Candice Boyd

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With a new album on the way Ne-Yo continues to give his fans more new music. This week the Compound records signee releases his new song titled “More Than I Should: An Audio Soap Opera,” featuring Epic records singer Candice Boyd and RaVaughn. In the new track Ne-Yo sings about being in a love triangle with his girlfriend and his best friend.

RaVaughn continues the story from the “homegirl” perspective, while Candice wraps up the soap opera by playing the role of the girlfriend. “More Than I Should” follows the release of “Earn Your Love” which both tracks will serves as “appetizers” for new album set to arrive this year.

 

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Epic Records’ new songstress and Ne-yo’s protégé Candice Boyd has been making a name for her self recently, writing songs for Tamar Braxton, Flo Rida, and more. The singer recently made waves as an singer with her Epic records debut single “Damn Good Time.” We recently caught up withe Candice as she talked about upbringing in music, her Epic records debut and her recent tour stint with Ro James. Candice also let us know about what we can expect with her new music and what is to come.Check out the interview below.

YMMW: For those who may not know who you are yet. Tell us who is Candice Boyd?

Candice Boyd: Candice Boyd is an R&B singer, I grew up in a church home, I am a realist, relatable, and she is a real R&B singer. That’s who Candice Boyd is.

YMMW: Before catching the eyes of Ne-Yo and LA Reid, you were working behind the as a songwriter, who were some of the artists you’ve written for?

Candice Boyd: I’ve written for a lot of artists but if were speaking on the terms of placements, I have placements with Nicki Minaj, Tamar Braxton, Pleasure P along with Flo Rida, but I’ve written for a lot of artists. It’s a gamble.

YMMW: LA reid singed you to a deal on the spot which says a lot about your talent. How did it feel to get a label deal right on the spot?

Candice Boyd: It was a blessing and a little overwhelming, you know in a good way. It was also humbling just because of the roster, the new Epic roster right now is crazy, and it’s surrounded by people that already have leverage, that have a fan base and a following. For Him {LA Reid} to sign me, you know just underground coming out that was really a blessing.

YMMW: Before getting signed you released a few songs out, one of those songs that caught my attention was lesbian, it was my introduction to Candice Boyd

Candice Boyd: Yes Lesbian was one of my first songs being signed to Compound U, it was written by Ne-Yo and that was the kick off. That was the start of everything and it goes along with the music that I even write for myself, its raw, uncut, and it’s real, it’s relatable . For those who may not heard it, it’s about a woman who’s in a heterosexual relationship but she still likes to be in a relationship with a woman, so that’s what Lesbian is about.

YMMW: What have you learned the most about yourself and how has your musical sound developed since releasing your earlier music compared to your music now?

Candice Boyd: I feel like my sound has grown because me working with a lot more mainstream artists and not so much by myself being locked in the studio like most artists like to be. Like me working with Ne-Yo, Eric Bellinger, and French Montana, it’s making my sound more adaptable and kind of gives the people what they want until I can give them what they need. I can fit more and I can adjust to the sounds on the radio more, instead of it being so far left, or so R&B, or so churchy. It’s like okay this is what the people listen to now, now I’m actually in the studio with these mainstream artists they can teach me something, they can teach me different things I may not know. Sometimes I feel like people who do all the runs and all the singing it can be overbearing to an ear that isn’t really ready for that. I just feel like I need to be around more mainstream artists, and because I have been, it has made my sound more eclectic, more poppy, more radio ready. That took some time it did not come over night.

YMMW: Ne-Yo has played a major part in your career as a singer what advice has he given you as a new artist making a name for herself?

Candice Boyd: That’s a good question; Ne-Yo was just like hey be yourself, that’s the reason why we like you. Don’t change don’t try to conform to the world just be yourself, and that’s what going to make people look at you. He would tell me things like its okay to be yourself and the sky is not the limit. We start at the sky and we go from there. He’s just really motivational.

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YMMW: Your single Damn Good Time with French Montana has received a good response from fans and radio stations. How did that song come about and did you expect such a good response once the record was released?

Candice Boyd: It was a song that was sent to me, the track was pretty much already done, the idea was there, but, the lyrics weren’t Candice, the lyrics weren’t tailor made. So Ne-Yo went in there he revised some things, and he actually said hey, Candice why don’t you come write the second verse. So I came with the second verse, Rodney Jerkins and his team had a lot to do with the productions, and we made it my own, then we presented it to LA Reid and he absolutely loved it. Before this was due to be the single we were already talking about the video before French Montana came along. I remember having to re-write the treatment. So it was already something that was destined to do well and rise, according the LA Reid. So we kind of expected it French Montana came in and sprinkled his magic. It was a blessing for him to add his creativity and his sound.

