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Review: Candace Bellamy’s “In My Lane”

Image: David Heisler
Image: David Heisler

Delving into the submissions pile from record labels, a month ago, we listened to Candace Bellamy and we’re impressed! Considerably influenced by The Temptations, Roberta Flack and Aretha Franklin, Bellamy brings it on In My Lane. When listening to her sing, I imagined myself at a romantic dinner in Texas, sipping plum liquor.

Physician by day and a soulstress by night, Bellamy started building her music career ten years ago. She’s paid dues in cover bands. She’s been involved in musical theatre, in fact, her role in an R&B version of “Porgy & Bess” impressed the New York Times. On her path, she’s worked with Ruth Carter, Jimi Calhoun and Jake Langley, who mentored her and her co-writers.

“In My Lane”, Bellamy’s debut album is set to release on May 14. Stream the single “Put Down The Foot” below now:

Put Down The Foot

starts off as a rocky dance number. It’s about doing and taking the necessary steps to move forward. You’ve got to “put down the foot” when it comes to love. It’s time for affirmative, show and prove. Leading by example, showing the children, at the end of the song her ad libs suggest what you’ll go through along the way.

I Don’t Know

is about the miscommunication of love. Not knowing if she would be rejected when she gives him her heart. She let’s him know how much she loves and thinks about her guy. She questions his existence in their relationship. She describes the ups and downs of their relationship. She is reflecting on what he said of comfort. She’s questioning why he left without bidding her farewell.

“Some days it’s so clear, she could see miles” into the future “than the clouds reappear and skies are gray again”.

She wanted to know how their love turned into poison.

Like Honey

Expectancies. You smile when you lie. Heard it all before, Sunshine Anderson. Talks about being mistreated. If you feel good about you. Him justifying why he did what he did. Because she changed. Everyone changes. At the end of the song, she confronts him. Why do you treat me this way?

Johnny

From boy to man, wasted time is such a crime. Where are you going Johnny? Why are you going downhill? Once there was love in your heart, now there’s hate your skin. Talks about the turning point for some in life. Guitars sounds amazing!

Expect

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Walk Away

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Skies Are Grey

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Might As Well Be U

is about taking a chance and letting go of fear. Messages include: Speaking your mind. The love of music is in your soul.

Sweet Sweet Soul

is a song for her grandmother. Talks about her “sweet sweet soul” and memories of eating her food and going to church with her.

Written by Richardine Bartee

It’s her unprejudiced love for people that’s taken her this far. Join Richardine on her journey as she writes history into existence, one article at a time. Richardine is a member of the Recording Academy/GRAMMYs.

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