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Contemporary gospel vocalist Candy Staton offers her interpretation of several Christmas classics and a handful of originals on her 2001 release Christmas in My Heart. The gentle, smoky voiced singer embraces both the well known and self-penned tracks equally, with the highlights including the title track, a bluesy number by Staton herself, extolling the joys of a family and spiritually-centered holiday celebration, and a down-home recipe for Candi's Christmas Stuffing, which is thoughtfully included in the liner notes. Fans of Staton's earlier work will be pleased with this seasonal addition to her catalog, as will anyone who enjoys their holiday music based deeply in gospel, but flavored lightly with the blues.


Born: 13 March 1940 in Hanceville, AL

Genre: R&B/Soul

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Born March 13, 1940, in Hanceville, AL, Candi Stanton sang with the Jewell Gospel Trio as a teenager. They toured the traditional gospel circuit in the 1950s with the Soul Stirrers, C.L. Franklin, and Mahalia Jackson. They recorded several sides for Nashboro, Apollo, and Savoy Records between 1953 and 1963. In 1968 Staton launched solo career as a Southern soul stylist, garnering 16 R&B hits for Rick Hall's legendary Fame Studios and gaining the title of First Lady of Southern Soul for her Grammy-nominated...
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