YMMW: You’re currently recording your debut album, what kind of music can we expect to hear on your epic records debut.

Candice Boyd: I have a lot of relatable songs, you probably won’t hear a lot of love songs, you’ll probably hear a lot about my transition into an artist, where I came from, how I deal with niggas, how I deal with certain situations. I’m really not in that love space right now; so don’t expect any of that. You can expect more songs like damn good time, more vibey more, live songs… I’m a live singer, so anything that I record, I record it so that when I do sing it live I will be able to . A lot of live bands stuff, so you can just expect that rawness, that realness real singing.

YMMW: I’m definitely excited, we all love a good love song but not all of us are in the love space. Sometimes you need that raw edgy say it your face song to express your emotions

Candice Boyd: Right, like tell me how to get over this guy, you know I have that antidote with my music.

YMMW: Right now you’re on tour with Ro James how has tour life been and what city has been your favorite to perform in so far?

Candice Boyd: Well, yesterday was actually the last day for me on the tour with Ro James. It was nothing short of a blessing, we were on tour about a month, and the last day was New York. But, my favorite city would have to be LA. LA showed out for me, that was my favorite city because that’s where I was most comfortable, but being in different cities and having people, connect with me the way the did, not knowing the words never heard of me or seen me, they’ve shown me a lot of love. Portland was the first city and they turned out for me, definitely Oakland turned up, Huston turned up, Dallas was amazing. We had a good time there was no city that was like, were not messing with Candice Boyd, my music can be raw and aggressive but if there is a story behind it and a purpose behind it and good intent behind it, they’re like Ok, I feel her. It was dope!

YMMW: Do you have a new single that we should expect hear soon?

Candice Boyd: Yes I do! It’s called “Make Me Over” and it is a song that we had for a while now, just waiting for the right time to put it out. It’s another one that LA absolutely loved, another one that was written by Ne-Yo and everybody loved it Compound U, the whole label, and we loved it. It’s definitely more of a ballad, slow type of movie score type song. I’m excited about that. I see great things for it, I see us overseas with it, and it being bigger than we thought it could be. That’s definitely coming, were actually working on a video treatment for that now. It’s going to drop sooner than you think.

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YMMW: On your debut album, will there be any guest feature? What producers and songwriters have you worked with so far?

Candice Boyd: Well the album is not finished yet, you know that goes until the deadline. Were going to keep recording, today’s songs are better than the last songs. That’s just the way it goes I just want everything to be great. Were taking out time, but I am going to be releasing a EP very soon, about 4-5 songs to give you a teaser of what’s going to be on the album.

The producers I worked with, I kind of open to work with different producers but its been kind of close knit. Which is a good thing, to help me gather my sound and get it together. I worked a lot with Kore Piece from Compund, DjCamper. It’s been a lot of dope musicians more so than producers. It’s going to make the sound even better.

 YMMW: With you creating your album and your EP, what else can we expect from Candice Boyd?

Candice Boyd: You can expect more shows. I live for performing live and just a good feeling. Not just because I’m on stage performing in front of people, it’s just a better way to connect and be more relatable, more touchable. I like to be all up in yo grill. I like to feel just as well, that’s why I know the people like to come to shows. You can definitely expect more of that. I also feel like my brand is bigger than music so were going to be doing it all.

Check out Candice Boyd new single “Make Me Over” below the follow-up to her hit single “Damn Good Time”

 

Make Me Over is a different side of me that I don’t always let people see. This record gave me an opportunity to expose my “frans” (friend + fan = frans, my nickname for my fans) to situations I know they can relate to.”–  CANDICE BOYD

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Fresh off her tour with Ro James, Epic records new signee Candice Boyd is back with a brand new single. Today Ne-Yo protégé unleashes her smooth balled “Make Me Over.” We can expect to hear a lot more from Candice Boyd, as the signer/songwriter is currently in the studio creating her debut album.That’s not all Candice has in store as she recently reveled to us in our new interview we recently had with her. Check out Candice Boyd latest single below and look out for our interview with the Epic records singer coming next week.

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Just a few months after releasing her French Montana assisted singled “Damn Good Time” Ne-Yo protégé Candice Boyd, unleashes the official video her Rodney Jerkins produced song which is set to appear on the singer’s Epic Records debut album.

When speaking to Rap-Up about the song & video Candice explained “The track is supposed to remind you of the weekend, a day off, and releasing the stress by hanging out with friends and family, going to the club, having a couple cocktails,” says Candice. “The treatment of the video is slightly different, but the song is supposed to give you that good feeling.”