11 Songs, 43 Minutes


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5 out of 5

9 Ratings

9 Ratings

The Queen of Southern Soul returns!


The Queen of Southern Soul returns to her Muscle Shoals roots! And "that sound", as only it could have come from the STAX and FAME glory years, is alive and vibrant as ever and Staton's voice remains an evergreen instrument. This disc finds Staton some forty years from her original R&B hit-maker days (FAME Records 70-74); thirty years from her re-birth as a Disco Diva (WBs. 76-82), an era which also included the classic No.1 "Young Hearts Run Free" and finally HIS HANDS (2006) reaches miles from her most recent invention as an instrument of Gospel.
Just listen to HIS HANDS opener "You Don't Have Far to Go"...an invitation to break a heart written by Merle Haggard and served with Candi's hurt, honey-voiced soul or the Will Oldham penned title track "His Hands" where Staton's nuanced voice recalls (perhaps all-too-real) the hateful pain of abuse from a man she really loved. Hearing "How Do I Get Over You?" so closely walks down a road to that Bluesy land of "gravy & grits" Soul and Candi follows the path perfectly...she's home in these well lived-in "life songs"...a quote from the lady herself.
Not since the early 70's has an artist such as Candi Staton sounded this real...or this good. Amazing.

Sugar sweet sadness and soulful inspiration.


Why does this fantastic artist not release an album a month??She should!!
Dan Tyler's "When Will I" is serious back to church music.
Tommy Tate and Richard Kuebler's poignant "When Hearts Grow Cold"
is a delightful tear jerker.
Whole album is a smash!!
Love me some Candi Staton!!



Like so many of Ms. Staton's recording, an absolute classic. A modern masterpiece. She is so great at what she does. A national treasure, in my opinion. There is at least 40 years of suffering, sadness, sorrow, as well as triumph and joy in these songs. Her voice is one of the finest instruments in history. Only a veteran survivor can sing these songs.

About Candi Staton

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 R&B renditions of the country tunes "Stand by Your Man" and "In the Ghetto." In 1975 Staton saw Southern soul falling out of fashion and began collaborating with producer Dave Crawford, who propelled her into a disco diva with dance songs such as "Young Hearts Run Free" and "Victim." In 1982 Staton had been disgruntled with Warner Brothers' passing interest in her career and a career slump, so she returned to the gospel field. She and her husband, John Sussewell (drummer for Ashford & Simpson), founded Beracah Ministries in Atlanta with help from Jim and Tammy Bakker's PTL Ministries. She has since recorded eight popular gospel albums, two of which have won Grammy nominations. In 1992 she was back in the pop mainstream with a Top Ten British hit, "You Got the Love," a club-styled dance hit that sold two million copies. Since joining Intersound Records in 1995, Staton has begun to sing some of her old R&B hits again and recorded some new message-oriented pop songs while gaining a new title, the Sweetheart of Soul. In 2000, she released her 11th album, Here's a Blessing. Following the release of a well-received compilation of her Fame-era material (2004's Candi Staton), Staton returned to secular music in the form of 2006's His Hands. ~ Bil Carpenter

    Hanceville, AL
  • BORN
    March 13, 1940



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