Candi Staton performing.
|Birth name||Canzetta Maria Staton|
|Born||March 13, 1940|
|Labels||Apollo, Savoy, Warner Bros., Fame Records, Positiva Records, Intersound Records|
|Associated acts||The Source|
Canzetta Maria "Candi" Staton (//) (born March 13, 1940 in Hanceville, Alabama) is an American soul and gospel singer, best known in the United States for her 1970 remake of Tammy Wynette's "Stand By Your Man" and her 1976 disco chart-topper "Young Hearts Run Free". In Europe, her biggest selling record is the anthemic "You Got the Love" from 1986, released in collaboration with the Source. Staton was inducted into the Christian Music Hall of Fame. Staton is a four-time Grammy Award nominee.
At the age of 11 or 12, Staton and her sister Maggie were sent to the Jewell Christian Academy in Nashville, Tennessee. Her vocal abilities quickly set her apart from the crowd; the school's pastor teamed the two sisters with a third girl (Naomi Harrison) to form the Jewell Gospel Trio. As teenagers, they toured the traditional gospel circuit in the 1950s with the Soul Stirrers, C. L. Franklin and Mahalia Jackson. They recorded several sides for Nashbro, Apollo and Savoy Records between 1953 and 1963.
In 1968, Staton was introduced to Rick Hall by Clarence Carter, who became her second husband in 1970, and launched her solo career as a Southern soul stylist, garnering 16 R&B hits for Rick Hall's Fame Studios and gaining the title of "First Lady of Southern Soul" for her Grammy-nominated R&B renditions of the songs "Stand by Your Man" and "In the Ghetto". Staton appeared on the September 23, 1972 edition (Season 2, Episode 1) of Soul Train.
In 1976, Staton began collaborating with producer David Crawford on disco songs such as "Young Hearts Run Free", which reached #1 on the US R&B charts, #2 in the UK Singles Chart and went Top 20 on the Pop Hot 100  during the summer of 1976. It was remixed and re-released in 1986 reaching the UK Top 50. Follow up song "Destiny" hit the Top 50 in the UK. Candi's version of "Nights on Broadway" hit the UK Top 10 in 1977; it had been a US Billboard hit for the Bee Gees over a year before. In 1978, she scored another Top 50 hit in the UK with "Honest I Do I Love You". In 1979, from her album "Chance" Staton released album single "When You Wake Up Tomorrow" (co-written by Patrick Adams and Wayne K. Garfield) and the title song "Chance", a top 20 R&B charted record. Other Dance club chart hits included "When You Wake Up Tomorrow" and "Victim". In 1982, Candi again hit the UK chart with a version of Elvis Presley's "Suspicious Minds". In 1996, singer Kym Mazelle recorded "Young Hearts Run Free" for the film adaption Romeo + Juliet of William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet.
In 1982, Staton returned to gospel music. She married her fourth husband, John Sussewell (drummer for Ashford & Simpson and also Dory Previn's sixth album). Together they founded Beracah Ministries in Atlanta, Georgia with help from Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker's PTL Ministries. She has since recorded twelve gospel albums, two of which received Grammy Award nominations.
Staton appears on the United Nations Register of Entertainers, Actors And Others Who Have Performed in Apartheid South Africa.
In 1991, she returned to UK popular charts by lending her vocals to the Source's British hit, "You Got the Love"(Positiva Records). That song reached #4 in 1991, and new version #3 in 1997 remixed by The Source. Staton signed with Intersound Records in 1995. In 2000, she released her eleventh album, Here's a Blessing. In 2004, the British record label Honest Jon's released a compilation CD of her country-soul work from the late 1960s and early 1970s, the self-titled Candi Staton, and Staton followed it up with a secular project in 2006 entitled His Hands, produced by Mark Nevers of Lambchop and with the title track written by Will Oldham. Two of Staton's children, Cassandra Hightower (background vocals) and Marcus Williams (drums), joined her on the CD. A second studio album for Honest Jon's, titled Who's Hurting Now?, appeared in 2009. She and Rick Hall reunited to make a half dozen more sides for Staton's 2014 southern soul album, Life Happens. The lead Americana radio single, "I Ain't Easy to Love", featured Jason Isbell and John Paul White (formerly of The Civil Wars). The trio performed the track on The Late Show with David Letterman.
In August 2018, Staton released her 30th album, “Unstoppable,” which has been touted as a retro psychedelic R&B project. NPR music journalist, Alison Fensterstock, wrote that it, “Delivers the kind of forthright confidence and soul-girding power that can only be summoned by a grown woman who has learned a thing or two. And Staton has lived many lives. Creatively, the quadruple Grammy nominee and Christian Music Hall of Famer has moved between soul and R&B, gospel, disco and even EDM before returning to her roots as an elder stateswoman.”
On 30 October 2018, Staton announced that she had been diagnosed with breast cancer.
Staton has been married six times:
- Joe Williams (1959–1968) (divorced) 4 children;
- Marcus Williams
- Marcel Williams
- Terry Williams
- Cassandra Hightower
- Clarence Carter (1970–1973) (divorced) 1 child;
- Clarence Carter Jr.
