Candice has always been singing, from the time she could walk, you always knew where she was because she was never shy with singing her heart out. Her father bought her a keyboard and gave her his old guitar and off she went to play and create her own music. Her first talent show, however, struck her with her first bout of stage fright after watching a young star in the making sing before her. After that she was terrifed to sing in front of a crowd. In 1996, her mother’s house was robbed and they stole her karaoke machine, CD Player and her CD’s. This stole her confidence in singing even more. It wasn’t until high school, where she was discovered by her High School Drama teacher and pushed her to build her confidence and pursue her singing.
After winning her first major singing competition in 2008 at the Big Valley Jamboree, Candice knew that performing live is what she was born to do and started on her career building journey. That moment changed her life forever and started the fire inside.
The powerful single, California Sunrise, was released to iTunes on January 31, 2014 followed by Canadian Radio on February 10th. Within the first 2 days she was the 4th most downloaded Country Artist from DMDS, so far 40 radio stations across Canada are playing California Sunrise. She also released her very first music video directed by CCMA Director of the Year nominee Troy Neimans. She was selected to perform during the Canadian Country Music Award events around Edmonton. She was nominated for Country Recording of the Year for her single “I Need You” at the 2014 Edmonton Music Awards, Also the Association of Country Music in Alberta for “Song of the Year” for “I Need You” and Female Artist of the Year. In October, The Edmonton Oilers contacted Candice to sing at 5 home games at Rexall place, where she made National TV during a Hockey Night in Canada game.
In 2013, Candice released her debut EP “Welcome to Our World” and the first single released “Cougar Blonde” was picked up on over 30 radio stations across Canada. In that same year she has sang on stage with Vince Gill and The Time Jumpers in Nashville, the house band at Famous Tootsies, Won NACMAI “Female Vocalist/Entertainer of the Year and Songwriter of the Year for “I Need You” in Tennessee, and she was selected as the 2013 Edmonton Oil Kings Anthem Singer for their Playoff run. Soon after, the Edmonton Eskimos, Edmonton Oilers, Edmonton Rush, Castrol Raceway, and the Edmonton Prospects would ask her to sing the anthem for them as well. It only took 10 months for Candice to sing the national anthem at every major sporting venue in the Edmonton Area including Eskimo Watch Parties at various locations, the Edmonton Oilers invited Candice Ryan to sing the Anthems at one of their Watch Parties as well.
Within the first active year of performing live she had the pleasure of opening up for 2 time CCMA Group of the Year ‘Hey Romeo’ and was selected for 3 Showcases during the 2013 CCMAs, where she won 2nd place during the Aboriginal Showcase and has had her new single “I Need You” added to the rotation at CFWE 98.5 as a result and a radio interview which lead to a guest spot on the drive home show with Jeremy Harpe. Indie Week 2013 in Toronto selected her for 2 showcases at ‘The Central’ and to be in the ‘Country Showcase at Cadillac Lounge’, where she was declared 2nd place winner overall!
Candice has helped out with many charities and functions over the last few years, the one that has touched her heart the most is working with The Special Olympians. In September 2013 she helped raise over $15,000.00 by performing at Free Our Finest in Camrose. Candice is involved with Kind Every Time where she wrote a theme song about her own bullying experiences from when she was a kid. She has also performed at these major fundraising events Alberta Winter Special Olympics Opening Ceremonies, Pennies for Denny, Tickled Pink Breast Cancer Fundraiser, MS Benefit Concert. She also enjoyed performing on the famous stages at Shell Theatre, Leduc Recreation Centre, Arden Theater, Rhyman Auditorium, The Grand Ole Opry, Legends, Third and Lindsley and many more.
“Dream Big Always” –Candice Ryan