Whose Heart Is This?
Candace was already a seasoned professional early on taking the stage with such renowned musicians as Keith Whitley and Bill Monroe, gaining their respect for her skills as a banjo player, guitar picker and songwriter . By the age of fourteen she had an endorsement any writer would be proud of as four of her songs were recorded by the legendary Ralph Stanley on 'The Stanley Sound Today'.A review of this album in the Washington Post likened her writing to that of Carter Stanley himself . Evidently, Carter's brother Ralph felt the same way as he went on to record another of her songs on his 'Lonesome and Blue' album. Indeed her songs have appealed to and been recorded by some of the best artists in the Bluegrass genre, The Nashville Bluegrass Band, The Dry Branch Fire Squad, Ralph Stanley II on his Grammy nominated album 'Stanley Blues', and The Lost Kentuckians to name a few. Candace's recent collaboration with Jim Lauderdale resulted in three songs co-written with Jim which appear on 'Lost In The Lonesome Pines' . The album won the Grammy in 2003 for Best Bluegrass Album. True life experiences inform the songs Candace writes,...she writes what she knows and sings and plays straight from the heart with the determination of a singer confident in herself and her path. '... Great singer and great songwriter; great banjo picker. Excellent entertainer! I will recommend her highly to anyone. Especially great songwriter; I recorded five of her songs!' -- Dr. Ralph Stanley - 'She grew up with Stanley Brothers music. She's got as good or better a grasp on this as anybody I know.' 'To sing and write and pick like Candace Randolph can is a rare, wonderful gift.' -- Jim Lauderdale -- 'Candace Randolph is a true original who has been contributing to Bluegrass since her teens - not only as a fine songwriter and singer, but as one of the few women in Bluegrass to have achieved a measure of recognition as an excellent banjo player.' -- Jon Weisberger -- 'I've watched and listened to Candace play for quite a few years. First with her family and later in her singer-songwriter role. I've had the pleasure of performing and recording one of her many great songs. Listening to her demos, I am always drawn to her guitar playing. She plays with confidence, a little attitude, great sense of melody, and oceans of depth. What more could you ask for?' -- Pat Enright -- 'The closest thing to Clarence White I've heard on the guitar -- and I knew him well. Candace, you play and sing great!.' -- Boomer Castleman --.