“I write my best songs when men piss me off,” says Candi Carpenter,
whose fiery first single, “Burn The Bed” tells the story of a
scorned woman’s cheating husband. Her aching, soulful voice has
drawn comparisons to Janis Joplin and Patsy Cline, while critics
have dubbed her “the modern Loretta Lynn” of country
“A lot of people say I have a crazy story,” she says. “Maybe I do,
but I think we’re all messed up in our own way. That’s why I write
about the bad, the ugly, and the good that makes it all worthwhile.
The hurt, and the healing, and everything in between.”
Candi’s musical roots are buried deep in memories of stained glass
windows and dog eared hymnals, as she toured the midwest with her
family’s gospel band. At age 11, she crashed a Vince Gill concert
by writing “Can I yodel for you?” on the back of a ticket stub.
Later that year, she signed her first production deal in Nashville.
She traded high school for a small room at The Shoney’s Inn
downtown, and the stages of honky tonk dives like Tootsies and The
Broken Spoke Saloon became her classroom. She performed every night
until the bars closed down, hiding from the police in the
When Candi was 16, country music legend Jack Greene heard the raw
honesty in Candi’s music and took her under his wing as his duet
partner. She spent her weekends backstage at The Grand Ole Opry, or
writing and touring the country with the likes of Bill Anderson,
Little Jimmy Dickens, Porter Wagoner, and Loretta Lynn.
As time went on, Candi had very little say over her career or the
music she recorded, and found herself being shepherded in a
direction that wasn’t true to who she was as an artist. “I was told
that I needed to tone it down. I wasn’t able to grow, and I wasn’t
allowed to find myself musically.” Immediately after extricating
herself from the management deal that robbed her of her childhood,
she was pulled into a disastrous marriage. With the support of her
loved ones, she rallied the strength and courage to move out, move
on, and take control of her life.
She cleaned houses, and worked three jobs to pay for demos and
groceries, until signing with CTK Management in 2014. That
relationship ultimately resulted in a recording contract with Sony
Music Worldwide. “If her future is as bright as her talent, she is
going to be a very big star,”
said the late Phil Everly, a close friend and collaborator. Look
for “Burn The Bed,” now on country radio.