This is a collectable, limited edition collection of released and unreleased tracks spanning Blues diva Candye Kane's 20 year career. Songs from her earliest, out of print releases including "Homecookin'," "Knockout," and "Swango." Her songs of empowerment have inspired people around the globe. This is the the best collection to date of Candye's personal favorites from her impressive catalogue of ten albums. This collection was compiled for her stage play "The Toughest Girl Alive" which had its world premiere debut at the Moxie Theater in San Diego on January 15, 2011.
Los Angeles native Candye Kane sings a sassy and showbiz-savvy blend of blues and soul that takes no prisoners of any persuasion. Kane has been a lot of things in her life, from a mother and serious student to a pinup girl and actress (both on-stage and in risqué movies), and she even did a stint as a serious, full-tilt punk rocker. She’d be just another fringe player in L.A. except for two things she can sing like nobody’s business and she has a sexy, intelligent, and passionate musical vision to match her voice.
Candye Kane's sole major-label release, 1998's Swango, isn't one of her best albums. Producer Mike Vernon (who had run the famous U.K. blues-rock label Blue Horizon in the '60s) uses the then-current swing revival to reduce the more authentic jump blues elements of Kane's earlier records…..
Candye Kane has been called a survivor, a superhero and the toughest girl alive. They are apt descriptions of the jump blues singer, songwriter and mother of two from East Los Angeles who has earned this moniker the hard way. Nominated for five National Blues Foundation Awards including the 2011 Contemporary Blues Female Artist of the Year, winner of ten San Diego Music Awards, starring in a sold out stage play about her life, and beating down pancreatic cancer in the last two years, Kane is one tough cookie. She has performed worldwide for presidents and movie stars. On her 2011 release, Sister Vagabond, Candye Kane once again delivers her heart on a platter. Kane presents a more mature and swinging collection of scorching blues and soul originals, searing with the young Laura Chavez's impressive guitar work.
For over two decades Candye Kane has entertained audiences the world over with her rousing big-voiced vocals and amorous stage presence, drawing inspiration from the brash blues stylings of Big Maybelle, Ruth Brown, Big Mama Thorton, Bessie Smith and Etta James. In February 2008 she was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and facing a most uncertain future. Thankfully, with the love and support of friends and fans worldwide she overcame this challenge and less than one year later has been pronounced cancer free. With renewed energy and a new lease on life Candye now makes her triumphant return with Superhero, her most personal and rewarding effort to date. Featuring special guests Kid Ramos, Dave Gonzales and Mitch Kashmar.
The band plays Jump blues and swing, are full of hassle, and take the audience back to the 50s and 60s (remember dance shoes!) Simply a deadly band!
Lady J is renowned for her style, her red dresses and reap a great applause for surprise scenes - both musically and visually. She pours in rockabilly and old jazz about the occasion, and takes inspiration from artists like Candye Kane and Imelda May.