Candi Staton is a rare talent – an American soul and gospel singer who has achieved chart success not just within her primary genre, but also within disco and club music.
With an extraordinary six-decade career to her name, Staton is perhaps best known today for the big disco tunes Young Hearts Run Free and the anthemic You Got The Love. But before those, she enjoyed a string of gritty Top Ten RnB hits including I’m Just A Prisoner, Stand By Your Man and In The Ghetto. Staton’s evergreen sound still has musicians lining up to perform with her and sample her songs with Florence & the Machine’s monster 2011 hit, retitled You’ve Got The Love, amongst the most famous.
Recently reuniting with the legendary Rick Hall who produced her early hits, Staton has been exploring Americana with her 27th album Life Happens, a new collection of hard-hitting songs about life and love ranging from country rock and southern soul to low down blues. Once known as the First Lady of Southern Soul, Festival of Voice was delighted to stage a truly remarkable performance from this living legend.