Bill Candy’s song, IDLE NEVER MORE, took 1st place overall in the Folk Music Ontario’s SONGS FROM THE HEART competition, 2013. Bill won the GALAXIE RISING STAR AWARD and performed his song at the conference in Oct./13. His new CD, IDLE NEVER MORE, was released to an enthusiastic crowd at The LivingArtsCenter, Mississauga, Oct. 18/14. You can hear and purchase it at www.billcandy.com/music/.
Bill Candy Revised Bio. Nov/2014
Singer/songwriter and accomplished guitarist BILL CANDY has a repertoire of original and cover songs ranging from James Taylor styles to country- swing, jazz and blues.
As a performer …
Bill Candy brings a seamless combination of guitar and vocal mastery to the stage. His original arrangements of folk, jazz, country, blues & pop classics are both unique and refreshing – keeping the audience entertained for the entire performance. Bill’s roots stem back to the 60’s & 70’s (Jim Croce, Paul Simon, James Taylor etc.), and combine with his classical and Jazz studies at the Royal Conservatory of Music and Berklee College of Music in Boston. It is this eclectic musical background that has produced Bill’s unique style of playing, and what sets him apart from other performers.
As a composer…
Up until ‘93 Bill was active as a soloist as well as being part of the well-known vocal group Edward, Harding and McLean who recorded 3 albums in their career and appeared on many CBC TV and radio programs. Having gone their separate ways, Bill has been focusing on his own songwriting and recording career which got off to a successful start in ‘91 with the release of his single “I Can’t Say That It’s True.” The song was charted nationally and held the #34 spot on the Record magazines’ top 50 country songs of ‘91. Bill’s CD, Closer To The Music, produced by Chad Irshick (Rankin Family), was released in ‘95 and has received great reviews and consistent national airplay.
Native Canadian star Susan Aglukark has also recorded one of Bill’s songs on her critically acclaimed EMI CD “This Child”, which presented Bill as one of Canada’s finest songwriters to the International community.
The year 2002 brought the release of Bill’s long-awaited new CD, “Common Ground” which was well received internationally, as well as here at home.
Bill continues to perform as a solo and with other artists in corporate, club and concert venues. Bill’s summers for the last 20 years have been spent at his cottage on Haliburton Lake where he plays every week ends for the guests at local resorts and restaurants.
At 63 Bill is showing no signs of slowing up. Bill, along with composer/arranger Tom Leighton, have produced a new CD, Idle Never More, for 2014 containing 10 original songs and 3 covers. It also includes a version of a piece composed by his grandfather, Canadian composer George Coutts. “A Highland Lullaby“, among other Coutts compositions, can be found in the Royal Conservatory of Music’s piano syllabus. Bill discovered that lyrics were written later on for the song and he has adapted it for guitar and voice on his new CD.
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