Originally Published: October 11, 2018 9:22 p.m.
Grammy nominated songwriter and recording/touring artist and Prescott resident Candace Devine is holding a special EP release show for her new solo project at the Elks Theatre and Performing Arts Center this Saturday, Oct. 13.
“I haven’t put out a solo project in over a decade. I was right out of college, I sang backup for Christina Aguilera and then I was on my own and did my solo record which did really well, she said. “Then I immediately kind of jumped into my duo, which was David & Devine.”
David & Devine toured together for six or seven years before the band dissolved, Devine said. Her voice can also be heard on the national commercial for Chico’s So Slimming Jeans and in movies like “Georgia Rule,” “Bonneville” and “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon – Sword of Destiny.” She’s also opened for, recorded and performed with Boyz II Men, Michelle Branch, The Four Tops, Styx, Missing Persons, Little River Band, Mindi Abair, Steven Van Zandt, Josh Kellye, Tony Lucca and more.
The reason the duo dissolved was because Devine and her husband wanted to have a family, which brought them to Prescott, she said. She also wanted to be an integral part of her son’s life so she took a few years off from music until last year, Devine said.
After doing the benefit concert though, her friend Jason “Slim” Gambill, the lead guitarist for Lady Antebellum, called her about doing another solo record, Devine said. Called “Here We Are,” it was recorded in Nashville but it only seemed fitting to do an EP release show in Prescott since it’s now her home, she said.
While she never stopped singing, working on sessions and overdubbing for TV which she was able to do from home or locally, she wasn’t performing so this concert is exciting, Devine said.
“Anybody who is a performer, there’s just nothing that fills that,” she said. “I’ve been so ramped and so excited for this show.”
All the songs for the show are songs that are going to be on the new EP as well as some she’s written that have done well in the past, Devine said. Tickets for the 7 p.m. show are $30 for adults, $20 for seniors and $40 for opera box seats and can be purchased online at www.prescottelkstheater.com, by calling 928-777-1370 or at the door one hour prior to the performance.
There’s also going to be a few special guests in the show, including Gambill; CJ Emmons from “Dancing with the Stars;” Darwin Johnson, bass player and vocalist for Adam Lambert and Colbie Caillat; April Brown from Sister Mercy; Drew Hall and Gigi Gonaway, a drummer who has recorded with Mariah Carey, Aretha Franklin, Whitney Houston, Kenny G and others.
“I’m trying to bring a little piece of my world, of all the places I’ve been and all the people I’ve played with and put them all on one stage and let just the genius fly so everybody can see how cool they are,” Devine said.
For more information about the show, visit www.prescottelkstheater.com. The Elks Theatre and Performing Arts Center is located at 117 E. Gurley St.