Candy Bleaks’s impressive discography and string of hit songs demonstrate her ongoing growth as a formidable artist. With her unique sound and brand, she has faced a few obstacles, but her unwavering determination and dedication to her goals have never wavered. In an exclusive conversation with TXT, Candy Bleaks opens up about her life, dreams, and the exciting path she’s taken as she nears the completion of her latest project.
Tell us, what sparked your initial passion for music?
CB: My journey into music began unexpectedly during my time in school. I was truly inspired by the talented artistes we had in school and the way they were revered by others. With my undeniable talent, I couldn’t help but think: why not give it a shot?
Share with us your journey in navigating the industry as a female artist.
CB: It hasn’t been an easy journey for me. Being a unique brand and the only female artist in my genre, I’ve had to work ten times harder to establish myself and pursue my own artistic vision.
So, tell me, how would you best characterise your music?
CB: I have my own unique style, which I like to call afrostreet. It’s a fusion of my street influences with Afrobeat. I take great care in crafting my lyrics (and “Lamba”) and it’s my distinct style that sets me apart.
What has been the biggest challenge you’ve faced in your career thus far?
CB: I’m all about doing things my own way and breaking new ground for female artistes. I want to show them that being a female artiste isn’t just about love songs – you can have street credibility too.
Tell me about the artistes who have inspired your music.
CB: Young Ma, Burna Boy, Davido, Wizkid, Olamide, and more.
What is your creative process like?
CB: I prefer to approach things at my own pace, carefully and methodically. I find that taking breaks and revisiting tasks helps me maintain focus. I tend to work best when I have minimal distractions and I am surrounded by familiar faces.
Your current top 3 favourite Nigerian artistes?
CB: Davido, Wizkid, and Burna Boy. They are the goats.
What is a standout moment in your career that you consider a major milestone?
CB: In 2016, I had the incredible opportunity of winning Lagos Got Talent and rubbing shoulders with some truly influential individuals, such as M.I and Gbenga Adeyinka and so on.
You were featured prominently by the esteemed Grammy Recording Academy in 2021. What were your sensations in that moment?
CB: I felt incredible. It was a validation of my unique talent and a testament to my ability to win such a prestigious award.
So, what are your thoughts on the current state of Street Music in Nigeria?
CB: The street music scene has truly evolved with artistes like Asake, Seyivibes, Candy Bleakz, Young Jonn, Zino, and many others making remarkable contributions. Their talent and hard work are truly commendable. There is a significant amount of interest surrounding this genre, as it is highly relevant and relatable to real life.
Give us the inside scoop on the new project.
CB: The project is on the way, but I’m releasing a two-pack release first. “Free For All” has my signature style to it while “Not Holy” is a more vulnerable/relatable story to people who are figuring out life.
If your music career hadn’t taken off, what would you be pursuing at this moment?
CB: If you were to ask me what I would be doing right now, I’d say I’d either be studying Medicine, pursuing a career in acting, playing professional football, or serving in the military.
So, what’s next for you?
CB: I’m currently immersed in my Ep project, aiming for a fresh and innovative sound. It’s going to be a captivating experience that will bring new energy to your day.