Blanche It's amazing how long long Candi has been around, what a track record she has . Amazing!
earthjuice Her life story is an amazing one
earthjuice with many lessons that we can all learn from
AAdamsRib I have seen her live 4 times
Blanche I have never had the pleasure of seeing her perform.
earthjuice Where did you see her at, Rib?
AAdamsRib a very high energy show ....... she starts out slow but somewhere during her second song she gets the "spirit" .... LOL
AAdamsRibI saw her in Charlotte, NC in 1973-74
AAdamsRibI saw her at Symphany Hall in NJ
earthjuice I have never seen her live either
AAdamsRib and I saw her in London on a bill I think with Mary Wells JOIN
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earthjuice WELCOME TO THE SOUL PATROL CHAT ROOM CANDI
Blanche Hello Candi, welcome
AAdamsRib Clap, Clap, Clap ...... screaming and stomping
Candi-Staton How's everybody doing?
Gary Hello Candi.
AAdamsRib we are honored to have you visit us Candi
Mike-Boone Hello everyone, Hello Miss Staton
Candi-Staton I'm honored to be with you as well Where are some of you all geographically located?
Nancy I'm in Los Angeles
AAdamsRib Winston-Salem, NC in the house
Blanche Candi, my husband Billy Paul says Hello. He can't type so........
Nancy Candi, will you be recording with Bobby Womack again? You two sound great together !
Candi-Staton I would love to record with Bobby again
Candi-Staton I recently saw Bobby Womack
Candi-Staton and complimented him on his gospel cd
earthjuice I am in NJ (the EPICENTER OF…… FUNK!!!!!)
AAdamsRib Bob FUNK was evicted from NJ when they moved off my block ....... LOL
Blanche Candi-Staton I just saw an old picture of me and Billy Paul with Don Cornelius from back in the 1970s Blanche, please tell Billy hello for me Blanche Good grief! What year was that?
Candi-Staton It must have been like 1972
earthjuice That was a long time ago (I think that I was 6 years old then :)) Mike-Boone What was it like to record at the Fame Studios?
Candi-Staton It was wonderful, it was a new experience for me because I was a new artist
Candi-Staton I had never been in a studio like that
Candi-Staton Before that I recorded with a microphone in the middle of the room with everyone singing around hat one microphone
Nancy I heard that you had Bobby on your TV show. I wish I had cable, would love to catch your show, does it still air?
Blanche Where is your show taped?
Candi-Staton It's taped in Atlanta
Candi-Staton Lou Rawls is doing a taping with me in January
Candi-Staton We've had Denise LaSalle Blanche Keep Billy in mind for your show. He would love to do it!
Mike-Boone that's so cool
Candi-Staton Yeah, the show has been on 15 years on Trinity Broadcasting Network
bigg-robb do u still have your show
Candi-Staton Yes, the show has recently got it's highest ratings
Candi-Staton This next taping in January we're having Donnie McClurklin, Tonex
EbonySatin where is the show aired?
Blanche Congrats on your ratings
Nancy Is it possible to purchase video of any of the shows?
Candi-Staton It airs on the Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN) Monday morning at 7:30 am and Saturday at 2:30 am
bigg-robbwill you put my friend Shirley Murdock on your show?
Candi-Staton Yes, go to my website at www.candi-staton.com we have some stuff on there, not a lot
Candi-Staton Can we get her?
EbonySatin Oh that is fantastic...it airs nationally
Nancy Did Johnnie Taylor ever guest on the show?
Mike-Boone i work not to far from Trinity Church in manhattan. Do they tape your shows there Candi
Candi-Staton She's a great singer! I'd love to have her. Tell her person to call my office at 770-413-8469
bigg-robb i can get u hooked up with her she is out doin a play right now
EbonySatin Do you only do musicians as guest?
Candi-Staton No, Johnnie never got to do my show. i wish he could have
Candi-Staton Yeah, it's pretty much musicians or singers on the show
bigg-robb i will give it to her husband who is also her mgr
EbonySatin OKAY...I know an author of Christian fiction that is awesome
EbonySatin she had opened up a whole new genre of African american fiction that is going to have folks getting saved as they read
Candi-Staton No, the show tapes in Atlanta
Mike-Boone What are some of your favorite songs that you recorded at Fame? Gary Will your early recordings on Fame ever be released on CD?d
Candi-Staton I doubt it (laughing out loud)
Candi-Staton Rick Hall wants millions of dollars for them
Candi-Staton He wants $40 million for his old recordings
earthjuice Sounds like we have another case of "artist abuse" here?
