Music Reviews for Candace’s music!
Undone, May 2017, Soul Tracks
Candace Bellamy – Undone
There will always be a doctor in the house on whatever venue which Candace Bellamy graces. That’s because the Knoxville native and Austin resident is herself a physician. Bellamy is clearly a person of many gifts, but eventually she decided that music was her true passion, and that she needed to pursue that passion.
Since, then Bellamy has cut a quartet of albums, including her latest – the EP Undone. Bellamy’s music has always incorporated the sounds and influences of eastern Tennessee, Memphis and Austin and those influences can be heard the vocals, arrangements, and the stories of the women we meet in this brief but richly descriptive five song EP.
Bellamy tries to dispense some cautionary advice to a girlfriend (or perhaps a younger sister or daughter) on the blues rock fused “Bad Idea,” a track propelled by church infused keyboards and pulsating bass and slashing guitars. “He’s easy to look at/Even I like him from behind/But up close and personal/He’ll rob you blind,” she proclaims.
The country ballad “Chase Me” tells a story of a couple that allows the life to sap the joy and sheen from their relationship, and pleads with her man to seek to recapture the good times by revisiting the simple joys of chasing each other. However, the song’s hook reveals that the two are pursuing something more. “Chase me, chase me/And tell me I’m the only one/The only one for you/Chase me, chase me/love me with your honesty/Trust me with your loyalty/All the things that money can’t buy”
The funky “Strut” turns the rocky road of life into an endless runway as Bellamy celebrates determined, relentless women who may fall but never stay down, as she encourages them to “put on your boots and strut/Cuz the runway’s not long enough for a woman like you.’
We featured the single “Trigger” on a first listen, and it’s easy to see why. When you think of the music of Austin, you hear the kind hard hitting funk, blues rock fusion that Bellamy wraps her sultry vocals around in this simmering tale of a woman being led down a path of sensual self-destruction. “The best lies, are the ones you tell yourself,” Bellamy declares.
Bellamy trained to be a doctor, but she seems to have much in common with a compounding pharmacists in the way she goes about making music. She’ll take a couple of milligrams of Memphis soul, combine it with a sprinkle of east Tennessee country, a dash of Texas rock and blues and wash it down with some gospel and it will be more than alright. It will be just what the doctor ordered.
Undone, May 2017, Keysandchords.com
Candace Bellamy – Undone
Twaalf jaar geleden begon dokter Candace Bellamy als hobby te zingen in coverbanden en musicals. Dat leidde haar naar Austin in Texas, waar ze samenwerkte met songwriters zoals Ruth Carter (componist voor Stevie Ray Vaughn, Robert Palmer, en John Mayall), baslegende Jimi Calhoun (Dr. John, Jimi Hendrix, John Lennon) en Jake Langley (Roberta Flack, Willie Nelson, k.d. lang). Nu is haar nieuwe EP uitgekomen, met songs over het leven. Het verhaal erachter is dat we dikwijls niet beseffen waar mensen mee bezig zijn in hun strijd. Maar er is hoop. ‘Bad Idea’ begint met blues rock, waarop ze advies geeft aan een vriendin, gevolgd door het ietwat funky ‘Strut’. Daarna is ‘Chase Me’ een ballade, waarna de single ‘Trigger’ volgt, ietwat rock met een bluesachtergrond. En de titeltrack, die afsluit, is een rasechte soulballade. Een aanrader uit het zuiden van de USA, met invloeden van soul, funk, blues en zelfs rock.
Patrick Van de Wiele (4)
This EP has influences from the south of the USA, with soul, funk, blues and even rock. Recommended.
Santa Baby, December 2016, Bill’s Music Blog.
I first heard about Candace Bellamy on a tip from SoulTracks, a website and newsletter that is a compendium of all things soul music. This is the EP that I flipped for as soon as I heard it, partially because Bellamy’s particular combination of soul, jazz, and blues is pure magic when paired with Christmas. The other reason is Bellamy’s voice, her tone and delivery is perfectly suited for this type of material. Her Santa Baby EP has four tracks, two carols and two secular tunes. I’m going to go out on a limb here and say that her “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas” is as good as any version of this song that I’ve ever heard. This record compares favorably to an EP by Hamish Stuart, Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Stuart, formerly a founding member of the Average White Band, released this EP some years ago, and it never fails to amaze me just how relaxing a good soul Christmas record can be. Aside from her voice and her excellent musicians, a giant reason why these recordings sound so good is the amount of air in them. I’m talking about the production style that allows these tracks lots of space to breathe. When done right, as on Shelby Lynne’s Just A Little Lovin’ album, it’s the silence within the song that makes the music that much more powerful. Even Bellamy’s title track, “Santa Baby”, sounds so good I don’t even care that it will be the 900th version in my collection. For the record, Bellamy is an R&B artist based in Austin, TX, and she does have one prior full length album and some EPs, just not a full length Christmas album (yet).
Listen to:”God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen” and “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas”.
Santa Baby, December 2016, Soul Tracks.
A successful physician who also has the gift of a mellofluous voice that does its own healing, Candace Bellamy has juggled her two loves for over a decade now. And while she has intentionally worked in a broad palette of musical styles, from soul to rock to jazz to blues, she takes a much more laid back, jazzy approach to her latest release and first Christmas recording, the EP Santa Baby.
Opening with a smooth electric guitar and attractive bass line, Bellamy leads off the disc with a cool take on “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen,” emitting the kind of comfortable vibe that is a welcome contrast to the generally stilted, uncomfortable versions that have filled the radio over the years. The song provides a good peek at Bellamy’s overall approach on the album, creating a musically consistent feel to a disparate group of songs, making them work surprisingly well, one after another.
