouts - croons and moans from a lifetime of suffering and overcoming obstacles. She uses music as therapy and often writes and chooses material with positive affirmations that leave the audience feeling healed and exhilarated. A show that is part humor, revival meeting and sexuality celebration, she'll deliver a barrelhouse-tongue-in-cheek blues tune or a gospel ballad like Jesus and Mohammed, encouraging audiences to leave behind religious intolerance. She’ll slay the crowd with her balls out rendition of Whole Lotta Love or glorify the virtues of zaftig women with 200 pounds of fun. She often says she is a "fat black drag queen trapped in a white woman's body" and she dresses the part. Bedecked in bright colored feathers, sequins and rhinestones, Kane's performance is Mississippi by way of Las Vegas with a quick stopover in San Francisco.

Superhero album cover
available from: Delta Groove
title track from "Superhero"
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Kane’s tenth CD release, Superhero debuted at number nine on the Billboard Blues Charts. The cd continues to receive amazing reviews worldwide and was the first team effort by Kane and 27 year old guitar virtuoso, Laura Chavez who also plays in Candyes live band. Audiences love seeing two curvy gals onstage together grooving on each others vibe and Candye and Laura love to deliver the goods. With scorching, yet understated guitar work and empowering, healing and sometimes funny lyrics, Kane and Chavez are the feminist fireballs of the future. They enter the studio again in May 2011 to record Kane’s eleventh cd. This CD will be full of the songs of triumph and empowerment that have made Kane a favorite with enlightened congregations everywhere.

Candye has been included in countless Blues and Jazz Anthologies including the Rolling Stone and Musichounds Guide to Jazz and Blues and Dan Akroyds’ 30 Essential Women of the Blues. In addition to her music successes, she is an activist and philanthropist. In August 2009, she appeared in Dublin, Ireland for the World Congress for Downs Syndrome with her United by Music charity ( This project provides performance opportunities, blues history lessons and songwriting instruction to young people with disabilities, encouraging them to write their own blues songs to help them overcome their daily challenges.

A fighter par excellence, Candye’s authenticity, determination and optimism keep her shows passionate, honest and irresistible. One evening with Candye will keep the crowds happy, hopeful and coming back for more!

Join the jubilation by booking a Candye Kane shindig today!

For Bookings:

Piedmont Talent, Inc.
Steve Hecht
Phone:(704) 399-2210

People are talking about Candye!

A Blues Diva of the 20th century who can liven up any party without shedding a stitch
- People Magazine

A true celebrity diva
- New Yorker Magazine

This tough cookie wails with a rousing confidence and affirmation of identity and the courage of her convictions
- Downbeat Magazine

A serious and seriously powerful singer who lays it all on the line
- The Philadelphia Inquirer

A voice that is a natural wonder - like the Grand Canyon.
- The Washington Post

Candye Kane has that big, brassy voice that has authority and sass; the kind of thing men like because its seductive and women like because its powerful
- BB King to the San Diego Reader

If you haven't taken Candye Kane seriously before, now is the time to listen. This is a great album and the best of her career.
-Richard Ludmerer/ Blueswax

Laura Chavez is not just a rising star. She's already arrived.
- Vintage Guitar Player Magazine

An Older and Wiser blues diva
- All Music Guide

A smart sassy blues diva mama with a powerhouse voice and a generous frame
- Style Weekly

Bawdy, brassy and gloriously omnisexual, the plus sized singer belts out the blues like nobodys business
- Dallas Voice

The Most powerful and entertaining female blues singer of her generation

A natural born, supremely gifted vocalist who can sing her humanity while touching ours
- Illinois