Candi-Staton Warner Brothers, Rhino, EMI have all wanted to put out a best of on me
Mike-Boone sure does
Candi-Staton EMI actually put one together, interviewed me for liner notes and Rick Hall
Candi-Staton got a court injunction to keep them from putting it out
Mike-Boone Everything's Kool and the Gang lol
Candi-Staton they had the tapes because they were distributing Fame at the time
Mike-Boone Do you still keep in contact with any of the musicians?
Mike-Boone they were the best!!!!
Candi-Staton Oh, yes! I'm always running into them
Mike-Boone that' cool
Nancy Did you tour with David Ruffin on the gospel circuit in those early days?
Candi-Staton No, not gospel
Candi-Staton n I used to ride in David's corvette with him and I was so scared he was so reckless, but i loved him. he was truly a friend. But that was in the 1970s when I was doing disco
Nancy LOL, but probably not as scary as riding on the motorcycle he had
Candi-Staton I could tell you some David Ruffin stories (laughing)
Candi-Staton One time me, Roger Redding and David got trapped in a snow storm. We were all drunk and had our drinks to keep us warm
earthjuice Go ahead and tell (nobody here but us...)
Candi-Staton We were in that car all night long, with the motor running
Nancy sounds like the good ole days
Candi-Staton (laughing) I miss David so much
Candi-Staton He kept me laughing
Mike-Boone So do we
Nancy I loved his voice, did you ever record with him?
Candi-Staton He was special. One night he came to the Mozambique Club in Detroit. I was on stage singing and in the back of the room I heard this voice singing "My Girl" and the audience went wild! It was David! He pulled a chair up on stage and sat on the stage and just grinned at me. I couldn't hardly do my show
AAdamsRib I know I would have lost it ......... still Drooling over Ruffin
Candi-Staton The whole audience was in stiches, I don't know if they even knew what I was singing
EbonySatin Candi....I just want to tell you how much I have enjoyed your music from the early days until today
Candi-Staton Thank you so much Blanche that 's so deja vu! David and Eddie came to Dummy George in Detroit when Billy was playing there, they came up on stage and did My Girl with Billy . Billy was an honorary Tempt for one night. lol
Candi-Staton My son Marcus used to play drums for Eddie
Candi-Staton It doesn't seem real that they are gone
earthjuice I have a question that was sent in via email....Does she have any inner conflict about singing both secular and Christian music. If so, how does she resolve it within herself?
Candi-Staton I don't think it's a conflict. We're not in heaven yet, we're in this world, so we have to live with each other and be balanced in our thinking
Candi-Staton I just released my tenth gospel album it came out 2 weeks ago and it has a song on it called "Shut up and start praying" which is a funny song
Candi-Staton it came out 2 weeks ago and it has a song on it
Candi-Staton The new gospel cd is "Here's A Blessing for you"
Candi-Staton Certain secular songs I don't agree with lyrically. All the music is good, but some lyrics go against my Christian beliefs.
Candi-Staton I still sing my secular songs that don't go against my beliefs
Candi-Staton As long as you do things with a positive mond and attention, it's okay. I can't sing about sneaking around with another woman's husband because that's not positive
Candi-Staton But I can sing about being in love because that is positive
Candi-Staton Secular just means it's not religious
Candi-Staton Everything we do is not religious like going to the grocery store, or eating. As
earthjuice (makes sense to me)
Mike-Boone Candi, What do you think about Gospel Rap?
Candi-Staton Gospel rap is wonderful. It's just another way of preaching
Mike-Boone What are some of your personal favorites songs you've recorded?
earthjuice "One More Chance On Love" is my Favorite Candi Staton song
Blanche What about that song makes it your favorite
earthjuice It's a BADDDDDDDDDDDDD s-l-o-w j-a-m Blanche One more Chance on Love
Candi-Staton I had many baaaaad slow jams (laughing)
EbonySatin Gurl, many may not remember.....but I heard one of your songs the other day and immediately brought back fond memories
Candi-Staton which songs was it
Mike-Boone I Rather Be An Old Man's Sweetheart Than To Be An Old Man's Fool is mine
Candi-Staton I like that too. Bobby Womack wrote that
earthjuice I like that one too, Mike
Candi-Staton That's on that Warner Brothers greatest hits cd
Candi-Staton I'm looking for an old man, ya'll know of any?
Mike-Boone What's Dave Crawford up to these days?
