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Candace Bellamy / Press

“Like Honey from In My Lane number #23 on top 50 songs of 2013 from Soul Sorts in the UK.”

“In My Lane on Soul Tracks Honorable Mention list for Album of the Year.”

“The deeply funky guitar riff that kicks off In My Lane's lead track "Put Down The Foot", gives you a pretty good taste of what's to come. But there's more to this debut album than tasty soul. Bellamy, whose day job is a being a physician, really shines on jazzy blues numbers like "Like Honey" and "Walk Away".”

Paul Carrubba - Austin Monthly

“Candace Bellamy, known for her role in the acclaimed R&B production of Porgy & Bess, has a new record and it’s fiery and rich.”

“Physician by day, musician by night, Candace Bellamy brings "Sweet Sweet Soul" to her debut full-length, In My Lane, a years-in-the-making affair that finds the Tennessee native leaving no vocal stone unturned. The dexterous singer arrives funky and burnished on "Expect" and opener "Put Down the Foot," strong and determined throughout "Johnny." She's sweet as you-know-what on "Like Honey," reeling in local jazz icon Ephraim Owens for a series of trumpet ad-libs, then wholesome and rootsy on LP standout "Might As Well Be U." Falling firmly between soul queen Sharon Jones and Austin's rising star Akina Adderley, she embodies the uplifting "Skies Are Grey," while "Sweet Sweet Soul" could've dropped off a Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi album. Here's one singer who shouldn't have to stick to her day job. ”

“Austin, Texas-based newcomer Candace Bellamy puts the “blues” in rhythm & blues on stellar debut “In My Lane.” After singing in her high school and college choirs, Bellamy put music on hold to study medicine. She operated a successful practice for several years, but music kept calling her back. So she moved to Austin and set about forging a new career path. This nine-track collection is a terrific first step, as Bellamy puts her powerful pipes to good use on standouts “Put Down the Foot,” “Like Honey,” “Johnny,” “Skies Are Grey” and “Sweet Sweet Soul.” I've got no idea what kind of doctor she was, but Bellamy has a bright future in the music business. ”

“Delving into the submissions pile from record labels, a month ago, we listened to Candace Bellamy and we’re impressed! Considerably influenced by The Temptations, Roberta Flack and Aretha Franklin, Bellamy brings it on “In My Lane”. ”

“You’re going to feel good listening to her music. Truly.   ”

“In My Lane is an album by an artist who not only understands the path she has taken, but also knows of the interesting detours and off-ramps that she has the option of going towards, under her own rules. ”

“The album’s title is ironic if not oxymoronic because no one musical lane can contain Bellamy’s willingness to switch genres. Bellamy proceeds as if she is performing on one giant musical open road. Yet, in many ways, the artist moves consistently in one direction. She is supplying an album for those who enjoy mature music that doesn’t neatly fit in categories, and she lives comfortably in those places where the lines between genres blur. The result is a disc that is both varied and intriguing, and one of the early winners of 2013. Highly Recommended. ”

“Candace Bellamy is an Austin based R&B singer that has been running in the same circles and collaborating with some of Austin’s elite. She has proved with her debut CD, “A Thousand Shades of Blue”, that those elitist were in good company. Candace has a voice that is an instrument all on its own. It has a crisp, clear and concise quality. She knows how to manipulate it to fit the mood of each song. The Title track, “A Thousand Shades of Blue”, is not only an incredibly well written song, but it touches your soul. This is the type of music you feel compelled to stop the world going on around you and demand every one to be quiet and pay attention; and it doesn’t take much convincing, the music speaks for itself. The production is a perfect music lesson in prosody. If you do not know what that means, listen to the CD and you will. There is an unimaginable brotherhood between Candace’s voice and the music. It feels as if you cannot have one without the other. ”

“ Candace Bellamy left Tennessee and came to Austin following a dream that brings many folks to the Live Music Capital of the World: making music. Once in Austin, Bellamy started stumbling into the right people and - with the positive attitude that characterizes her - only good things could happen. Five years later "A Thousand Shades of Blue" is out, and it's one of the best records to hit Austin this year. The album is a beautiful mix of songs bursting with blues and happiness wrapped in amazing musicianship and delivered in Bellamy's incredible voice. ”

“Candace Bellamy is an Austin based R&B singer that has been running in the same circles and collaborating with some of Austin’s elite. She has proved with her debut CD, “A Thousand Shades of Blue”, that those elitist were in good company. Candace has a voice that is an instrument all on its own. It has a crisp, clear and concise quality. She knows how to manipulate it to fit the mood of each song. The Title track, “A Thousand Shades of Blue”, is not only an incredibly well written song, but it touches your soul. So rarely can a musician stupefy me to the point I am left speechless. This is the type of music you feel compelled to stop the world going on around you and demand every one to be quiet and pay attention; and it doesn’t take much convincing, the music speaks for itself. The production is a perfect music lesson in prosody. If you do not know what that means, listen to the CD and you will. There is an unimaginable brotherhood between Candace’s voice and the music.”

“Candace Bellamy has a sweet, sweet soul. She’s the kind of singer who you could definitely enjoy listening to while sitting down at the Greek Theater in Los Angeles while sipping on a glass of wine. Her music is material you can really hear. She’s like a mesh between Rachael Yamagata and Aretha Franklin. Aside from being an excellent, sassy vocalist, Bellamy’s journey to the spotlight is far from ordinary, and I know we say that a lot, but just hear me out. Bellamy was a physician. She made a complete 180 in 2002 (around there) and hasn’t looked back since. She discovered her true calling, and if you listen to her covers and her new, first original EP A Thousands Shades of Blue, you’ll see what I’m talking about. Bellamy is a true talent, and for that she’s our BeatCrave Fav. Check her out!”

“Candace Bellamy A Thousand Shades of Blue Bellamy's calling card is her voice, a smoky, soulful instrument of joy well-suited to a variety of cover bands locally, as well as A Thousand Shades of Blue. The album's fortuitous placement of six gorgeous co-writes by Bellamy and Austin veterans Ruth Carter (Robert Palmer, Stevie Ray Vaughan) and bassist Jimi Calhoun makes this a memorable listen ("Sweet Sweet Soul," "Just One Girl"). Soul with class and elegance.”

“Candace Bellamy's A Thousand Shades of Blue is a record that moves in the opposite direction of much of mainstream gospel music. Whereas many artists have embraced the R&B/hip hop fusion sound of modern music with its auto tuned vocals and pop culture references, Bellamy's EP A Thousand Shades of Blue gets its voice and inspiration from a more traditional place. The six tracks on this excellent EP come brimming with the blues, folk, soul and a little jazz. The plainspoken lyrics belie the depth of thought contained within........ To read complete review please go to website ”

“Candace Bellamy bringt neue Soulmusik in die Ohren. Vor kurzem veröffentlichte die Sängerin ihre EP „A Thousand Shades of Blue” Vor neun Jahren hatte Bellamy als Hobby mit dem Singen angefangen und erste Gesangsstunden genommen. Später trat sie mit diversen R&B-Bands auf. Nun steht die erste P bereit, auf der unter anderem Denny Freeman (Gitarre), Jimi Calhoun (Bass), Frosty Smith (Schlagzeug), Mike Thompson (Keyboard) und Bill Carter (Akustikgitarre). Ebenfalls mit dabei ist JJ Plasencio, der für “Sixpence None the Richer” Cello gespielt hat. ”