For Candice Glover, touring is a whole new experience.
The 23-year-old from St. Helena Island, S.C., says she never traveled much before hitting the road as the reigning “American Idol” champ, along with the 10 other finalists. Despite her polished, poignant performances on the show, she says she’s still learning to interact with the crowds.
“I’m getting better the more shows we do,” Glover says in a telephone interview from a tour stop in Charleston, S.C. “I’m not really a talker, so I wasn’t too good at hyping up the crowd.”
She balks at the idea that her win and her work on her debut album will be enough to stop the performance suggestions from her family and friends. “No,” she says, laughing. “I don’t think so.”
Q. Was there a point when you knew you had a good chance at winning “American Idol”?
A. I went through the whole thing more nervous than probably anybody who’s ever been on that show ever. After having auditioned so many times, you never expect to come back. You just want to do a good job. You just want to try your best. I never thought I was going to win at all.
Q. Not even on finale night?
A. No, not on finale night. I told Kree (Harrison, the season’s runner-up) the whole night that she was gonna win. I was prepared for that.
Q. Well, one of the high points of the season — maybe the entire show — was your performance of “Love Song.” How did you prepare for that? How long had you known that song?
A. It was about a month between the time my friend sent (the Adele version) to me and the time I performed it. I said, “Oh my gosh, I’m in love with this song,” but I never expected the reception to be that great from it.
Q. How is work on your album coming? Its release got pushed back to October.
A. I’ve been working with Harvey Mason Jr., Toby Gad, Rodney Jerkins. I’ve been having a lot of fun writing with them and recording with them. … I’m getting the chance to debut a new song on tour. … It’s called “In the Middle,” and it was co-written by Fantasia. … The reaction’s been really good to it. … I’m the type of person who wants to put my all into everything. I’m going to put everything I have into the tour, and then I’ll put everything I have into putting the album out there.
American Idol winner Candice Glover is pulling double-duty this summer. The R&B singer is appearing on the “American Idols Live” tour, which makes a stop on Friday, Aug. 16, at Trump Taj Mahal Casino Resort in Atlantic City, and putting the finishing touches on her debut album.
“While everybody is on the bus traveling, I’m flying to L.A. to record and write,” Glover says.
Even with the extra cross-country travel, Glover — the first female “Idol” champion in six years — has had to push back the release date for her record. “Music Speaks” (19 Recordings/Interscope Records) to come out on Oct. 8.
Glover, who got rejected twice by “Idol” before making the final cut for the 12th season, is collaborating with a team that includes producer Rodney “Darkchild” Jerkins, who has worked with a singer to whom Glover has been frequently compared — the late Whitney Houston — as well as Jennifer Lopez, Janet Jackson, Justin Bieber and Britney Spears.
On tour, the St. Helena, S.C.-native is showing off her powerful chops, with her numbers to include her coronation song and first single — “I Am Beautiful” — and a cover of the Cure’s “Lovesong.”
The tour, which ends on Aug. 31 in Nashville, also features runner-up (and country singer) Kree Harrison, third-place finisher (and singer-songwriter Angie Miller), the rest of the Top 10, and contestant Aubrey Cleland, who was picked by fans to appear.
Before making her A.C. debut, Glover talks about learning the ropes of live performing and how she didn’t let former “Idol” judge Simon Cowell’s dismissal get her down.
Q: What did you take away from your “Idol” experience?
A: It teaches you about being patient and believing in yourself and being positive about yourself — that’s the key to making it. Before being on the live show, I never performed before a live crowd of millions of people, (including the) people at home.
I got a lot of exposure and got the confidence I believe I needed. I’m glad everything worked out.
Q: Simon Cowell likened you to a lounge singer during one of your failed tryouts, yet you persevered. How did you rise above his criticism?
A: He said some things that would definitely break a person if they aren’t comfortable with who they are. I’m thankful he said them to me. It made me work hard on my stage presence and appearance. I appreciate him being tough on me because it helped me in the long term.
Q: What’s been the biggest challenge of transitioning from the reality competition to the live tour?
A: I’m not a talker. I can sing all day long, but when it’s time to start talking, I get super nervous. But I have to do a good job of pumping up the crowd. They didn’t come to see us be judged — they’ve come to party.