EbonySatin Young hearts run free
EbonySatin casue my heart was real free back then
bigg-robb just as long as he takes care of home
bigg-robb i just heard a remake of that song the other day
bigg-robb my parents brought this green 45 home one day and it said CANDI STATON ON IT
Candi-Staton I never saw a green one, I missed that one. Was it on Warner Brothers
Candi-Staton There was a remake in the Romeo & Julliet movie
Candi-Staton Leonardo diCaprio 's version
bigg-robb yes u know the green palm trees and stuff i was so young i had to sort em by colors
bigg-robbwell pat brown from jax miss has just done one too
Candi-Staton Oh, I haven't heard that one by Pat brown. How's it doing
Candi-Staton Oh, yeah, I remember that
EbonySatin Candi are you making any gospel albums?
bigg-robb i also have the music u did with the robinsons from englewood
bigg-robb how long were u on sugarhill?
Candi-Staton I was on Sugarhill for a year
Nancy What's the name of your new album?
Candi-Staton I did an import dance and retro soul cd last year called "Outside In"
Candi-Staton I had the option to do one more album, but at the time I decided to leave secular music and only do gospel
bigg-robb good move i remeber the 1st time i saw u on t.v after u made your commitment I WASPROUD
bigg-robb DONT U MISS THE CHITLIN CIRCUIT? SMILE AND LAFF
bigg-robb BAD P.A'S NO PLACE TO DRESS AND THE CLUB OWNER CRYING ABOUT YOUR $
Blanche I can relate
Candi-Staton My heart grieves for standing over a toilet with the toilet running over and changing clothes in a dirty old kitchen (laughing)
Candi-Staton No, I don't miss the chitlin circuit at all:) You never get paid and it's just wild out there
earthjuice What was the WORST place that you ever played on the Chitlin Circuit?
Blanche Billy says "Your clothes always smell like fried chicken and the mikes keep cutting off" lol
bigg-robb but the chicken is always greasy and good and in a brown bag
Candi-Staton They were all the same. the worse place was in Mississippi. We had to dress in the car and the audience was mean, nasty, rude
Blanche When you DID get any parts of your money, a lot of it was in dollar bills
Candi-Staton No, the worse one was when the club owner was the mayor, the chief of police and he sat at the edge of the stage with his gun and made me sing until he got tired. then, he didn't pay me after all of that.
Candi-Staton I've never been treated that bad on stage and a fight broke out, he's shooting his gun in the air. And that was in the backwoods of Louisi
EbonySatin Oh WOW!!!!!!
bigg-robb yes god is good because all those experiences made you a better soldier
Candi-Staton That's why I don't miss the chitlin circuit (laughing)
earthjuice lol Nancy those are some WILD memories
bigg-robb and u don't have to do it anymore and you've got fans who love u secular or gospel
earthjuice I have another question, via email... Where is her church? I've driven up and down Covington Highway here in the ATL and can never find it?
Candi-Staton We don't have a church anymore. My ex-husband -- I'm not married anymore -- converted to another religion, so he got rid of the church
bigg-robb i am a member of solid rock church in monroe ohio have u ever visited
Candi-Staton You could toss a coin in the air wherever it drops
earthjuiceI love the monologue on your new album when you talk about your mother not showing up at one of your shows, it's truly moving!!!
Gary Have you ever worked with Yolanda Adams?
Candi-Staton Yes, I know Yolanda well. She did my TV show for 8 weeks when she first started
Candi-Staton n and she gave me credit inside one of her early albums
Mike-Boone What singers inspired you to take singing as a profession?
Candi-Staton When I was a kid, Mahalia Jackson, Clara Ward,, Aretha Franklin, Ruth Brown
Mike-Boone Great Line Up!!!!!
EbonySatin now that is an impressive list
Candi-Staton I used to sing "Mama He treats Your Daughter mean" all the time. Also, B.B. King because I love the blues
earthjuice Ruth Brown = "R&B"
bigg-robb i would like to say thank you Ms. Staton for your dedication to your craft and for being one of my first musical heroes
Mike-Boone Right On! earth!
Candi-Staton I used to sing everything I heard on the radio even country music like Roy Acuff and Hank Willaims
Candi-Staton That's sweet, thank you re: Carman
Suzon Hi Candi, have you everworked with Carmen on TBN before?
Candi-Staton Yes, many times.
bigg-robbi just produced a song on a blues artist named mel waiters maybe one day can do some retro positive r&b with you
Candi-Staton Okay, we'll see
bigg-robb who was the best producer you worked with
Candi-Staton David was by far the best producer. I loved him and I loved his muscical arrangements
earthjuice Candi, are you still in touch with Clarence Carter?
Candi-Staton Clarence is still working, he has his own label and I talk to him once a month
Candi-Staton Oh, yes, we talk about once a month, we have a son together
AAdamsRib Clarence helped Soul Patrol out with a tribute to Curtis Mayfield last Jan the ice storm didn't help us though
Candi-Staton That was sweet of Clarence. I admire his abilities as a blind man
Candi-Staton Yes, Clarence is working steady every Saturday night (laughing)
earthjuice Candi, what are some of your thoughts about the overall impact of the DISCO MOVEMENT?
