Music Reviews for Candace’s music!
This Feeling EP, March 2019, SmoothJazz.com
A fresh, powerfully soulful presence on the Smooth Jazz scene, physician by day, soul singer by night Candace Bellamy’s new EP, the gorgeously produced THIS FEELING, indeed feels like a heartfelt revelation. In only three tracks, she artfully portrays the bleakness of heartbreak, the wonderful promise of a lifelong love and, via a breezy reworking of a Roberta Flack classic, the sensual intensity of love in full bloom. In 2018, she had the opportunity to portray the legendary soul singer in a production of “The Voices of Donny Hathaway” in her adopted hometown of Austin, TX. Broadwayworld.com called her performance “a stellar turn as Roberta Flack.” Allow yourself to feel THIS FEELING, and you’ll feel exactly as we do about Candace!
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Undone EP, August 2017, Austin Chronicle
“Austin physician Candace Bellamy cuts right to the chase on the confident country/blues-rock of Undone, her fourth solo EP. The Knoxville, Tenn., transplant demonstrates an earthen and emotive voice..”
Undone EP, May 2017, Soul Tracks
“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 EP, May 2017, Keysandchords.com
“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.
“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).”
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
“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.”
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.
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.”
John Book, 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.
Candace Bellamy bringt neue Soulmusik in die Ohren. Vor kurzem veröffentlichte die Sängerin ihre EP „A Thousand Shades of Blue” Vor neun Jahren hatte Bellamy als Hobby mit dem Singen angefangen und erste Gesangsstunden genommen. Später trat sie mit diversen R&B-Bands auf. Nun steht die erste P bereit, auf der unter anderem Denny Freeman (Gitarre), Jimi Calhoun (Bass), Frosty Smith (Schlagzeug), Mike Thompson (Keyboard) und Bill Carter (Akustikgitarre). Ebenfalls mit dabei ist JJ Plasencio, der für “Sixpence None the Richer” Cello gespielt hat.
Gabino Iglesias-Austin Post
Candace Bellamy left Tennessee and came to Austin following a dream that brings many folks to the Live Music Capital of the World: making music. Once in Austin, Bellamy started stumbling into the right people and – with the positive attitude that characterizes her – only good things could happen. Five years later “A Thousand Shades of Blue” is out, and it’s one of the best records to hit Austin this year. The album is a beautiful mix of songs bursting with blues and happiness wrapped in amazing musicianship and delivered in Bellamy’s incredible voice.