Concerts Under The Stars Are Back

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It looks like it’s going to be another fun-filled weekend of activities here in the Rim Country.

Friday jump-starts the busy weekend with the annual Relay for Life American Cancer Walk at the high school and the new Mountain High Games, which continue through Sunday.

For those who are into less physical activity and more into watching than doing, Saturday kicks off the eight-week “Concert Under the Stars” summer music series at Green Valley Park. Performances are always 7-9 p.m.

This first concert in the park will feature home-grown Candyce Kain and her five-member country band, “Raizen Kain.” Bring a lawn chair or blanket, sit back, relax (or get up and dance if you like) and enjoy some good ol’ country music.

A little about Candyce. This aspiring country singer was born in New York, then moved with her family to Payson when she was eight years old. She attended both Julia Randall Elementary and Frontier Elementary School. At Rim Country Middle School, she sang for three years in the choir and starred in the school musical “Lumberjacks and Wedding Bells.”

When she was 15, Candyce began singing at the Rye Bar & Grill and continued honing her musical talent in the choir and annual musicals at Payson High School. She is a 2005 graduate of PHS and now lives in the Valley.

When I asked Candyce if she had always been a fan of country music, she responded, “Yep, I’ve been riding since I was three and I come from a family that loves country music. Mom was always singing in the house and Grandma sang at the Radio City Music Hall.”

A couple of years ago, Candyce accepted the challenge of entering a YouTube online music contest and sent in a music demo. Out of 4,000 entrants, the young, ambitious singer was chosen as the contest winner and was invited to Nashville to cut her own album. Last May, Candyce released her first music video “Somewhere In Between,” which she says, “describes exactly who I am.”

If you visit Candyce’s Web site (www.candycemusic.com), you can watch her video and not only see and listen to this rising country music star, but also see great scenery from where her video was shot — in and around Payson. You’ll also see cameo appearances of Mom and Dad, too.

I asked Candyce what we can expect from her concert at Green Valley Park this Saturday night. She said, “Country music from Patsy Cline to Carrie Underwood, with a little classic rock thrown in, too. We put on an amazing show and people will walk away wanting more!”

This week’s music trivia question is: Can you name the country music artist who has always been Candyce’s favorite singer?

This Oklahoma-born singer and actress first began recording in 1976 and is still going strong today. She has compiled 23 number-one country hits, including this year’s chart-topper “Turn On The Radio.” She has acted in several films and in the Broadway revival of “Annie Get Your Gun.” She also starred in her own 2001-2007 sitcom, for which she was nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series.

Some of this artist’s other number-one hits are “Somebody,” “Consider Me Gone” and Candyce‘s favorite — “Fancy.”

Is Candyce’s favorite country singer A) Faith Hill, B) Suzy Bogguss, C) Reba McEntire or D) Janet Kain?

If you’re the sixth caller and have the correct answer, you’ll win your very own copy of Candyce’s debut album “Kickin’ Up Dust.”

Now, let’s check out how we did with last week’s music trivia question: Which of the following “American Idol” contestants from past years did not go on to become a season-winning “American Idol?” A) Chris Daughtry, B) Jordin Sparks, C) Taylor Hicks or D) Fantasia Barrino?

The correct answer was Chris Daughtry, who was eliminated after making it to the final four round in 2006 (the same round that James Durbin was sent home this year). Since his appearances on “American Idol,” Daughtry has gone on to become the third most successful Idol contestant in the show’s 10-year history, earning nine hits on Billboard’s Hot-100 chart.

Fantasia Barrino (2004), Taylor Hicks (2006) and Jordin Sparks (2007) were each crowned “American Idol” winners and have had successful singing careers, all having achieved Top-10 charted hits.

Congratulations to this past week’s music trivia winner, Bob Chasse, who not only has been a winner several times in the past, but with his win this week has the distinction of being this column’s first back-to-back winner. For his correct answer, Bob won a $25 gift certificate to Verizon Wireless, located in the Safeway Shopping Plaza.

Lastly, new pictures I’ve added to my Web site are from the promotion ceremony and dance held last week at Tonto Basin School. My best wishes to all six graduating eighth-graders who will continue their academic pursuits this fall at Payson High School.

Have a great week ahead!

DJ Craig

Phone: 468-1482

Web site: www.DJCraigInPayson.com

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