Song selection often craters holiday albums, and there are times on Santa Baby when the song choices make it a bit tougher to create something transcendant. Exhibit 1 is the title cut, a novelty song popularized by Eartha Kitt more than a half century ago, but one that is rarely on anyone’s list of holiday favorites. However, it is not faint praise to say Bellamy gives perhaps the most enjoyable version of the song yet, moving the ersatz sexy 1950s lyrics to less front-and-center position, and focusing more on the groove and style of the cut. And if the title cut was a challenge for Bellamy to elevate, even tougher is “Little Drummer Boy,” an odd carol that has rarely been covered well over the years. But Bellamy and crew take the song in a different direction, giving it a New Orleans feel, with playful horns and and terrific vocal arrangements.
For me, the highlight of Santa Baby is the gentle reading of “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas,” a smoky take on an oft-recorded classic, with Sean Giddings’ piano interacting beautifully with Bellamy’s alto, and an equally nice solo guitar from Carter Arrington. It feels like midnight in December at Baker’s Keyboard Lounge, and establishes a mood that works just right.
At four songs and sixteen minutes, this enjoyable disc ends too soon for my taste. Candace Bellamy has always had an understated way of making the most of a song (if you haven’t heard it, check out her 2015 version of “Try A Little Tenderness”), and she continues to demonstrate her masterful song stylings on Santa Baby, even with more suspicious underlying material than her prior albums. She makes each of these songs her own, and creates a late night holiday album that you’ll want to snuggle around for years to come. Recommended.
Try A Little Tenderness, Soul Tracks.
“We introduced SoulTrackers to singer Candace Bellamy a few years ago with her wonderful album A Thousand Shades of Blue. And we’ve been following this talented singer – who is also a physician! – ever since.
Candace is working on a new album due for release this Fall, and she kicks it off with a familiar song. Working with French producer Jahta Manilla, she has created a killer cover of Otis Redding’s classic “Try a Little Tenderness.” Candace’s version has a soulful groove topped by her gentle, expressive vocals, giving new life to an old favorite.
Candace tells us about the cut: “Doing a cover of a well known tune by one of my favorite artists of all time, not to mention working on the project with a new producer who lived five thousand miles away was both exciting and terrifying. But I loved every minute of it. I hope you enjoy our interpretation of a classic and that we’ve made Otis proud.”
I think Otis would be smiling.
Music Review -In My Lane, Soul Tracks.
“Varied and intriguing, and one of the early winners of 2013. Highly Recommended.”
Music Review – In My Lane, This Is Book’s Music.
In My Lane is an album by an artist who not only understands the path she has taken, but also knows of the interesting detours and off-ramps that she has the option of going towards, under her own rules.
Music Review- In My Lane, Scrink in Music.
You’re going to feel good listening to her music. Truly.
Music Review- In My Lane, Grungecake.
Delving into the submissions pile from record labels, a month ago, we listened to Candace Bellamy and we’re impressed! Considerably influenced by The Temptations, Roberta Flack and Aretha Franklin, Bellamy brings it on “In My Lane”.
Music Review – In My Lane, Austin Chronicle.
In My Lane…. finds the Tennessee native leaving no vocal stone unturned. Here’s one singer who shouldn’t have to stick to her day job.
Music Review – In My Lane, Daily News Pittsburgh.
Austin, Texas-based newcomer Candace Bellamy puts the “blues” in rhythm & blues on stellar debut “In My Lane.”
Music Review – Soul Bag, France
Cette belle femme est médecin le jour à Austin, Texas, et chanteuse le soir dans les clubs locaux. Après un premier EP paru en 2011, elle propose ce premier album visiblement réalisé sans le soutien d’un “vrai” label. Elle bénéficie pourtant de moyens honorables pour une production signée Ruth Carter et Jake Langley. La première est une songwriter respectée dont les textes ont été repris par Stevie Ray Vaughan et même… Vanessa Paradis. Le second est un guitariste tout aussi estimé et qui s’illustre largement ici, souvent avec bonheur (bonne partie de slide dans Johnny). Candace Bellamy fait preuve d’un joli tempérament, accrocheuse dans les pièces mid tempo, gentiment funky (Put down your foot, Sweet sweet soul), sophistiquée et sensible dans les titres jazzy (Like honey, Walk away), mais c’est dans I don’t know et EXpect qu’elle donne toute sa mesure de soul sister. Dommage que quelques titres soient moins marquants et que les 39 minutes de l’album nous laissent sur notre faim. En laissant espérer un prolongement prochain.
Translation-This beautiful young woman is a physician by day in Austin Texas, and a singer in local clubs by night.
After a first EP released in 2011, she proposes this first album obviously carried out without the support of a “true” label.
However, she have the benefit of respectable resources for a production signed by Ruth Carter and Jake Langley. The former is a respected song writer whose lyrics have been covered by Stevie Ray Vaughan and even…. Vanessa Paradis. The latter is an equally respected guitar player who often distinguish himself brilliantly here (Good piece of slide guitar on Johnny).
Candace Bellamy shows a nice temperament, catchy in the mid-tempo pieces, gently funky (Put down the foot, Sweet sweet soul), sophisticated and sensitive in the jazzy tracks (Like honey, Walk away). But it is in I don’t know and Expect that she gives her full potential of “ Soul sister”. It’s a pity that some tracks are less striking and that the 39 min of the album leave us unsatisfied. Raising hope for an upcoming continuation.
Music Review – In My Lane, The Horn, Austin.
Candace Bellamy…..has a new record and it’s fiery and rich.
Music Review – In My Lane, Austin Monthly.
The deeply funky guitar riff that kicks off In My Lane’s lead track, “Put Down The Foot” gives you a pretty good taste of what’s to come. But there’s more to this debut album than tasty soul. Bellamy really shines on jazzy blues numbers, “Like Honey” and “Walk Away.”