The name “Canda” represents a natural glow, a burst of intense light. This light undoubtedly shines from this passionate American singer, songwriter and musician, where she exudes her inner glow from her quiet smile to the moment she embraces the mike with her melodic voice. Contemporary Jazz, Soul, and Rhythm & Blues, make up this lovely and beautiful singer/songwriter, as she makes a unique stamp on adult contemporary music. Her graceful style, silky vocals and lyrics are hypnotic to the soul, bound to lull you into a state of total relaxation. Characterized as "Sweet-voice" in conversation and in music, she is a versatile artist, whether composing jazzy lullabies or flowing with the seductive beats of Groove and Smooth Jazz music, her range is captivating.
Coming from an extended family rich with musical and artistic talents, at the age of 2, Canda first started to sing to her grand-uncle while sitting atop of his upright piano. At an early age, she became influenced by her father's jazz collection which included renowned vocalists Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Sarah Vaughn, and Nancy Wilson. Later, Canda became inspired by jazz & soul artists Chanté Moore, Phyllis Hyman, Sade, and the late Teena Marie. Having received her Master’s degree in vocal performance, classical training helped her develop the vocal endurance she skillfully applies today as she continues to devote her talents in music as a writer, performer and educator. Her teachings as a voice and music instructor have allowed her to nurture her talents in voice, piano as well as flute.
Following her heart and innate abilities, Canda writes and sings with passion, sharing experiences of life and love over dramatic instrumentals and nu-jazz beats. Having graced the stage performing nationally and internationally, she is well vetted on committing to each performance and takes sheer delight in communicating musically to her audience. With each song, Canda naturally shows her beautiful light, with nostalgic melodies that attract the doting ear and ignites the loving and loved. She has won many hearts with her debut soulful single "Consider This", featured on her highly anticipated debut album. As she prepares to release her long awaited debut, we invite you to continue to listen and experience all that is Canda.
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Jaijai, what a wonderful mission you've undertaken to create such a place for artistic minds to meet and share their hearts. A place to renew faded determinations, and revive lessened momentums. A place to display our wares and reconfirm to one another that we actually are on the right track.
I commend you, Jaijai, for caring so much that you created this castle of the heart for all of us. I want to share my praise for all of the new friends as well as old friends that I've met and will meet here in our castle. Here we can garnish the where-with-all, the strength, the conviction, and the selflessness through our symbiosis, to share our gift to the world with an unbiased agenda.
My mentor, Daisaku Ikeda says of art: "A beautiful flower delights and refreshes the hearts of all people equally, no matter what soil it grows in. That is the power of beauty. The same is true of great art. It is this spirit that the German poet Heinrich Heine sang of when he wrote that once the peapod bursts open, the sugar peas inside are for everyone to enjoy."