“It’s been a wonderful life, but it hasn’t been a normal life,” shares four time Grammy® Award nominee Canzetta Maria "Candi" Staton about her new album titled Unstoppable.
Staton's 30th studio album, Unstoppable is both a celebration of her legacy and a bold step forward, with a sound that’s funky and contemporary, but still steeped in the Southern soul and blues of her Alabama roots. Featuring an ace rhythm section made up of Staton’s sons, bassist Marcel Williams and drummer Marcus Williams (Isaac Hayes, Pointer Sisters), the album reunites the singer with producer Mark Nevers (Lambchop), who helmed His Hands (2006) and Who’s Hurting Now (2009). But where those albums showcased Staton’s skills as an interpreter of bluesy ballads, Unstoppable — which Marcus Williams co-produced with Nevers — is a more celebratory, uptempo set. “It’s my kind of music,” she says proudly. “It’s more of a happy record, a dancing record.”
Like all of Staton’s albums, Unstoppable is deeply personal — but it also turns her attention towards current events. In addition to rousing covers of punk poet Patti Smith’s People Have the Power and Nick Lowe’s timeless rocker (What’s So Funny ‘Bout) Peace, Love, and Understanding, the album features a pair of Staton originals that address our troubled times head-on. “Stop living in a bubble, thinking everything is gonna be fine,” she sings on the deceptively smooth ballad Revolution of Change,” before striking a more defiant tone on the funky Stand Up and Be Counted, growling, “If you don’t stand for something, you will fall for anything.”
“We’re the United States. We’re supposed to be united,” she says passionately, explaining her intention behind the album’s message-driven songs. “Where is all the division coming from? So stand for what you believe. Don’t let anyone take that away from you.”
The Alabama native got her start singing as a teenager, touring the world with The Jewel Gospel Trio (who shared stages with Sam Cooke and Mahalia Jackson in the 1950s) before launching her solo career in1968. Over the next five years, she cut a string of Top Ten southern soul hits such as Grammy® Award-nominated renditions of Stand By Your Man and In the Ghetto.
Staton then became a disco diva with a run of hits such as 1976’s million-seller Young Hearts Run Free, Victim and Nights On Broadway.
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Released: 24 Aug 2018