Lots of Shows This Weekend!...And a New Blog Post!!! 


There is sooo much Candy Lee action going on this weekend, there's something for everyone! 

Tonight, Friday, July 18th: Candy Lee and the Sweets open for National Park RadioGeorge's Majestic Lounge. We start at 9 and only play for about an hour, so come out early. Bring your dancing shoes, grab a beer, and get your groove on!

Saturday, July 19th: Kid Friendly, Kid Centered, Firefly Fling @ the Botanical Gardens. There will be music, story-telling, fire dancers, and other entertaining performers. Candy Lee and the Sisters Sweet perform!

Sunday, July 10th- 2 shows!!
Fayetteville Public Library, 2pm- listening room experience with the full band.
-324 Ballroom @ Jose's on Dickson Street- solo performance


I was asked to do a blog post about my recording process, so I did! You can read the blog, complete with a video of my Cover of Van Morrison's "Into the Mystic," which shows my layering recording process here: 
Hard Candy: Recording is a Process

Kody Ford, Founder and Editor of The Idle Class Magazine, suggested that I change the name of my Blog to "Hard Candy." I thought this was genius, so I took the suggestion. Both my daily Truth Posts and my Honesty Blogs will now be under the name "Hard Candy." It will be an easier name to say and remember, and it will put a "brand" on my posts. "Hard Candy" is a good representation of what my posts are generally like- a mixture of sweetness with (what I perceive to be) cold hard truth! This is not to be confused with "candy-coated" or "sugar coated," which means to "minimize the unpleasantness of," which is not at all what I intend to do.

Hard Candy" is more a representation of a concept I'm big on- dualism, and the realization that life is filled with dualities that are integral parts of the greater whole. Life is full of positive and negative experiences. Without the negative experiences, the positive wouldn't seem so good. It is important to take the negative experiences in our lives, and turn them into something positive; if nothing else, to treat them as a learning experience, or a chance to really appreciate and cherish the positive. Life is about finding the balance between these dualities, which is something I try to embody in my songs, and now in my "Hard Candy" posts as well.

If you don't get a chance to view the full blog, just check out the video!



Following My Bliss 

I just recently quit my day job to pursue music full-time! Woohoo! Since then, I've been booking a lot more shows, and branching out to Missouri, Oklahoma, and Central Arkansas. I play Little Rock tonight and Conway tomorrow. So if you know people in that area, please give them a link to my music and encourage them to come out to my shows! I'm also looking for people to host house shows in those areas as well.

If you're into supporting good causes and listening to good music, please come out and help feed the hungry and homeless at the ONE Boogie Event at the Garner Farm this Saturday, June 28th.If you follow the link from the Facebook event page, you can purchase tickets online. ​https://www.facebook.com/events/238135336397074/?ref=br_tf 
Here's the video promo Benjamin Del Shreve and I did for the event:

I also forgot to post this cool news clipping about Candy Lee and the Sweets' performance at the Artosphere event at Crystal bridges!


Block Street Block Party Updates!!! 

Come check out the Block St. Block Party, Sunday, May 18th. It's an all day event starting at 11am and going on 'til dark. I will be singing some gypsy style jazz with Block St. Hot Club at the Apple Blossom Stage/Beer Garden from 12-2:30pm. Candy Lee and the Sweets will be performing at the Maxine's Stage/Beer Garden at 5:15. And be sure to check out my fiance, Brandon Bullette's, art under the bright pink tent in front of World Treasures. If you didn't know, he did the artwork for this year's Block St. Block Party Poster. Check out all of the goings on! https://www.facebook.com/events/296444120514050/

Mother's Day and Block St. Block Party 

If you live in the Fayetteville area and are looking for something awesome to do with your mom on Mother's Day, come on out to Terra Studios for the annual Spring Music Festival Fundraiser. There will be live music by Fernando Valencia, New Highway, Air Loom, Jesse Dean/Left of Center, and Candy Lee and the Sweets.Visit TerraStudios.com for more info.

