After taking some much-deserved time off during the holiday period, Candace has been working with jazz musicians - possibly a new direction for her? Stay tuned for more news.
The National Association of Social Workers Tennessee Chapter hosted their Fall Development Conference mid month at Nashville's Scarrit Bennet Conference Center. Executive Director Karen Franklin invited Candace to speak to the state's leading social workers about her youth in the child welfare system. Candace performed topic related music. Says Ms. Franklin, "Candace's music received high praise. She helped to make an important educational opportunity possible."
Nashville plays host once again to the 5th Annual Americana Music Conference, September 23rd-25th at the Nashville Convention Center.
But more importantly, AMERICANA TONIGHT! is laying claim to hosting The Unofficial Americana Conference Kick-Off show, Wednesday September 22nd at the Sutler, 2608 Franklin Road, Nashville. This is an honor we're taking very seriously. Ok, we're not all that serious about anything but we do have one hell of a night of Americana on tap for the early attendees and Nashville faithful. We've added two additional performers for this show and it's a slam-bang event from start to finish!
Wednesday September 22nd The Unofficial Americana Music Conference Kick-Off:
10:30 Mary Alice Wood www.maryalicewood.com
For anyone attending the conference, Americana Tonight will be at the trade show with our own booth. We'll be pushing the show to both radio, sponsors and performers, plus we'll have live performances each day in the booth from Walt Wilkins, Jeff Talmadge, Stephen Clair, The Mickeys and others.
Believe it or not, we're putting the finishing touches on our shows through the end of 2004. For printing purposes, November and December will be combined since there's only 3 shows each month (We'll be dark on November 24th, December 22nd and December 29th.) That means our print deadline for all advertising is October 15th. We've made advertising very affordable (as little as $20) and it's a great time to push your merchandise and shows. Contact me if you need more info (firstname.lastname@example.org
And for everyone who has asked when I'll be playing (not that they care but just to appear interested), I'll be at Suzette's Alt-Country Hoedown this Saturday, September 25th, at The End on Elliston Place across from Exit/In. Also on the bill that night is Caddle (Punk-A-Billy from Alabama) and a bunch of other great acts. Doors open at 9:00. My band for the night is first rate: Teddy Larkin on drums, Gary DesJardins on bass, Thomm Jutz on electric guitar, Susie Monick on mando/banjo and Kelly Norris on backing vocals.
Thanks again for your on-going support of Americana Tonight and I hope to see you this Wednesday!!
Hello friends!Candace received a hugely warm welcome for her performance at Billy Block's Western Beat show in Nashville.
She'll also doing an interview with Jerry Dahmen at www.kxrb.com on Overcoming Adversity. Be sure to tune in.
Back from Europe, you can read a new review of Candace's Germany shows on the Press page.
Candace is in Europe, but look for her at the Songwriter's Guild of America's last Monday of the month in-the-round-writer's night in New York City at the Red Lion on Bleeker Street.
Candace is rehearsing for her March tour to Europe. Looking ahead to her April return to Nashville, she is awaiting confirmation on two important dates:
A nationally syndicated Woodsongs Radio Hour broadcast.
Check the Press page for a new audio clip featuring Candace's recent interview on Norway's Radio Sentrum
A small tour of Germany and Switzerland has been announced for March 2004 - stay tuned for exact dates. Candace will be accompanied on this tour by her long-standing guitarist, Thomm Jutz, who recently relocated from Germany to Nashville.
The U.K. record company Gotham is currently preparing to represent the Candace Asher cd again at this year's MIDEM trade show in France. Gotham Records is also distributing 50,000 MiniDisks of Candace's "More Than Just A Vase", co-written with David Lindgren, throughout Belgium. Candace's work will be well represented. Says label head Barry Tomes about the latest new song called "Would You Mind" that Candace recently sent him, produced by Thomm Jutz, co-written with Casey Kelly : "Would You Mind" is another class track."
September - December 2003
Candace has been achieving great results from the work with her vocal coach. She's been in the studio in preproduction for her new album. She's done some co writing with David Olney, among other Nashville heavy weights. She did some demo recordings with Kenny Roger's band thanks to her friendship with Kenny's lead guitarist, Randy Dorman.
