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 #RealStreetRadio fave) to the world for a banging efficiency with the assistance of The Future Kingz as her unbelievable again up dancers.
Held in an enormous mansion on Mulholland Drive, the celebration was packed and music stuffed the property courtesy of DJ Muda. There was a endless provide of Circo and Bel-Air champagne flowing all through the complete evening and greater than sufficient bites, together with a stunning lady mendacity on a desk adorned in pink rose petals and sushi, who was type 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 fashionable social media influencers corresponding 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 lined the ground. There was even a greenback signal ice sculpture and cash weapons visitors might play with whereas dancing the evening away.
This was Candice’s approach of getting into the brand new yr and her new track “Bands Up” is a whole temper. Before the celebration kicked off, RealStreetRadio 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 attempt her hand at going solo.
RealStreetRadio: Your new track known as “Bands Up” and it’s fireplace. What’s the easiest way somebody can get their bands up in 2019?
Candice Craig: Really consider in your self even once they inform you it’s not doable. That, I really feel like, is the important thing to life. You haven’t any boundaries ever. Don’t let anybody inform you that. 25 no’s for one sure. When you keep in mind 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 individual cash, your individual 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, all people. Believe in your self and it’ll all occur.
DX: You’ve completed so much 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 had been flown out all the way in which to New York to fulfill with Karen Kwak who on the time was beneath L.A. Reid and we needed to do the everyday, 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 had been so younger, 17 years outdated, 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 had 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 wished 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 yr the place I’m diving head first into it and placing the music first.
DX: Since you’re doing your individual 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 big exhibits. I’ve all the time needed to cross-pollinate and do two on the similar time so this yr I actually need to concentrate on the artist facet 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 facet, the enterprise facet of issues, having buddies within the enterprise, some individuals don’t have the most effective curiosity for you some individuals do. You study individuals and that the individuals round you’re essential. You additionally study constructing the suitable staff. Everybody round you issues and I feel that’s one of many largest issues I discovered as a result of you may’t do issues with out the suitable individuals. Family is tremendous vital and retaining 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 concerning the course of. We all have targets and aspirations however 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 spotted that I select every little thing. I select who I need to love, I select what I need to do.
DX: You are an incredible dancer and clearly know find out how to make a bop, what’s your favourite half about performing your music?
CC: I 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 once 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 blissful and generally you are feeling such as you need to slap a hoe. Whatever that feeling is, I like that it might translate over after which I can placed on an entire efficiency to create an entire 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 have got happening now out of your clothing line to your music profession by yourself. What drives you to get up on daily basis 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 like and the individuals who consider in me even once I gave them nothing to consider in. My household is my primary they usually’re happy with me. I need to care for them and I need to have it the place they don’t should 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 buy her a home and she or he doesn’t should work anymore I can look again, like rattling we lastly did one thing.
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