Q: As you prepare to launch your recording career, do you have any role models for where you’d like to take your music?
A: (Philadelphia native) Jazmine Sullivan is my all-time favorite singer — her writing skills are amazing.
Alicia Keys and Faith Evans and those R&B divas are people I would look up to — I would love to work with them. Everyone knows I’m a big fan of Drake.
I have been in the studio with some producers and writing with them and having a really good time doing that. I’ve been working with some really good people — it’s been a lot of fun.
Q: Why did you decide to push back the release date for the record?
A: I’m the type of person who likes to put my absolute everything into creating, whether it’s a performance on the show or doing the tour or the album. I love to put my all into everything.
I thought it would be better if I could put my all into the tour and then put my all into recording the album and promoting my album and getting those great songs and making it as (good) as possible.
Aug 11 – 2013 Teen Choice Awards
Teen Choice Awards nominee Candice Glover is up for Music Breakthrough Artist. Here’s why this American Idol winner will take home a surfboard.
While some know Glover as the 23-year-old, South Carolina-native with a powerhouse voice — her rendition of “I Am Beautiful” is one of the most popular American Idol performances in recent history — many are unaware of her hidden inner diva.
Diva you say?
Yes, Glover is set to take over music as we know it. Even Mariah Carey symbolically knighted Glover as her successor with the most amazing glitter bomb.
Here are the top five most amazing diva moments from Teen Choice Awards nominee Candice Glover:
1. Candice Glover rocked all her American Idol songs
Just a quick scroll through American Idol shows reveals almost all of her performances with millions of views. She reminds us of Melanie Amaro from The X-Factor but with a bit younger vibe.
Most of her American Idol performances are flawless. Need proof? Listen to her remarkable jazz-inspired cover of The Cure’s “Lovesong.” It gave us chills.
2. Candice Glover started the Mariah Carey glitter bomb
After Glover sang “Lovesong” on American Idol, Mariah Carey straight up dusted her with glitter as the audience gave Glover a standing ovation. Carey, the original D-I-V-A, was clearly passing the torch to Ms. Glover.
3. Candice does not buy into Ryan Seacrest
Glover is not amused by Ryan Seacrest and his annoying American Idol questions and is not afraid to show it. Enough said.
4. Glover already has pyrotechnics and back-up singers
If the glitter bomb was Mariah Carey passing the diva torch, then major stage effects and back-up singers is a message straight from Beyoncé to Candice Glover.
Oh, and the back-up singers? Those are American Idol contestants Angie Miller and Kree Harrison who placed second and third. There is only one #1 on this stage.
5. Candice’s “I Am Beautiful” performance is legendary
Glover’s performance of “I Am Beautiful” is one of the best performances in the history of American Idol. The song’s theme is nothing short of a true diva: Candice knows she has the voice to win and is not surprised she took home the top spot.
American Idol season 12 winner Candice Glover performs at American Idol Live! 2013 at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on July 23, 2013 in Los Angeles, California & at Sleep Train Arena In Sacramento, California on July 22, 2013. Check out the photos below.
Jul 22 – American Idols Live – Sacramento, CA
Jul 23 – American Idol Live! 2013 – Los Angeles, CA
2013 “American Idol” winner Candice Glover is not letting an album delay get her down.
In a recent interview looking at not only the delay, but the struggling reality series, “American Idol,” including the post-show tour, Glover implied that she believes everything will turn out okay in the end.
“There’ll still be time for my album to be promoted. There’ll still be time to go on tour. I’m doing a song on tour that’s going to be on my album, so that’s good promotion, anyway. I never jumped to the conclusion of being disappointed,” Glover told Detroit Free Press over the weekend. “I think of all possible outcomes, and I think it’ll be a positive one.”
As previously reported, Glover’s debut album was due to be released this month, but was pushed back to October 8 despite pre-order sales and promotion. The same occurred with the “American Idols Live Tour,” which was also adjusted with the postponement of dates and in some cases, cancellations.
“You have to have patience,” Glover adds. “Everything isn’t always going to happen exactly the way that you want it to happen. But it’s happening — and I’m excited about it even happening.”
Glover’s debut album was supposed to be released Tuesday, but it’s been pushed back to October 8. The album is called “Music Speaks”.
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