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Candye Kane - A fighter, a lover, a vagabond ...

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Candye Kane believes the universe makes no mistakes. She doesn’t view a stereotypical patriarchal God seated on a velvet throne in flowing white robes granting wishes and deciding who will live or die. Kane believes the universe, or your higher power or whatever you feel comfortable calling it, has already made decisions and already knows what you are capable of, long before you take your first step or have your first all night cry over the rejection of a girl or boy at school. The universe has already strengthened you for the most radical endurance race of all...LIFE.

In 1983, Candye was a teenage mom from the poor side of Los Angeles, it was welfare and food stamps by day, hard drug use and nude modeling by night, while at the same time yodeling and moshing alongside groundbreaking punk bands like the Circle Jerks, X and FEAR in Hollywood’s underground music scene. To help pay the bills she appeared on the covers of Hustler and High Society, whilst peddling her cassettes of original hillbilly music to anyone who would listen along the Venice, CA Boardwalk.

It didn’t take long before Candye signed a management deal with The Halsey Agency, the first agency to promote American music behind the Iron Curtain, she became close friends with Dave Alvin, Marty Stuart and Dwight Yoakum who wisely encouraged her to always be honest about her colorful past. "Be yourself Candye. It's what you're good at" said Yoakum.

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Promotional Materials

Coming Out Swingin' album cover

Get some Candye in your iPod!
Candye Kane

More materials, including a poster for venues, coming soon!

Join the jubilation by booking a Candye Kane shindig today!

For Bookings:

Piedmont Talent, Inc.
Lori Haynes
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 - Best Country Artist/ L.A. Weekly Music Awards
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
1995 Best Blues Band/ San Diego Music Awards
1996 Best Cabaret Swing Artist/ California Music Awards
1997 Best Blues Band/ San Diego Music Awards
1998 Artist Of The Year/ San Diego Music Awards
1999 Buzz Magazine Award/ One of L.A.'s 100 coolest people
2000 Best Entertainer/ San Diego Nicky Awards
2001 Best Blues Band/ San Diego Music Awards
2001 Nomination - Best OUT Song/ Gay Lesbian American Music Awards/ NYC
2002 Best Blues Band Award/ San Diego Music Awards
2002 Nomination - Best OUT Song/ Gay Lesbian American Music Awards
2003 Best Blues Band CD of the Year/ San Diego Music Awards
2003 Trophees France Blues/ International Chanteuse
2003 Trophees France Blues/ International Artist of the Year
2005 OUT Music Award/ Best Out Song
2005 Best Blues Band Award/ San Diego Music Awards
2005 Sexual Intelligence Award/ Marty Klein/ Sex Institute
2006 Nomination - Best Blues Band/ San Diego Music Awards
2007 Nomination - Best Contemporary Blues Female/ National Blues Foundation Award
2007 Winner Best Blues Song- I’m My Own Worst Enemy/ West Coast Songwriters Association
2007 Rainbow Radio Best Bisexual Performer Award
2008 Nomination - Best Contemporary Blues Female/ National Blues Foundation Awards/
2008 Nicky Award/ San Diego Gay Community Awards
2008 Billboard World Song Competition/ Honorable Mention/ Finalist/ Top 1500
2009 Nomination - CD Of The Year/ OUT Music Award/
2009 Billboard Top Ten Blues Charts/ #10 Debut / August 10, 2009
2009 Nomination - Best Blues Release/ San Diego Music Awards
2010 Nominations - Best Contemporary Blues Female, Contemporary Blues Album, Entertainer of the Year/ National Blues Foundation WC Handy Awards
2010 Nomination - Best Contemporary Female/ Blues Blast Magazine Award
2011 Nomination - Best Jazz CD Of The Year for: One Night in Belgium, Candye Kane and Sue Palmer/ San Diego Music Awards

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