Plenty of reasons to sing the blues

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Candye Kane finds inner strength to rise above adversity

Award winning Blues artist Candye Kane is coming to perform at Glasgow Square on March 9. She said a life of struggle has made her well suited for the genre. 

Candye Kane has the same cancer that killed Apple founder Steve Jobs. If she were a richer woman, she believes it might have taken her life too.

But she’s poor, she said and had to listen to the doctors instructions instead of trying alternative treatments and she believes that’s saved her life.

Kane has a way of finding ways of seeing the good in the bad despite a life that has given her plenty of reasons to sing the blues.

When she was born, her father was in prison and her mother was “a bit crazy,” she says. As a child she was encouraged to shoplift. At 17 she had a son and to stay off welfare she got into adult entertainment. She was a battered wife for a time and a drug addict for parts of her career.

“I’ve had a life that was full of trials and tribulations,” she openly admits.

But the award winning blues musician says she’s thankful for the hardships of her life, that have forced her to find her inner strength and has enabled her to share that strength through song with others.

“I do a lot of songs of empowerment,” she said. “The songwriting has always part of my salvation. I write songs that keep me off the psychologist’s couch.”

Her tracks bear titles such as “I’m the toughest girl alive ” and “I’m not getting older, I’m getting better.”

“When I sing those songs 255 days a year they make me stronger,” she said. “Music has a way of healing that spoken words don’t.”

She’s bringing those songs and others she hopes will lift people’s spirits at Glasgow Square at 4 p.m. on March 9.

With Kane will be musical partner Laura Chavez, who Kane describes as an amazing guitarist that will delight the crowd.

“This show has a quality of empowerment to it,” she said. “People will feel like they’ve been to revival meeting without any of the preaching.”

She said her goal is to reflect people’s own strength back at them. She said so many people wait to be validated by a partner or work or a miracle, but that’s not where they should be looking she says. She has found everyone has inner strength, whether they believe it’s from a higher power or just exists, she isn’t sure.

“I believe it’s there and you can tap into it if you really need to,” she said. “That’s what I do in my show – explain musically how they can.”

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Want to go?

Date: Sunday March 9th 2014

Venue: Glasgow Square

Time: 4 p.m.

Tickets: $18 advance/$20 door

Ticket outlets: The White Lotus NG, H&R Music NG, The Glasgow Square Theatre NG, Ticket Pro outlet: MacKinnon's Pharmasave Antigonigh, Ticket Pro outlet: MacQuarries's Pharmasave Truro, or online at ticketpro.ca

Organizations: Apple

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