Radio has been keeping Candace busy as well. A live on air interview with Ruben Nysether of Norway's Radio Sentrum will soon be available for listeners on this website. Candace was asked to talk about the recent passing of Johnny Cash. Additionally, Tokyo's top country radio program 79.1 featured Candace's full debut album for their recent Saturday afternoon show. Japanese Country Music Association president Tadayoshi Maeda wanted to know why Candace was not as famous as Shania or Faith! and program host DJ Mayu Inagaki said she too was particulary impressed with the strength of Candace's songs and powerful voice.
July - August 2003
Candace is staying busy in Nashville this summer, writing and practicing songs for her next album, writing and recording for a movie project and working with a top vocal coach.
In her continuing quest to align her musical successes with the movement to fight against human violence, Candace heads for the Bay area in California this month where she will perform at house concerts and at a conference called Clarity, sponsored by noted author and psychologist Patricia Evans.
At the Reinickendorf Rathaus in Berlin with Buergermeisterin Wanjura presiding over the signing of The Golden Book. Candace was invited to be a part of the group gathered there to pay tribute to the city's committment to international cultural exchange. The group present includes members of the media, performers, promoters & executives who were participants in Berlin's 2003 Country Music Messe:
Candace Asher Tee Shirts are finally available! Price is only $20 United States Dollars (USD) or 20 Euros (EUR)
A portion of the proceeds goes to V-Day: A movement to stop violence against women and girls.
To order, email email@example.com
Quotes from the latest Eurotrek:
"Candace has been mentioned to me several times by European DJ's as one of Europe's favorite country music stars"
Candace will be joined by the German band she toured with in 2002, showcasing at Berlin's 8th Annual Country Music Messe. Candace is perfoming upon invitation by Western Mail magazine editor Kai Ulatowski. She will be showcasing on the Fair's main stage. 10,000 attendees are expected. Candace and her German record label Taxim Records (they manufacture and distribute her debut disc in Germany, Austria, Holland and Switzerland) will have a booth at the three day exhibition.
The United Kingdom's Record Label "Gotham UK" will represent Candace's debut CD for international licensing deals at the 37th annual international trade show Midem 2003. Additionally, Candace's track "More Than Just A Vase" off of her debut CD, will be included in Midem 2003 conference member bags. The CD sampler is put out by the UK's Bandit A & R publication.
Candace Asher T-shirts will soon be available! Watch this space.
Candace recently reached the #2 position on the EMS Euro Charts!
click here for complete airplay listings
As a survivor of rape and domestic violence, Candace will be doing an affinity marketing campaign with V-Day, a movement to end violence against women and girls, founded by author Eve Ensler (The Vagina Monologues).
The newly forming French Association for Country Music has asked Candace to be their "Godmother"! Candace is pretty stoked to be recognized as such.
The FNAC record chain in France just released the results of a poll of their country fans' top 20 country artists of the last 25 years. Candace made it into the top twenty!:
here's what the folks at Hotdisc said:
CANDACE ASHER BIG IN FRANCE!
A current record store poll compiled by the FNAC chain in France of country music fans' Top 20 favourite country artists over the last 25 years includes Candace Asher along with the likes of Alan Jackson, Garth Brooks, Brooks & Dunn and other household names. Her eponymous CD has produced an ongoing list of top 5 radio hits on the independent EMS charts with "One Tender Tear," hitting #3 followed by "Slow Dancing" which peaked at #2. The album's opening track, "Every Time Your Heart Breaks," was at #5 when Candace left Nashville in June for her 2002 summer European tour, and it peaked at #2 in July, while Candace was mid-tour.
Candace was the featured artist on the cover of Switzerland's Country Music Magazine. She performs regularly at a number of Europe's country festivals, proudly sharing festival stages during her 2002 summer tour with Lee Roy Parnell, Jim Lauderdale, Guy Clark, Marty Stuart and many others. She is currently writing material for her long-awaited follow-up - exciting times indeed for one of America's truly talented artists.
Back in Nashville after a highly successful tour, Candace is busy planning her return to Europe in 2003, hopefully including the UK. More announcements shortly!