The following Sunday, May 18th, is Fayetteville's Block St Block Party. Tons of activities, live music, and food and beverages to be had there. Come support our local businesses and music scene. Candy Lee and the Sweets will be performing at the Maxine's Beer Garden at 6pm. More information here: http://blockstreetbusinesses.com/

I'll also be performing solo tonight at Wasabi from 7-10pm, and then THIS Sunday morning, May 4th, at Common Grounds for brunch from 11am-2pm.

Candy Lee's New Honesty Blog 

Check out my new Honesty Blog: Trials and Triumphs of an Indie Musician. For those of you who have forgotten what "Indie" means, it means independent. This means that I am not signed to a label, therefore I do all of my booking, recording, promoting, etc., myself.  My new Honesty Blog will speak about the struggle of what it is to be an independent artist, and will probably eventually include bits about my daily life too. Music isn't just something that I do on stage, I'm constantly working on it every day. The blog might include inspirations for new songs, as they arise, and other weird things that might happen to me while I'm at a gig, etc. Who knows? It's sure to give you an insight of what it is to be Candy Lee.


Awesome Shows this week! 

I've got some good shows coming up here this week, starting tonight!

Tonight I'll be at the Fayetteville Public Library for the Lyric Writing Panel featuring Shawn James, Barrett Baber, and Candy Lee. In honor of Poetry Month, the singer/songwriters will have a discussion about how to write lyrics, how to form them into a song, and they will be playing a few examples of their own! The event starts at 6 pm. https://www.facebook.com/events/272483212926244

This Thursday, I will be providing the musical entertainment for the Two25 Art Callery Opening in Bentonville, featuring artwork by over 20 artists. https://www.facebook.com/events/1389687157979711/

And on Saturday, I will join Randall Shereve, Amy Gillham, and Not-Zachary Biondi for Last Saturday Fayetteville in celebration of Poetry Month at the fayetteville Underground! https://www.facebook.com/events/292969064193274/

National Poetry Month Performances and "Human Conditions" on iTunes and Spotify 

Hey Everyone,

My new album, "Human Conditions," is now available on iTunesAmazon, and Spotify! Go check it out if you get the chance!

And if you live in the Fayetteville area, I will be performing solo at Kingfish next Friday, opening for War Cheif from Little Rock, AR. You can get a preview of their music here:  https://www.facebook.com/warchieftheband/app_470868196288052

As part of National Poetry Month, I'll also be speaking at the Fayetteville Public Library Wed, April 23rd for the Lyric Songwriting Panel Discussion along with Shawn James and Barret Baber. It will be mediated by Kyle Kellams at KUAF. It's free, and there's no registration required. Here's a link to the event: http://www.faylib.org/events/lyric-songwriting-panel-discussion

Also in celebration of National Poetry Month, I will be performing at Last Saturday at the Fayetteville Underground on April 26th. There will be a variety show of sorts with poets, and singer-songwriter, Randall Shreve. The show starts at 7:30pm.  


"Human Conditions" now available for download! 

Dear Friends,

I realize it has been a while since some of you have purchased my new album. After all of the album expenses, I'm short on funds for postage. I've put "Human Conditions" on my bandcamp page so that you can download the album for free in the mean time by entering $0 in the "name your own price" section http://candyleemusic.bandcamp.com/album/human-conditions. If you haven't purchased the album, and would just like a digital download, feel free to name your own price! ("The Gate" is up for download as well). "Human Conditions" will be available on itunes soon :)

Candy Lee

New Candy Lee Music Video- Beautiful Day 

Please enjoy the new music video for my song, "Beautiful Day," off my new album "Human Conditions," available for purchase at http://candyleemusic.com. Video production by Imagine Film Company. Special thanks to Phat Tire in Fayetteville, AR for loaning us their hauler bike for our camera man to ride on (two men on one bike= sweet bike footage). 

I've also got a show at Wasabi tonight. So, if you want to chill out and listen to some sweet tunes while eating delicious sushi, I'll have my albums for sale there too :) Hope y'all are having a wonderful Friday!!!