Australia’s pop singing sensation Candice Alley has taken the down under by storm. Candice’s voice is truly amazing. Her sound is pop but has a little rock n’ roll mixed in which gives it depth and flavor. I immediately fell in love with her singles “Be For You Go” and “Falling”. Her talents go way beyond singing. Candice is a song writer and plays the acoustic guitar and piano. At the age of 14 Candice taught her self how to the play the piano by ear and later taught her self how to the guitar. With an album already under her belt she is ready to introduce the world to her music. Well Candice, the world is most definitely waiting for you so show them what you got.
SayWhatNews: Hi Candice, thanks so much for taking the time and speaking with SayWhatNews. So tell me about Candice Alley. Who are you?
Candice: I am an independent artist in Australia; my passion is writing songs and performing. It’s something I’ve done from an early age and it’s all I’ve ever wanted to do. I love all music so to be able to create it is so rewarding to me.
SayWhatNews: Where did you grow up?
Candice: I grew up in Melbourne, Australia. A great place to grow up in as a child, I have lots of happy memories with my family.
SayWhatNews: When did you realize your love for music?
Candice: When I was very little I can remember singing and dancing around the house every day and what was fun for me turned into a more serious road as I got older. I began writing songs through my teenage years and performed anywhere I could. I ended up getting signed on my 18th birthday and recorded my first album in the UK.
SayWhatNews: Growing up who were your musical influences?
Candice: When I was really little artists like Michael Jackson and Madonna were huge so they influenced me a lot. Later on I was into everything from Elton John to Sheryl Crow, David Grey, Elliott Smith, Rolling Stones, The Eagles and so many more.
SayWhatNews: Is it true that at the age of 14 you taught yourself how to play the piano by ear?
Candice: I had a couple of lessons in the beginning then I decided to go off from there and explore the piano myself which furthered my playing a lot more because training your ear is something no one can teach you but yourself.
SayWhatNews: What influenced you to start playing the acoustic guitar?
Candice: A lot of artists I was listening to had guitar driven albums and I wanted to pick up another instrument to broaden my songwriting. It definitely changed my direction in my writing which was great to explore, and I think most of my songs now are derived from the guitar.
SayWhatNews: Did you ever take any form of training to help your musical talents?
Candice: Definitely. I had singing lessons for a few years through my teens, which is important to learn how to breathe when you sing and also how to save your voice on stage.
SayWhatNews: Candice you hit the music scene with your debut single “Falling” in 2003. How were you discovered?
Candice: I was doing a showcase in Melbourne and I met a lovely man there who happened to be the Universal Chairman at the time. He really embraced my music and my sound and said he would like to sign me soon after. It was a dream come true.
SayWhatNews: Tell us what went through your mind when you learned that “Falling” claimed a Top 5 spot on the music charts?
Candice: It was a bit surreal but so exciting at the same time. It was quiet a busy time so it wasn’t until months after did I have the time to look back and think what a great achievement it was for me.
SayWhatNews: After the success of your hot single “Falling”, your debut album “Colorblind” went on to claim the Top 20 spot. How surreal was the moment when you learned the news?
Candice: Fantastic. The album meant so much to me too being able to record and write in London; a great experience.
SayWhatNews: What was it like supporting the talented Enrique Iglesias Australian Tour?
Candice: He was very professional and such a lovely person. I remember he came and watched me do my sound check one day and was very complimentary to my music.
SayWhatNews: Candice, you write your own songs; does song writing come natural for you?
Candice: Songwriting’s always come naturally to me I guess because it doesn’t feel like I’m working or doing something that’s pre meditated. I know I’m my happiest when I’m sitting at my piano or playing my guitar and it’s what I love to do. I feel lucky.
SayWhatNews: How is it that you are left handed but you play the guitar with your right hand?
Candice: I am left handed but I guess in a right handed world I just picked it up that way, everyone I knew had right handed guitars and I didn’t have one so I used to play theirs. It doesn’t feel any different because I’ve learnt that way I guess.
SayWhatNews: Candice, you just recently finished recording your sophomore album and you got to work with producer Michael Szumowski? What was that experience like?
Candice: Michael was great to work with because he listened and we both talked about each track before we went ahead. I think he knew it was at times a stressful experience for me because initially when you write songs and do demos you’re so used to the rawness of each song, it’s hard to go through the production stage and get used to hearing your songs with a massive sound behind them. Once that’s done it’s so rewarding hearing the final product come together.
SayWhatNews: Candice, you returned to the music scene an Independent Artist. What happened that caused you to become Independent?
Candice: I think being with a major label was great however some changes within the company went on so I felt it was best to part ways. Being an independent artist certainly has its challenges however I feel lucky I’ve been able to call the shots on this album and create something that I’ve always wanted.
SayWhatNews: I read that you would love to work on a project/duet with either rapper Eminem or Nelly. Why do you want to work with them?
Candice: I think the contrast would be an interesting one. At first it was a lot of people that would suggest collaborating with an Eminem or a Nelly, and then the idea kind of stuck with me.
SayWhatNews: Would you ever consider acting?
Candice: Definitely. I really respect the work of actors and because movies are such a part of our lives I think we take for granted the talent that some actors really have. I think you need to have a good understanding of people to really play a character too.
SayWhatNews: On your official website you have a diary for your fans to see what’s going on with you on a daily basis. Why a diary?
Candice: Well firstly my husband’s a two time Olympic Swimming Gold Medalist who will be swimming at Beijing Olympics 2008, and we get so many questions come through on my site about us so we thought we should do a daily diary, kind of like a reality show without the cameras to let people know what we’ve been up to.
SayWhatNews: Candice, tell us something about yourself no one knows. And what do you like to do for fun?
Candice: Go out for a drink with friends and have fun.
SayWhatNews: What’s in the future for Candice Alley?
Candice: Hopefully get to take my music to the rest of the world and perform as much as possible.
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