Review from a recent Swiss show:
July Club meeting
Restaurant Boerse, Zurich
Candace Asher is an extraordinary singer and songwriter. Her texts are honest and contain messages from her heart. Her music is comparable to Mary Chapin Carpenter, Joni Mitchell, Rosanne Cash or Kathy Mattea. Raised in the Catskill Mountains in the state of New York, she moved to New York City at the end of the 80's. There she worked hard to become well known in the folk scene. In 1993 she moved to Nashville, where she had the opportunity, among other things, to regularly perform in the world famous Bluebird Cafe. This history explains her style of music, honest and earthy country influenced by pop and folk, which can be positioned between Nashville and Americana. Her texts are meaningful and entertaining. Her actual CD Candace Asher has also been published in Switzerland and Germany, where she studied one semester in Heidelberg.
Folk-icon Richie Havens characterized Candace Asher as extraordinarily talented singer-songwriter. With her temporary band from Germany, her extraordinary voice and her beautiful, self-confident songs, she will be a distinguished and valuable addition to the club meeting at the Boerse.
After her first trip to Europe in September of last year, where she toured Norway and Denmark, she now plans a second trip for this summer. Since Belgium and again Scandinavia were on her list from the beginning, it was obvious to put her pretty decent knowledge of the German language to use in Germany and Switzerland. She clicked on www.country-music.ch and finally found CMC-president Arthur, who luckily was in charge of the club meetings. That way, the CMC members can look forward to a true musical treat. May they show the same reaction as one of her American fans (Dennis Martin, Ann Arbor, Michigan): " I saw Candace in a few, short sequences in a TV show from London titled Women in Country Music/Naked Nashville. She performed in the same part as the Nashville stars Pam Tillis, Kathy Mattea and Suzy Boguss. Candace was introduced as a rising and important singer. Her songs and her voice captured me instantly and I purchased her CD immediately as soon as it was available in the stores".
Candace is on tour in Europe with her band: Thomm Juty lead guitar; Peter Goetzmann drums; Andreas Waeldele fiddle and mandolin; Richie Schoernig bass. Highlights so far:
The first Swiss show at the Kentucky Saloon in Pratteln was a huge success - she also played the Interlaken Festival in Switzerland with Jim Lauderdale, Danni Leigh and Mustang Sally; the Copenhagen Countrz Music Fest in Denmark with Marty Stewart; the Cerexhe Fest in Belgium with Charlie McCoy (who told Candace as she came off stage, "You killed them"; and to a weekend crowd of 30,000 at Craponne Sur Arzon's Country Rendezvous Festival to encores and complete cd sellout!
New press and reviews:
Candace on the cover of Country Music Switzerland!
This review is from Holland's number one country music magazine.
This review from France's CIA Music.
The UK tour for Candace has been confirmed for 2003! Details as they come to hand.
On the eve of Candace's return tour of the UK and Europe, "Every Time Your Heart Breaks" has vaulted to #2 on the EMS charts!!
Europe, here we come!! Candace is #3 on the EMS charts!!
Check here for Belgian festival dates!
Here's a review in Germany's Country Jukebox by Max W. Achatz:
Was die im US-Bundesstaat New York aufgewachsene Sängerin, Songschreiberin und Gitarristin Candace Asher besonders auszeichnet ist ihre Fähigkeit, die verschiedenartigsten Elemente aus Country, Folk, Pop und Rock zu kombinieren: eine warme Mischung aus Rhythmus, Melodie und musikalischer Spontaneität.