- Jimmy James (1974–1977) (divorced)
- John Sussewell (1980–1998) (divorced)
- Otis Nixon (2010–2012) (divorced)
- Henry Hooper (2017-)
- I'm Just a Prisoner (1970)
- Stand By Your Man (1971)
- Candi Staton (1972)
- Candi (1974)
- Young Hearts Run Free (1976) UK #34
- Music Speaks Louder Than Words (1977)
- House of Love (1978)
- Chance (1979)
- Candi Staton (1980)
- Nightlites (1982)
- Make Me an Instrument (1983)
- The Anointing (1985)
- Sing a Song (1986)
- Love Lifted Me (1988)
- Stand Up and Be a Witness (1990)
- Standing on the Promises (1991)
- I Give You Praise (1993)
- It's Time (1995)
- Cover Me (1997)
- Outside In (1999)
- Here's a Blessing (2000)
- Christmas in My Heart (2000)
- Glorify (2001)
- Proverbs 31 Woman (2002)
- His Hands (2006)
- I Will Sing My Praise to You (2008)
- Who's Hurting Now? (Release: spring 2009)
- Life Happens (2014)
- It's Time to Be Free (2016)
- Unstoppable (2018)
- The best of Candi Staton Featuring Young Hearts Run Free (1995 Warner Archives) Originals (not re-recorded)
- The Ultimate Gospel Collection (2006)
- Evidence: The Complete Fame Records Masters (2011) - For the first time ever all 48 of the tracks she made for Rick Hall's label between 1969 and 1974 are together in one place. 22 have never been on CD before and 12 are previously unreleased.
Singles (non comprehensive)
- "I'd Rather Be an Old Man's Sweetheart (Than a Young Man's Fool) (1969) R&B #9 US #46
- "I'm Just a Prisoner (Of Your Good Lovin')" (1969) R&B #13 US #56
- "Sweet Feeling" (1970) R&B #5 US #60
- "Stand by Your Man" (1970) R&B #4 US #24
- "He Called Me Baby" (1971) R&B #9 US #52
- "In the Ghetto" (1972) R&B #12 US #48
- "Do It in the Name of Love" (1973) R&B #17 US #80
- "As Long as He Takes Care of Home" (1974) R&B #6 US #51
- "Young Hearts Run Free" (1976) US #20 UK #2 R&B #1 (1986 re-release #47, 1999 re-release #29)
- "Destiny" (1976) UK #41
- "Nights on Broadway" (1977) UK #6 R&B #16 US #102
- "Honest I Do Love You" (1978) UK #48 R&B #77
- "Victim" (1978) R&B #17
- "When You Wake Up Tomorrow" (1979) R&B #13
- "Suspicious Minds" (1982) UK #31
- "You Got the Love" (1986) UK #95 R&B #88
- "You Got the Love" (The Source featuring Candi Staton - 1991) UK #4 (1997 re-release UK #3 (Now Voyager Mix), 2005 import release UK #60, 2006 "You Got the Love (New Voyager Mix)" (featuring Candi Staton - re-release) #7 UK)
- "Love On Love" (1999) UK #27
- "Young Hearts Run Free" (re-recording) (1999) UK #29
- "I Just Can't Get to Sleep at All" (2000) Energise Records, UK; limited release
- "Love Sweet Sound" Groove Armada featuring Candi Staton (2007)
- "Wilder Side" Rasmus Faber & Alf Tumble featuring Candi Staton (2010)
- "Hallelujah Anyway" (2012)
- "It's Your Season (B.W.Ø Remix)" (2016)
- Allmusic.com - accessed July 2010
- Christian Music Hall of Fame Archived 2009-12-25 at the Wayback Machine Staton inducted into the Christian Music Hall of Fame
- from an interview on episode 191 of the Americana Music Show, published May 12, 2014.
- "Divastation: Candi Staton". Archived from the original on 2008-01-12. Retrieved 2008-02-02.
- Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 525. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
- "Candi Staton". Retrieved 2008-02-02.
- "Divastation: Kym Mazelle". Archived from the original on 2007-12-15. Retrieved 2008-02-02. Kym Mazelle's cover of "Young Hearts Run Free" for the movie Romeo and Juliet.
- United Nations Centre against Apartheid. "REGISTER OF ENTERTAINERS, ACTORS AND OTHERS WHO HAVE PERFORMED IN APARTHEID SOUTH AFRICA" (PDF). doi:10.5555/al.sff.document.nuun1986_03_final.pdf.
- Soul singer Candi Staton diagnosed with breast cancer
- "Candi Staton Page". Soulwalking.co.uk. 1943-03-13. Retrieved 2012-04-26.
- Staton, Candi. "Candi Staton's Divorce from Otis Nixon". Interview: Candi Staton. SoSoGay.co.uk.
- Resident Advisor. "RA: Larse". Resident Advisor.
- "27th May – Essential Mix – Floorplan".
- "Calvin Harris Takeover - Annie Mac Show (BBC Radio 1)". 3 October 2012.
- "Release : "Hallelujah Anyway" by Candi Staton - MusicBrainz". musicbrainz.org.
- Candi Staton Live Review: Manchester International Festival 2011 - Manchester Confidential
- "Tiesto – Club Life 284 : 09-09-2012". 11 September 2012.