The songs from Candice Russell's first album So Much More have been played around the world on radio. Candice went to Hollywood to compete on American Idol, Season 11, and she is an award-winning songwriter (The International Songwriting Contest). She is currently recording a new pop album in Nashville, Tennessee, with number one hit songwriter and producer Kenny Lamb and engineer Chris Rowe, who is also working on Taylor Swift's latest album and has engineered some of her #1 hits. Be on the lookout for even greater things coming from Candice Russell this year. For more info on Candice, visit her official website at candicerussell.com.
• One of the winners (3rd place) in the 2013-2014 International Songwriting Competition with Loved By You (19,500 entries).
• Four songs in the International Songwriting Competition semi-finals. (2013-2014)
• Reached the #1 overall song on Broadjam.com with her the duet Loved By You.
• Currently has six songs on Broadjam.com top ten lists (2014).
• Finalist in the USA Songwriting Competition 2014.
• Winner of The Song of the Month Contest on SongwriterUniverse, twice in 2013-2014.
Candice Russell Bio
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 are Taylor Swift, Kelly Clarkson, Paramore, 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 grew up singing in the church. Her mom was amazed when she first heard Candice singing with perfect pitch when she was just one year old. Her poise as a child singing in the choir and her solos in high school caused many to say this girl has the "IT" factor.
At the age of sixteen, Candice won a state wide singer-songwriting contest at the Oregon Fine Arts Festival. In 2012, she went to Hollywood on American Idol, Season 11, as a teenager. She also made it into the showcase final as a singer-songwriter at AMTC's Shine event in Orlando in 2012.
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 new album entitled So Much More, Candice had her first number one song on Indiecharts.com with the song "Good Luck With That." In November of 2013, her song "So Much More" won the SongwriterUniverse "Best Song of The Month" contest. She has been featured on the homepage of Reverbnation with the song "So Much More," and will be featured there again in January of 2014 with the duet "Loved By You." Candice has also been selected by Pandora and will soon appear there with her own channel, and her songs are currently playing on a number of Internet and FM radio stations including the Live365 Radio Network. In January 2014, the song "So Much More," is set to be promoted nationwide on pop radio.
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 has a heart to help young women be rescued from sex-trafficking.
• The guitar she plays in concerts was one her grandpa gave her.