Meet Candice Corbie - A.k.a. Candy Kay
Born and raised in the dynamic cultural melting pot of Trinidad and Tobago, Candice Corbie, known to her fans as Candy Kay, was immersed in music from a young age. Influenced by her father, Glenurvon Narine, a skilled guitarist and pannist known for his creative jazz melodies, and her Godfather, renowned arranger and producer Dr. Pelham Goddard, Candice's musical journey began to take shape. She honed her skills playing steelpan at school and captivating audiences in calypso competitions. Her talent caught the attention of many, including the renowned all-female Divas Calypso Cabaret International tent which was launched in 2004.
A Journey Unfolds
Embarking on her music career, Candice's path led her to become the lead vocalist of the esteemed parang group, Voces Jovenes, at just 17 years old. As the group's Musical Director and Administrative Assistant, her natural flair for playing the cuatro and guitar shone through, alongside her prowess as a songwriter. Her compositions, rich with Spanish charm, became radio favourites during the festive Christmas season.
Soca Arena Debut
Candice made her debut in the soca arena via the Synergy TV Soca Star Season 2 competition in 2007. She advanced to the second round with her first-ever composed power soca entitled "We Fete," marking an exciting milestone in her career.
Rhythms of Progress
In 2001, during a recording session with Voces Jovenes Parang Group, Candice crossed paths with music producer Jason Dasent, igniting a fruitful collaboration spanning several albums and projects. Together, they co-founded the band Overdrive in 2007, captivating audiences with their eclectic performances at corporate events, local concerts, and international music festivals. It was here that Candice's versatility truly flourished, drawing inspiration from diverse musical genres and crafting her own compositions including the infectious pop-reggae "Forgive Me," released in 2010. Notably, her talents as a vocal director and arranger led Overdrive to clinch the runner-up spot in a local Pop Rock Competition that same year as well as Voces Jovenes to victory in the National Parang Competition in 2016.
Family, Education & Beyond
Alongside her musical pursuits, Candice holds a Canadian Honours Diploma in Music Business and a Bachelor's degree in Computing & Information Systems. Balancing her roles as a devoted wife, mother, entrepreneur and administrative professional, she continues to perform in many aspects of the entertainment industry as a vocalist and musician.
Harmonizing Life's Projects
Driven by her passion for music, Candice thrives on enhancing the stage experience, supporting emerging artists and advocating for the local music industry. Her involvement in projects like DiscoverMe Artiste of the Month (2016-2018) and volunteering with organizations like COTT (2018-2019) underscores her commitment to nurturing talent and supporting fellow musicians. Notably, Candice is sought after for her background vocals, collaborating with numerous local artists both live and in the studio, particularly during the Carnival season in the calypso arena.
A Melody of Aspirations
In 2021, Candice realized her dream by launching her own brand, Candy Kay Music, encompassing her roles as a singer, songwriter, musician, musical director and producer. From performing on stage to crafting captivating compositions, she remains dedicated to pushing the boundaries of her craft. With each endeavour, Candice seeks to collaborate with fellow artists and industry pioneers, shaping the future of music.
Candy Kay's most recent releases:
"When we paranging" (2023) - 1st ever self-composed soca parang
“Ride or Die” (2023) - groovy soca contribution
“Feel that love” (2022) - a pop fusion song
“Superwoman” (2021) - a soca-infused tribute to women
Candy Kay’s latest composition "When we paranging" for the 2023 Christmas season was produced by her brother Clevon Narine (Juscleve Productions) and mixed and mastered by Kyle "DJ Ky" Walcott from Barbados, marking their second production together as a team. This lively, sing-a-long vibrant song captures the joy and experience of house-to-house paranging, showcasing Candice's versatility as an artist. This soca parang generated a lot of traction worldwide on various streaming platforms, accumulating over 13,000 YouTube views, demonstrating the widespread appeal of Candice's music.
Candy Kay not only excels in vocal performance and composition but also actively participates in the rich tradition of steelpan. In 2024, she became an official member of the esteemed Trinidad All Stars Steel Orchestra, solidifying her dedication to the art form. Playing the tenor pan, she further immerses herself in Trinidadian culture.
Candy Kay is under the management of Jason ‘Stumps’ Lewis, the owner and Managing Director of Total Percussion Ltd, as well as an accomplished musician and songwriter. Renowned for his extensive experience with Trinidad All Stars Steel Orchestra and his role as a drummer/percussionist in the National Steel Symphony Orchestra (NSSO), Jason brings a wealth of musical insight to the table. Beyond handling managerial responsibilities, he serves as a pivotal figure in Candice's musical journey, providing steadfast motivation, invaluable guidance, and boundless inspiration.
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