Candice made it to Hollywood on American Idol on season 11 and since then she has released this, her debut album, and has become an award winning artist with a #1 song on indietunes.com, as well as being one of this year's winners in the top songwriting contest in the world, The International Songwriting Competition. Her smooth, rich vocals, her great songwriting and her charisma make her one to watch.
"Russell is shaping up to be the pop industry’s next ‘American Sweetheart’, proving herself not only a role-model in practice, but a talented multi-instrumentalist with a diligent work ethic. There is no doubt that in the short future one can expect to hear Russell’s mellow voice on radio stations around the world. The album itself seems to be made ready for radio release."
"With constant comparisons to contemporaries ranging from Taylor Swift to Kelly Clarkson and Colbie Caillat, Russell’s seemingly effortless, rich and pure vocal tone exhibits the passion and confidence of a seasoned artist."
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There are those who sing and then there are those who were made to sing. Candice Russell was made to sing. She is a 21 year old pop singer and songwriter who has just released her debut album called So Much More. Her seemingly effortless, rich, pure vocal tone, her smooth vocal runs and the passion that comes through in her voice, make for an extremely satisfying listening experience. As one label executive said, “She is very easy on the ears.”
Candice’s songwriting is real, honest, and vulnerable, yet she is positive, determined and confident. She knows who she is, but she doesn’t see herself as above others. She sings, writes and performs to make others feel good about themselves, not to make others feel good about her. “I want to reach people with music that I have written and hopefully uplift and help them,” she says. All of the songs on this new album are original and from the context of her own real life experiences.
The artists that have impacted Candice musically are Taylor Swift, Kelly Clarkson, Paramore, Katy Perry, Colbie Caillat and Carrie Underwood. The combination of these artists and what she has learned from her personal mentors and coaches has helped Candice find a unique blend that has resulted in her own cool and appealing sound.
Candice went to Hollywood on American Idol in Season 11. Soon after her time on American Idol, Candice met Dave Lubben, who is a veteran artist, songwriter and producer in Portland, Oregon. Among his many credits is producing the band Kutless. Candice collaborated with Dave Lubben and her brother, Aaron Russell (who also assisted in production), to write all ten of the new and original songs on this project. This album was recorded using top studio musicians from Los Angeles, Nashville and Portland. The results have yielded a high quality, radio ready-album.
With the release of this, her debut album in late summer of 2013. She quickly found success when she secured the #1 song in the Top Songs category on Indiecharts.com for multiple weeks. She has been featured on Reverbnation multiple times. She has been featured multiple times on the top ten iTunes app “Video Star,” where over 1.25 million young fans heard her songs. She has also been featured several times on America’s #1 weekly syndicated pop/dance countdown show, Al Walser's Weekly Top20. This top 20 countdown show is currently broadcast on over 80 radio stations worldwide and boasts over 12 million listeners.
In a relatively short time, Candice has found tremendous success as an indie artist. Her songs have been and are currently playing on radio across the world on Internet and FM stations.
Candice has been recognized for her excellent songwriting skills with several awards and achievements, the greatest being her recent victory in the 2013 International Songwriting Competition where there were over 19,500 entries and her song Loved by You was one of the winners, taking third place. Twice she has been the winner of the Songwriter of the Month Contest for SongwriterUniverse, which is a highly respected music industry website. She was one of only a few to win a spot in the showcase at the AMTC Shine event in 2012 in the song writers category. As a teenager Candice was the top winner in the Oregon Fine Arts Festival in songwriting, as well as the vocal competitions. She is a serious singer and songwriter who has a trail of successes to show that she is seriously good at both.
Candice’s ability to transfer what is in her heart into art flowing through her fingers to the guitar and resonating through her voice to release flawless, passionate vocals is not at all typical. The lyrics on her album are thoughtful and deep, but also smart, witty and just plain fun at times. All this makes her an extremely intriguing artist to listen to and follow. Check out Candice’s website at candicerussell.com, where you can find her CD, as well as digital downloads, and join all her socials (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Youtube and Pinterest). The album will be a world-wide digital release on July 30, 2013. You can find all the songs at iTunes, Amazon, and digital stores everywhere.
Other fun and interesting facts about Candice:
She worked as a commercial model in Portland, Oregon.
She was a very good athlete in high school, where she led her soccer team in scoring and still holds the record in girls track for the long and triple jumps.
Her favorite thing is hanging out with her friends.
She loves to laugh.
She feels deep emotion for people who are hurting.
She has a heart to help young women across the world to be rescued from sex-trafficking.
The guitar she plays in concerts was one her grandpa owned and played before he gave it to her.
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