Hierzulande ist die in Songschreiber-Kreisen schon seit langem anerkannte Künstlerin noch ein fast unbeschriebenes Blatt. Das dürfte sich mit dem mittlerweile auch bei uns veröffentlichen Albumdebüt und einer Reihe von geplanten Auftritten in diesem Sommer jedoch schon bald ändern. Ihre Aufgeschlossenheit und ihr Können spiegeln sich wieder in den elf Songs, die sie für das nach ihr benannte Album an so unterschiedlichen Orten wie New York, Philadelphia und Nashville entweder allein oder mit diversen Co-Autoren geschrieben hat. Schönes Slowfood zum Träumen und Zuhören, sanft erzählte Geschichten, mit melodischen, zum Teil akustischen Klängen, zurückhaltend arrangiert im Wechsel mit temperamentvollen Uptempo-Stücken und rockigem Country-Pop, der geprägt wird durch ausgefeilte Gitarren-Arrangements. Titel wie "I'm Looking Forward", "A Face In The Crowd", "The Tender Tear" und "Slow Dancing" zeugen von einer enormen Musikalität und Ausdruckskraft, wie man sie sonst nur von so bekannten Künstlerinnen wie Rosanne Cash, Kathy Mattea, Kim Richey und Mary Chapin Carpenter her kennt.
Über allen thront die sinnlich-kraftvolle Stimme voller Leidenschaft von Candace Asher, der mit dem nach ihr benannetn Debüt ein entspannendes Schmuckstück gelungen ist: höchst modern, frisch, durchsichtig, kreativ und selbstbewusst. Produziert von Clay Mills, dürfte die Scheibe mit ihrem runden, vollen Sound und der intensiven vokalen Atmosphäre, auch Musikfans ansprechen, die eher beiläufig und unvorbelastet damit in Berührung kommen.
Eurpoe's legendary Radio Caroline (http://www.radiocaroline.de) recently featured Candace's "That Old Car". Here's the playlist from the evening:
Thursday 07 FEB 2002 7pm to 8pm
7:00 to 7:15
1- Victoria Shaw/ Waikiki Cowboy
2- Ernie Ashworth & Paul Mateki/Female Champion Wrestler From Texas
3- Candace Asher/That Old Car
4- Mike Beeler/It Ain't Right
Candace appeared at the Bluebird Cafe as part of the Chick Singer Night. The Nashville Tennessean has a blurb here. Some highlights:
Chick Singer Night is planned as a monthly showcase for female singers of all musical genres. Nashville becomes the third city to host a chick singer night. The original showcase has been in Chicago for 13 years. There's another in Los Angeles, and Miami and New York are being added this year.
Bluebird owner Amy Kurland says the showcase is a great opportunity for singers in a town where so many more outlets are available to songwriters.
''I think this is a tremendous opportunity for women - too bad for the men - to get out and show what they can do. And it certainly adds to the Bluebird's diversity,'' Kurland said.
On the first bill: Jill Sissell, Candace Asher, Ronda Wynn and Lari White.
Candace wraps up 2001 on several Top Album lists, including Denmark's "COUNTRYEXPRESSEN", where she is joined by the likes of Rodney Crowell, George Strait, David Ball, George Jones and Alan Jackson.
From the EMS Newsletter:
David Ball's topical "Riding With Private Malone" retains the number one position for the fifth week on the EMS charts (European Media Services), making it one of the most successful European chart record ever - just two weeks behind the Kacey Jones duet with Delbert McClinton from last year, which managed 7 weeks at the top. The song, in spite of being on the indie Dualtone label, is still in the Top 5 in the Billboard Country Singles chart.
The knock on effect of course means that songs that would in normal circumstances be certain of a #1 airplay hit, have to be content with a runner-up position. It happened recently to Heidi Hauge and now it's happening to Candace Asher. Her wonderful song "Slow Dancing" deserves the top slot but has to settle with a #2 position for the time being, such is the dominance of David's remarkable record. Candace is up to #2 this week.
EMS EUROPEAN MOST POPULAR TRACKS CHART
The European Independent Singles and Tracks Most Popular Chart compiled by EMS reflects which tracks by non-major label acts are proving to be the most popular throughout Europe at this time, as voted for by the most influential country DJs in Europe.
David Ball's topical "Riding With Private Malone" retains the number one position. The song, in spite of being on the indie Dualtone label, is now in the Top 5 in the Billboard Country Singles chart.
Heidi Hauge from Norway hangs onto her #2 position from 7 days ago with her version of the old Buffy Saint-Marie song "I'm Gonna Be A Country Girl Again", while Candace Asher' s "Slow Dancing" (#3) and Plain Loco (#4) also are frozen at last week's positions.
