Music Speaks

Music Speaks

by Candice Glover


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Music Speaks

In a matter of four years, Candice Glover went from being told that her career wouldn't go farther than a hotel lobby, to recording a song co-written by her favorite artist. Descriptively dispatched by Simon Cowell during the Hollywood round of American Idol's ninth season, she returned for the 11th season and fared only a little better. On her third attempt, during season 12, she won the competition -- the first woman champion since season six's Jordin Sparks. Her progression through season 12 was built on traditionally minded, guts-spilling ballads originally recorded by the likes of Christina Aguilera, John Legend, Emeli Sandé, and Adele. Heartrending ballads are indeed what make up the majority of Music Speaks. Album opener "Cried," co-written by inspiration Jazmine Sullivan, lays it all out. Glover belts "I tried to be the girl that never complains, but holding it in is driving me insane" with such force that the sentiment is 100-percent believable. It's no outlier. In each song, Glover sings with complete conviction, best heard in the winding "Die Without You" (somewhat redolent of Usher's "There Goes My Baby"), the floating kiss-off "Thank You," and the self-smacking "Same Kinda Man" -- the last of which was written by producers Rock City and the Co-Captains, though it's easily mistakable for the work of Sullivan. Given the dominance of slow material, the album is a bit stifling; Glover loosens up a little for only "In the Middle," co-written by Fantasia Barrino with a touch of "Ting-a-Ling," yet even that has some heartache. At the end is "Love Song," a cover of the Cure's "Lovesong" that lacks the emotionally raw drama of the version she performed on American Idol. It closes Glover's debut on an anticlimactic note, but the singer should be around for a while -- hopefully long enough to make some albums that have as much character and boldness as Sullivan's Fearless and Love Me Back.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/18/2014
Label: Interscope Records
UPC: 0602537426072
catalogNumber: 001863702
Rank: 207662

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Candice Glover   Primary Artist,Background Vocals
Stephen Erdody   Strings
Neil Stubenhaus   Bass
Rob Kleiner   Bass,Guitar,Percussion,Keyboards
Alyssa Park   Strings
Andrew Duckles   Strings
Matt Rubin   Trumpet
Lisa Liu   Strings
Serena McKinney   Strings
Robert Brophy   Strings
Anesha Birchett   Background Vocals
Erik "Bluetooth" Griggs   Piano
Aaron Leibowitz   Saxophone
Vanessa Freebairn-Smith   Strings
Dammo Farmer   Bass
Jessica E. Guideri   Strings
Elijah Blake   Background Vocals
Vikram Davasthali   Trombone

Technical Credits

Norman Feels   Composer
Simon Gallup   Composer
Larry Jackson   Producer
Wycliffe "Steely" Johnson   Composer
Robert Smith   Composer
Laurence Tolhurst   Composer
Boris Williams   Composer
Anthony Taylor   Composer
Roger O'Donnell   Composer
Apex   Producer
Julian Peploe   Art Direction
Rexton Gordon   Composer
Harvey Mason   Vocal Producer
Nikki Leonti   Composer
Andrew Hey   Engineer
Scurry   Producer
Rob Kleiner   Composer,Programming,Producer,Engineer
Michael Williams   Composer
Daniel Heath   String Arrangements
Stephanie Hsu   Creation
Jazmine Sullivan   Composer
Dernst Emile   Composer,Producer
Jay Dmuchowski   Composer
Ginger Ramsey   Management
Anesha Birchett   Composer
Fantasia   Composer
Ester Dean   Composer
Jevon Hill   Composer,Vocal Producer
Iain Pirie   Producer
Da Internz   Producer
David Boyd   Engineer
Theodore Thomas   Composer
Timothy Thomas   Composer
Redd Stylez   Composer
Marcos Palacios   Composer
Theron Thomas   Composer
Rich Velonskis   Composer
Carlos Battey   Composer
Steven Battey   Composer
Paul "Hot Sauce" Dawson   Producer,Instrumentation
Jackie Boyz   Producer
Underdogs   Producer,Instrumentation
Ernest Clark   Composer
Rock City   Producer
Rodney "Darkchild" Jerkins   Producer,Instrumentation
Stephen Hybicki   Engineer
Greville Gordon   Composer
Samantha Tripses   Marketing Coordinator
Aaron Michael Cox   Composer
Antea Shelton   Composer
Charles "Chizzy" Stephens   Composer
Matt Champlin   Engineer
Justine Massa   Creative Coordinator
Daniela Rivera   Engineer
Greg Morgan   Sound Design
P-Nasty   Producer
Pierre Ramon Slaughter   Composer
Mike WiLL Made It   Producer
Cleveland Constantine Browne   Composer
Candice Glover   Composer
Co-Captains   Producer
Nicole Bilzerian   Marketing
Julian Milam   Management
Ant Taylor   Producer
Andrew W. Gould   Producer
Timothy "Christian Minor" Zimnoch   Composer,Engineer
Paul Thompson   Composer

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Music Speaks 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A remarkably talented young lady!  It is a joy to hear her voice. SC is proud of you.
BMikael More than 1 year ago
Well-deserved season 12 American Idol winner! This gal is right up there with Mary J, Beyonce, Jennifer Hudson, Cece Penniston, Jody Whatley. Her cover of the Cure's Lovesong is, in my opinion, better than Adele's. Candice could sing the next Bond song. You go Gullah girl! and all the best to your aunt Lucinda.