Contest Gives Woman Something To Sing About

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Jeannie R. Herford

Local singer Candyce sang before a panel of judges at the Lone Butte Casino.

It may not be “American Idol,” but for one local woman, making it to the semi-finals of the Lone Butte Casino’s “Lucky Break” singing competition, is one step closer to her dream.

Hometown singer Candyce has always dreamed of making it big in country music. With an album cut on an independent label as well as a music video — shot locally and in Tonto Basin several months ago — Candyce is well on her way to making a name.

But breaking into the music business is no easy task.

On Oct. 14, Candyce won a spot in the casino’s semi-finals with a perfect score of 7-7-7 from the judges. Candyce was also picked as the judge’s choice. You can watch Candyce’s audition this Saturday, Oct. 30 on CBS channel 5 at 11:30 p.m.

Candyce’s mother, Janet Kraniak, said when Candyce heard about the contest through a friend, she saw it as a great way to get her name out there.

If she wins, Candyce would take home $5,000, two tickets to the Grammys and a chance to sing before Nashville or Las Vegas music executives.

Candyce will compete in the semi-finals on Nov. 4, at 7:30 p.m. at the Lone Butte Casino in the Cascade Lounge. If she makes it through semi-finals, Candyce will compete in the grand finale on Dec. 16. 

While the 18-week competition is open to all genres, Janet said Candyce is a “country girl through and through.”

On the day of the competition, Janet said she was more nervous than Candyce.

“I’m swigging the Pepto-Bismol, but she acted like it was a walk in the park,” Janet said.

“I told her after, ‘You never have to be nervous because I am nervous for you.’”

Performing is something Candyce has done since she was little. When she was in high school, she acted in several plays and several years ago, auditioned for a Nashville producer. He liked her so much he invited her to Nashville where she cut several demos.

Candyce later released the album, “Kickin’ Up Dust” and most recently got a band together to tour the state.

Next year, Candyce plans to cut two more songs.

“She is ready to rock and roll and the more exposure she gets, the better,” Janet said. “Tune in and watch her make Payson proud.”

For more information, visit Candyce’s Web site: www.candycemusic.com.

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