Released by 19 Recordings/Interscope Records, Music Speaks serves up a sophisticated yet supremely soulful blend of love songs and self-empowerment anthems. In creating the album, Candice partnered with an A-list lineup of producers that includes The Underdogs (Beyoncé, Jennifer Hudson, Justin Timberlake), Mike WiLL Made-It (Rihanna, Miley Cyrus), The Jackie Boyz (Madonna, Sean Kingston), Rodney “Darkchild” Jerkins (The Black Eyed Peas, Lady Gaga), and Paul “Hotsauce” Dawson (Robin Thicke, Usher). Endlessly moving and deeply intimate, Music Speaks finds Candice channeling the emotional dynamism of legendary vocalists who've long inspired her. “My biggest influences have always been singers like Aretha Franklin, Patti LaBelle, Marvin Gaye, and Whitney Houston—the kind of people who are so heartfelt in their performance, you can just immediately feel what they're singing.”
The lead single from Music Speaks, “Cried,” is co-written by Jazmine Sullivan and was an epic heartbreaker powered by choir-like harmonies, sweeping string-laced arrangements, and—most strikingly—a breathtaking mix of vocal mastery and raw emotion that Candice infuses into her entire album. The sprawling and shimmering “Passenger” uplifts and inspires in its celebration of life-changing love, while “Thank You” twists the traditional breakup song into a goosebump-inducing expression of gratitude for the transformative power of pain. “Kiss Me” shows Candice's more seductive side, weaving sleek and subtle electro effects and searing guitar through the track's lovestruck lyrics. And on “Love Song,” Candice turns the classic Cure hit into an aching piano ballad, harnessing the same passion that fueled her widely praised Idol performance of the song. Revealing Candice's stunning versatility, Music Speaks also features the R&B smolder of “Die Without You,” the old-school soul of “Same Kind of Man,” and the playful, beat-driven strut of “In the Middle.”
An excited Candice tweeted, “Music Speaks was just released to iTunes!! SO PROUD OF THE WORK THAT WENT INTO THIS. ENJOY AND LET ME KNOW WHAT U THINK :) http://smarturl.it/MusicSpeaksAlbum.”
Candice was nominated for an Outstanding Artist NAACP Image Award, and she'll find out later this week if she won.