Los Angeles, CA – Singer-songwriter and dancer Candice Craig introduced in 2019 with some for her closest buddies, household, and supporters for an extravagant 2019 New Years Eve celebration. The occasion, which additionally occurred to land on her birthday, is the place she formally debuted her new single “Bands Up” (a #JustPay attentionHipHopListing fave) to the world for a banging efficiency with the assistance of The Future Kingz as her unbelievable again up dancers.
Held in a large mansion on Mulholland Drive, the celebration was packed and music stuffed the property courtesy of DJ Muda. There was a endless provide of Ciroc and Bel-Air champagne flowing all through all the night time and greater than sufficient bites, together with a stunning lady mendacity on a desk adorned in pink rose petals and sushi, who was form sufficient to let a ravenous crowd eat off her.
Some of the visitors who got here out to assist rejoice the New Year and launch of her new single “Bands Up” included Los Angeles Laker Lonzo Ball, her boyfriend retired NFL participant Omar Bolden, Hip Hop clothier Karl Kani, The Bobby Brown Story‘s Woody McClain in addition to well-liked social media influencers akin to B. Simone, Watch Jazzy, Liane V, Don Benjamin, Dan Rue and Jessica Burciaga, amongst many others.
In the spirit of “Bands Up,” $100 greenback payments with Candice’s countenance coated the ground. There was even a greenback signal ice sculpture and cash weapons visitors may play with whereas dancing the night time away.
This was Candice’s approach of getting into the brand new 12 months and her new track “Bands Up” is a whole temper. Before the celebration kicked off, hitmusic sat with Candice and acquired some recommendation from the famed dancer about the important thing to getting your bands up in 2018, her time signed to Island Def Jam as a part of woman group Girls United and why it’s vital for her to strive her hand at going solo.
hitmusic: Your new track known as “Bands Up” and it’s fireplace. What’s one of the best ways somebody can get their bands up in 2019?
Candice Craig: Really consider in your self even after they inform you it’s not doable. That, I really feel like, is the important thing to life. You don't have any boundaries ever. Don’t let anybody inform you that. 25 no’s for one sure. When you do not forget that ratio you'll win. It is what it's. Not everybody goes to consider in you and “Bands Up” is about being a boss bae, proudly owning as much as it, getting your personal cash, your personal happiness and love. “Bands Up” is common and I really feel prefer it’s one thing that every one males want to listen to, all girls want to listen to, everyone. Believe in your self and it’ll all occur.
DX: You’ve achieved lots in your profession to this point and now you’re going full velocity forward as a solo artist. Tell me about your time signed to Def Jam, being a part of that woman group and getting on X-Factor.
CC: I used to be signed straight out of Miami. I used to be in a lady group referred to as Girls United. We have been flown out all the best way to New York to fulfill with Karen Kwak who on the time was beneath L.A. Reid and we needed to do the standard, old-school file deal signing scenario. We needed to go in there and carry out for him. We left the massive constructing in New York, we get a name from the label and it was them calling to supply us a deal. We have been so younger, 17 years previous, not even 18 but getting signed by L.A. Reid to Island Def Jam and we couldn’t have been any extra ecstatic. With that cash, we moved to Los Angeles. We have been a bunch for about eight years. We did X-Factor and made Top 10 teams with Simon Cowell and it was the identical time Demi Lovato was on there and so was Kelly Rowland. The group fell aside as a result of one of many ladies needed to be a sugar child. I made a decision to go solo after that. It’s been about two years and that is the primary 12 months the place I'm diving head first into it and placing the music first.
DX: Since you’re doing your personal factor now, what are your expectations this go round?
CC: I simply really feel prefer it’s lastly the time. I’ve been in a lady group for therefore lengthy and in between leaving the woman group and being signed to Island Def Jam, I used to be on tour with Nicki Minaj, Pharrell and I used to be dancing for Chris Brown and doing all these large exhibits. I’ve at all times needed to cross-pollinate and do two on the identical time so this 12 months I actually wish to deal with the artist aspect and actually hone and dive in deep. Nothing else actually issues proper now and there may be solely a plan A so we simply acquired to dive in head first.
DX: What classes are you bringing with you as you embark on this new journey of being a solo artist?
CC: So many issues. The cash aspect, the enterprise aspect of issues, having buddies within the enterprise, some individuals don’t have the perfect curiosity for you some individuals do. You study individuals and that the individuals round you're essential. You additionally study constructing the fitting workforce. Everybody round you issues and I feel that’s one of many greatest issues I realized as a result of you may’t do issues with out the fitting individuals. Family is tremendous vital and conserving them shut as a result of it’s tremendous cutthroat. One minute you’re sizzling and one minute you’re not. Just being level-headed and having fun with your self as a result of it truly is in regards to the course of. We all have objectives and aspirations nevertheless it’s nearly having fun with the journey and that’s why I really feel so fulfilled in my life proper now as a result of I noticed that I select all the pieces. I select who I wish to love, I select what I wish to do.
DX: You are an incredible dancer and clearly know the right way to make a bop, what’s your favourite half about performing your music?
CC: I really like being within the studio creating it after which seeing it come to life by truly performing it. So from the method of getting a vibe after I go into the studio whether or not or not it's with a author or producer and addressing the vibe of the day. Sometimes you’re joyful and generally you are feeling such as you wish to slap a hoe. Whatever that feeling is, I really like that it could actually translate over after which I can placed on a complete efficiency to create a complete vibe for the gang to catch it. The second they catch it's the better part about performing.
DX: You’ve just about constructed what you've got occurring now out of your clothing line to your music profession by yourself. What drives you to get up each day to go work out, go hit the studio, put out the track, make the style line and actually simply put your self on the market?
CC: Honestly, this would possibly sound cliché however I do it for my household. I do it for the individuals I really like and the individuals who consider in me even after I gave them nothing to consider in. My household is my primary and so they’re pleased with me. I wish to handle them and I wish to have it the place they don’t need to work. I don’t need my mother to work anymore. We are virtually there. I really feel like I’m proper on the tip. When I should purchase her a home and he or she doesn’t need to work anymore I can look again, like rattling we lastly did one thing.
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