1983 The Mentors/ Up The Dose/ Record Cover
1984 The Fiends/ We've Come for your Beer (background vocals)
1985 A Town South of Bakersfield Part II / Enigma Records compilation
1986 CBS Epic developmental deal (4 song EP never released)
1987 The Jack Daniels Lovers / Italian Band / Release Italy only (background vocals)
1992 Burlesque Swing / Self Release
1992 Let's Put The X Back in Christmas (self release with Country Dick Montana of the Beat Farmers and Kim Wilson of the Fabulous Thunderbirds.)
1993 Acoustic Variations (Local San Diego Compilation)
1994 Home Cookin' / Antone's Records / Austin, Texas
1994 Rock For Choice / Enigma Records Compilation
1995 Austin Rocks / Antone's Records Compilation
1995 Knock Out! / Antone's Records / Austin, Texas
1995 The Devil Lied To Me/ Country Dick Montana/ backing vocals
1997 Diva La Grande / Antone's - Discovery
1999 Swango / Sire Records
1999 30 Essential Women of the Blues / The House of Blues Record Label
2000 The Toughest Girl Alive / Rounder Records / Cambridge, Massachusetts
2000 Best of Doo Wop Box Set / Rhino Records
2000 This House (A Compilation CD for the Nicole Brown Simpson Foundation)
2001 Any Woman's Blues / Rounder - Bullseye Blues and Jazz
2002 Whole Lotta Love / RUF Records / Germany
2004 White Trash Girl / RUF Records / Germany
2004 Red Cross Charity Compilation / RUF records
2005 Floyd Dixon/ Wake Up! / Highjohn records/ Duet
2005 Diva La Grande / Reissue by RUF Records/ Germany
2007 Guitar'd and Feathered/ RUF Records/ Germany
2008 Ruf Records Blues Caravan DVD and CD/ RUF
2008 Songs of Peace and Protest/ Compilation/ RUF
2009 Superhero!/ Delta Groove Records

Film and Television Credits

Hidden Palms/ WB Network series
The Chris Isaak Show / HBO
Queer As Folk / Showtime
Heavy (starring Deborah Harry)
The Girl Next Door - Stacy Valentine documentary
Everything That Rises - TNT movie
HBO Sexbytes - episodes #8, 12 and 18
Strong Medicine - The Oxygen Network
Maury Povich
Montel Williams
Leeza Gibbons
Donny and Marie
Pajama Party / Oxygen Network
Penn and Teller
CNN/ The Point with Greta Van Susteran
CNN Showbiz Today
MTV News
Queen Latifah
The Love Connection
Ted Mack Amateur Hour
Talk Soup with Greg Kinnear
The Cramps video - The Ultra Twist
Dwight Yoakum video - Little Sister

Awards and Accomplishments:

1985 Nomination/ L.A. Weekly Music Awards / Best Country Artist
1986 Developmental deal with CBS Epic
1989 Student Body Vice President/ Palomar College/ San Marcos, CA
1990 Student Body Senator/ Palomar College
1991 Founded First NOW Chapter (National Organization for Women) at Palomar College
1994 Susan B. Anthony Award Recipient
1994 Best Blues Band/ San Diego Music Awards (SDMA)
1995 Best Blues Band/ SDMA
1996 Best Cabaret Swing Artist/ California Music Awards
1996 Best Blues Band/ SDMA
1997 Best Blues Band/ SDMA
1998 Artist Of The Year/ SDMA
1999 Best Blues Band/ SDMA
1999 Buzz Magazine Award/ One of L.A.'s 100 coolest people
2000 Best Entertainer/ San Diego Nicky Awards
2001 Nomination Best OUT Song/ Gay Lesbian American Music Awards/ NYC
2001 Best Blues Band/ SDMA
2002 Nomination Best OUT Song/ Gay Lesbian American Music Awards
2005 Blues CD of the Year/ SDMA
2005 Sexual Intelligence Award/ Marty Klein/ Sex Institute
2006 Nomination/ SDMA/ Best Blues Band
2007 Nomination/ National Blues Foundation Award / Best Contemporary Blues Female
2007 National Songwriter award - My own worst enemy. Best blues composition
2007 Rainbow award/ Best Bisexual musician
2008 Billboard song contest/ Honorable mention - Top 1500.
2008 Nomination/ National Blues Foundation Awards/ Best Contemporary Blues Female
2009 Nomination/ OUT Music Award/ CD of the year
2009 Billboard Top Ten blues charts/ #10 debut / August 10, 2009
2009 Nomination/ Best Blues Release/ San Diego Music Awards

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