Last month Lynn dropped a bombshell; she would be retiring from The Candies at the end of September. It’s true that we’ve had a whirlwind year, starting with our fabulous three days at the Barcelona Yacht show. We’ve been wowing audiences across France and our music is universally loved across nationalities and generations. August was crazy; we were approached by an agent who wanted to represent us and we were offered the chance to audition for a gig that would lead to perhaps 30+ bookings a year! Lynn felt that as life was about to change for The Candies, it was right time for her to hang up her microphone and step out of the spotlight.
So our search began to find a replacement. We needed not only a great, strong singer, but someone who could sing close harmonies, learn an entire set in 6 months, and be happy to travel wherever the bookings take us. Lady luck handed us Victoria!
Vicky, until 2008, was the lead singer of ‘Rapture’ a touring 5-piece function band that performed from Israel to The US, Beijing to Dubai (where they were the House Band at the Hard Rock cafe for two years). They have performed alongside many greats including Heatwave, Jakki Grahame and The Scorpions. When the band ‘retired’ in 2008 Vicky returned to the UK with her husband, and started teaching music at a local college and more recently at a private school. During this time, Vicky continued gigging locally as a solo artist and as a Dusty Springfield tribute act.
Vicky was trained at the Weber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Arts in London, after winning a paid scholarship, this followed summer seasons at Pontins’ Weymouth and many shows at the Tower Ballroom, Blackpool, The Pier and The Winter Gardens. Later, she became a self-contained female vocalist, touring all over the UK, before auditioning for the lead role in Rapture.
Vicky is moving to France with her husband (who is a band leader, professional drummer and DJ) and says that she can’t believe that this opportunity has come along just when she needed it!
Watch this space… Our first gigs are already in place for March 2018, our diary is starting to fill and The Candies are very very excited about what happens next!