Candi-Staton I think it's the best music in the world (laughing) it's happy music!_
AAdamsRib Candi did you ever work with Gloria Gaynor?
Candi-Staton Yes, I was with Gloria about 6 months ago in London
Candi-Staton I've known Gloria since the 1970s
Candi-Staton She stayed at my house for a while and she came to my daughter's wedding -- but she didn't sing (laughs)
Candi-Staton I don't know if it would have been appropriate for her to sing "I Will survive" at a wedding (laughing)
AAdamsRib Candi I met Gloria and Linwood in 1970 I also saw you for the first time that year too
Candi-Staton Really? Where were you at Rib?
AAdamsRib I saw you in Jackson, MS ...... in NC and in London
earthjuice What about the social impact of DISCO (if any?)
Candi-Staton It made regular club goers feel very important, they didn't have to look to a stage or a star to be entertained. Everybody was a star
Candi-Staton The music was the star and you didn't need a person there as long as you had your dj and your vinyl
earthjuice That's very true.......some folks say that DISCO'S helped to promote racial harmony, any thoughts on that?
Candi-Staton Yeah, I think it did. You saw everybody on the same dance floor dancing to the same music
Candi-Staton I never really thought about it that way, but that did help bring down the walls of segregation in music in a way
AAdamsRib Candi I just did an interview with Don Covey ...... his spirit and faith are awesome
Candi-Staton Oh, wow! I have not seen him in years. What is he doing now?
AAdamsRib Don asked about you ....... he is in a wheel chair but he has a real testimony to share
Candi-Staton Did he? I sure would love to talk to him
AAdamsRib I will give you his phone number after the chat
earthjuice Everyone here should know that Candi wrote a beautiful Eulogy for Johnny Taylor that appears on the Soul Patrol web site at: http://www.soul-patrol.com/soul/jtaylor.html carlos Do they call you Candi because you are so sweet?
Candi-Staton (laughing) partly. My real name is Canzetta and when we were kids Mavis Staples couldn't pronounce it so she started calling me "Candi"
Candi-Staton and the name stuck Thank you:)
AAdamsRib Candi I have owned 4 or 5 copies of Young Hearts" on a 45 ....... it was my theme song
Candi-Staton Well, you better keep `em, you can't find old wax like that too much anymore carlos mrs staton, do you have nice memories of the time you spend at fame studios of rick hall?
Candi-Staton Yes, i do. Rick was my first producer and he introduced me to the sceular world.
Candi-Staton Rick did a lot for me and he got me my first Grammy nomination for "Stand By Your Man" in 1971
Candi-Staton I have very fond memories of Muscle Shoals. It was a lot of work too because Rick might have you do a song 50 time sun till I was good and hoarse to create the sound he wanted
Candi-Staton That hard, bluesy sound , raspy like
Candi-Staton Well, it's been nice talking to the Soul Patrolers
Suzon Are you getting ready to leave us Candi
Candi-Staton Yeah, I'm going to catch the rest of this O.J. Simpson movie
earthjuice Thanks Candi...Everyone give Candi some love
Gary It's been fun. I have to get ready for work. Candi, thank you, God bless you, and I'll play one of your songs next week on my show. Goodnight everybody.
Blanche I too must say goodnight.. Candi I will contact you re Billy doing your show. Nancy Candi, it's truly been a pleasure to chat with you. I'll be sure and get over to your website. Thanks Bob. Goodnight all John-E--Bunch-II Thank you Candi
Suzon You have a good night then :}
Candi-Staton This has been a lot of fun, you all reminded of things I'd forgotten about
AAdamsRib Candi thank you for being YOU .........
AAdamsRib your music has given us all years of memories and love
EbonySatin Ms Staton....it has been a sheer pleasure to chat with you this evening. I must run
Carlos peace and love candi thanks for your wonderful music
Mike-Boone Me too thank you for such a wonderful evening
Blanche Ms Staton, It was truly our pleasure
GoldenRump Nice talking with you Candi!!
Candi-Staton Thank you. Goodnight It's been nice to be with you all Peace and love to all of you
Candi-Staton Thanks for your support over the years and for taking the time out of your evening to talk with me
Candi-Staton You all are welcome and it's because you all keep buying it that I can keep making it
Candi-Staton Thanks for remembering me
Candi-Staton Goodnight God bless
earthjuice We love you Candi!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Candi-Staton I love you all too