The Candies were formed a few years ago by three like-minded ladies who wanted to WOW at Weddings and bring a little something different to the great musical mix that exists in France. The line might have changed a little but our music remains the same… and we continue to WOW across France and Europe!
The girls have a wealth of experience between them, having sung in bands and musical theatre for longer than they care to admit! Needless to say they are seasoned professionals with many years of live performance under their belts.
Colleen has been singing for most of her life and says she can’t remember a time when she didn’t. She studied both music and dance and also played clarinet and guitar; she was gigging with her own original music at 14!
Around this time, Colleen also fell in love with musical theatre and spent every moment possible over the following twenty years either in a theatre or rehearsing for the next show. She has performed across the UK with Garth Productions and after a short spell in London she moved back to Devon where family life took centre stage.
Colleen moved to France in 2007 and shortly after was enlisted as lead singer for REPLAY, a hugely popular wedding and event band, performing regularly across France.
As well as singing solo, Colleen decided to form The Candies in 2015, she says…
“France has a number of great bands, great blues and jazz, indeed there are loads of great musicians here, but girl groups are a little under represented, as is Vintage, Motown and Disco. So putting the two together seemed like a great idea.”
Dawn has been singing and playing music since the age of 6. Born in Aberdeen, at age 11 she became the youngest ever member of the established ‘Hartley Singers’ choir with whom she sang for 7 years.
She also played clarinet in the National Wind-band of Scotland and was offered a scholarship by the London Royal Academy of Music at the age of 16. Choosing to remain in Scotland, Dawn proceeded to attain an MA degree at the University of Aberdeen, during which period she became a stalwart of The Aberdeen Student Charities Show, as well as singing in musical theatre and cabaret performances with The Attic Theatre Group and The Lyric Musical Society.
After moving southward, Dawn enjoyed a spell of acting in various comedy plays including the acclaimed ‘Five Women, Two pianos and a Budgie’ at the Lanarkshire Festival. Following several years devoted to family life and a further move south, the lure of the stage beckoned again and Dawn became a regular performer with ‘The Valley Players’ in Kent.
Since moving to France in 2004 Dawn has continued to pursue her love of music, singing with vocal group ‘L’Arène de Choeur’ and playing sax with ‘Le Cercle Philharmonique Blanzac’. With fewer domestic ties, this is the perfect time for Dawn to enjoy being a part of ‘The Candies’!
Lora trained at The Italia Conti Academy of Performing Arts and upon graduation in the mid 90’s was offered a recording contract to record an album of Bubblegum pop! Her zany onstage persona with a costume change every two minutes won dedicated followers and took her to many weird and wonderful gigs around the UK and Europe, including playing on the main stage at Brighton Pride to over 20,000 and appearances on The Big Breakfast , Night Fever hosted by Suggs and an invite to perform at Madonna’s Birthday party! Her one woman show was notable for leiderhosen, a ginger wig and soaking audiences with her water pistol!
Alongside session singing and numerous dance track recordings, Lora worked in a much more serious role in PANTO! For 5 consecutive years she starred opposite Ben Richards (The Bill), Sam Kane (Brookside), The Krankess, Cannon and Paul, John Challis and Christopher Biggins, as both Alice Fitzwarren in Dick Whittingdon and Scherazade in Aladdin. Lora toured the UK, Europe and performed and choreographed in Dubai as a performer in shows and musicals .
An experienced and respected tutor in both singing and dance, Lora established one of the UK’s most successful and award winning part time performing arts schools, helping to launch the careers of many young actors on TV, Theatre and Film.. Having sold the school in July 2015, she moved to France to run a Boutique Guest House with her partner and little girl. She is super excited to get behind the mic again and have the chance to sing with The Candies.