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BACKGROUND

Once upon a time back in 2007, The Candace Brooks Band broke into the local music scene with their catchy lyrics, energy-induced live shows and an upbeat indie pop feel. The band, composed of Candace Brooks (lead singer and rhythm guitarist), Neal Chistolini (lead guitarist), Allan Furtado (bass) and Brian Decoteaux (drums), received almost immediate local attention. The band performed live on 94HJY’s “Soundcheck.”, won several “Battle of the Bands” competitions, got crowned as Pixy 103 Cape Cod’s “Homegrown Artist of the Month,” and gained several nominations from local awards. The following year, their independently- released album “Life After Me” won Alternative Rock Album of the Year at the Motif Magazine Music Awards with Motif having this to say about Candace and the band: “The Candace Brooks Band is pure, unadulterated rock. Ms. Brooks' vocal delivery provides context for the lyrics that would otherwise be lost had someone else been singing. Her timbre is contradictory in many ways – sweet yet dirty - soft yet aggressive -immaculate yet lustful.” Keeping that momentum going, they went on to open for local legends Bad Larry and Senior Discount, toured New England, released their second album, “The Chase”, and collected several awards from the LimeLight Music Awards—including Female Vocalist of the year, Band of the year, Album of the year and Best Live Act of the year. With the help of Al Gomes and Big Noise, The Candace Brooks Band was also nominated for six Grammys in 2009. Candace began playing guitar and writing songs at the age of 15, sneaking into her brother's room to steal his guitar every chance she got. Playing by ear, it wasn’t long until her supportive mother took notice and bought her a guitar of her very own. Recording demos by way of cassette tape, she had countless songs under her belt that she had no idea what to do with. With a hard nudge from friends and family, she began playing at open mics and to just about anyone who would listen. It wouldn’t be until 2005 that she would meet Allan, Brian and Neal to form The Candace Brooks Band. They soon formed a tight-knit family, as some lucky musicians get to do. In 2018, tragedy struck. Neal passed away unexpectedly, and it shook their entire world. Suddenly the very thing they had always done to feed their passion - play music - was now the hardest thing in the world to do. Neal’s absence was felt in every note. In 2021, Candace’s family home caught fire. Very lucky to make it out alive, many treasured memories from her music career were destroyed and left covered in ashes and soot. Since Neal's passing, she has slowly begun to pick up the guitar and sing again, composing songs just for herself. Somewhere in the healing process, she is right back at her roots where she started, just she and her guitar. “I’m not sure what will come of that or who wants to hear what I’ve been creating, but I plan on releasing some tracks I've been working on soon. I’m even open to writing songs for or with other musicians,” she says.

ACCOMPLISHMENTS

Motif Magazine Music Awards, Alternative Rock Category 

Nominated Best Female Vocalist of the Year 2007

Nominated Best Female Vocalist of the Year 2008

Nominated Best Female Vocalist of the Year 2009

Nominated Band of the Year 2008 

Won Album of the Year “Life After Me” 2008 

 

LimeLight Magazine Music Awards:

Won Female Vocalist of the Year 2009

Won Band of the Year 2009

Won Album of the Year “The Chase” 2010

Won Best Live Act of the Year 2010

Pixy 103 Cape Cod

Homegrown Artist of the Month, 2010

 

94 HJY SOUNDCHECK

Performed live in 94 HJY studio
Airtime with the following songs: “Beautiful Deception”, “Without Love”, “Out of Your Mind” “Reign of My Heart”, “This is Me”, and “I’m Gonna Break Your Heart”. 

 

Boston Music Spotlight Battle of the Bands

Battle of the Bands Runner up 2009

 

RedRoom Battle of the Bands

Battle of the Bands Winner 2009

 

Big Noise

Signed with Big Noise, working with the amazing Al Gomes and A. Michelle

 

Show Entertainment Group Talent Show, New York, NY

Talent Show Winner 2010

 

10 of Limelight Magazine’s Favorite Local Albums of the Past Decade (‘06-’16)

#3 The Candace Brooks Band, The Chase

 

LimeLight Magazine

Appear on the cover of the Fall 2009 issue

Grammy Nominations:

Nominated for several Grammy's in 2009

 

Specifically: 

Category 1 - Record of the Year

The Candace Brooks Band - Feel It

Award goes to Artist, Producers, Recording Engineer, and Mixer:

Candace Brooks, Allan Furtado, Neal Chistolini.

Brian Decoteaux, Jeff Mehrmanesh, and Tony Ricci

Ballot Entry # 075

 

Category 2 - Album of the Year

The Candace Brooks Band - The Chase

Award goes to Artist, Producers, Recording Engineer, Mixer,

and Mastering Engineer: Candace Brooks, Allan Furtado,

Neal Chistolini. Brian Decoteaux, Jeff Mehrmanesh,

Tony Ricci, and Jordan Tishler

Ballot Entry # 054

 

Category 3 - Song of the Year

The Candace Brooks Band - Reign of My Heart

Award goes to Songwriter: Candace Brooks,

Ballot Entry # 506

 

Category 4 - Best New Artist

The Candace Brooks Band

Award goes to Artist: The Candace Brooks Band

Ballot Entry # 039

 

Category 16 - Best Rock Performance By

A Duo or Group with Vocals

The Candace Brooks Band - Feel It

Award goes to Artist: The Candace Brooks Band

Ballot Entry # 025

 

Category 20 - Best Rock Song

The Candace Brooks Band - Reign of My Heart

Award goes to Songwriter: Candace Brooks

Ballot Entry # 045

 

Category 21 - Best Rock Album

The Candace Brooks Band - The Chase

Award goes to Artist: The Candace Brooks Band

Ballot Entry # 018

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REPRESENTATION
Label:
Independent Artist
 
Management:
Beets Media & Destroy the Silence
Booking:
Jason Burns
thecandacebrooksband@gmail.com
 
PR:
Newberry PR & Marketing
betty@newberrypr.com