Troy Cook Jr is up again this week from 8 to #5 with his latest tune, "Movin' Out, Movin' Up, Movin' On" while American Mike Beeler celebrates the release of his first album in the UK by climbing into the Top 10 at #6 with the very catchy "She Oughta Be". The album contains some very strong tracks - expect more singles next year.
Australian singer Karen O'Shea, who was discovered by Frank Ifield, has a very catchy country-pop song on release at this time. "My Love Goes That Far" is up two notches to #7 while the highest new entry inside the Top 40 is at #18 for Paul Overstreet and "The Toughest Battles".
The Top Ten Tunes from the EMS EUROPEAN TOP 40 INDEPENDENT AIRPLAY CHART
22 November 2001
1 (1) 6 RIDING WITH PRIVATE MALONE
2 (2) 6 I'M GONNA BE A COUNTRY GIRL
3 (3) 3 SLOW DANCING
4 (4) 3 BLUE BLUE MEMORY
5 (8) 3 MOVIN' OUT, MOVIN' UP, MOVIN' ON
TROY COOK Jr
6 (11) 2 SHE OUGHTA BE
7 (9) 2 MY LOVE GOES THAT FAR
8 (5) 7 TOP OF THE WORLD
(Soul Of The Heart)
9 (6) 5 BAYOU MOON
10 (7) 7 HEY MR DJ
From Hot Country Newsletter - the European Media Services Indie Charts:
Heidi Hauge from Norway hangs onto her #2 position from 7 days ago with her version of the old Buffy Saint-Marie song "I'm Gonna Be A Country Girl Again", while Candace Asher, the very talented singer-writer from the States gets a massive thumbs up from European DJs as she zooms up 19 spots to land at #3 with "Slow Dancing."
Thursday, November 1st, Candace Asher's song A FACE IN THE CROWD was broadcast at 7:21 in the evening, GMT (Greenwich Mean Time) on the legendary radio station RADIO CAROLINE, which broadcasts on the Astra 1G digital satellite - transponder 73.
Victor Gray, the host and sponsor of this newly created country weekly (Thursday evenings) program, "Independence Country" is proud to have Candace's song in the line up of his first show. A Face in the Crowd, co-written with David Lindgren, has been popular on radio throughout Europe and Australia for the past year. It was the first single released abroad off Candace Asher's self titled CD.
Victor Gray is the founder and owner of Country on Broadway Limited and his weekly satellite show will include songs from other artists distributed by his company who frequent the European Independent Airplay chart and the American Billboard Country Singles chart.
Additionally, November 1 was also the release date for Candace's next single, SLOW DANCING, co-written with Marc Irwin, released to 800 international programs in Europe and Australia on the award winning Country Hotdisc, produced by Stuart Cameron.
Candace on Tour in Europe:
Candace's colleague Tom Wild had to leave Norway due to a family emergency, but was replaced by multi-platinum artist Lars Håvard Haugen. Even though Candace was shattered to see her buddy Tom leave the tour, she was thrilled to be sharing the stage with one of Norway's superstars. (if you read Norwegain, here's an article.
Candace's CD's now available in Australia and New Zealand through Chaos Music.
Candace's "One Tender Tear" goes in the Top 40 at #6 in the EMS European airplay chart!
July 2001: Candace goes global:
Candace has just been booked to headline the Storegut Festival later this summer on Lake Tinnoset (near Oslo) in Norway!! Stay tuned for more details. (Previous performers of this festival include Carlene Carter, Rosie Flores and Duane Jarvis)...
Germany's prestigious Taxim Records has offered Candace licensing and distribution for Europe, with a release date set for early autumn 2001...
Candace has landed distribution with Country on Broadway Ltd. They will be making the Candace Asher CD available throughout the United Kingdom in the coming weeks....
Candace is also very close to a distribution deal in Australia and New Zealand, with tour dates being negotiated...
Candace's song "One Tender Tear" is about to be released on the award winning compilation Hotdisc to over 800 international radio programs...
Epiphone Guitars has given Candace a sponsorship...
... watch this space, folks...
Candace is at #13 on the playlist of Belgium's Radio VRW. She's currently ahead of more established stars like Shania Twain (15), Kathy Mattea (18), and Pam Tillis (24):