Candice Among Us


There is The Voice, the TV series. Then there is the Voice, the tease of a seduction.

No matter how much Candice Anitra sings, it can't be, won't be enough. Audiences, listeners want more, and when it ends, they soundtrack her down to her next stage, next CD, and wait for the warmth to sear their senses all over again.

The Philly native's just warming up; she performs this weekend at Warmdaddy's (www. in South Philly, bringing a sense of city-soul to her sound.

And that sense of sound is bitonal; part African-American and "part" Jewish, the latter she "inherited" from her candle-lighting liaison with her life mate, husband Adam Weinstock.

No, she cautions, don't look for cantorial cadences or religious riffs, but that Jewish musical model struts its stuff along her raised-platform runway composed of roots she's married into.

The Philly faithful grabbed up her album of "Bark Then Bite," and they did, chewing on the lyrics of "Bad Taste" and "Too Much Woman."

All too much for those who wanted more, and they get it with the artist branching out with her latest CD: "Big Tree," a blend of the bliss and the best in each of us breaking April 3.

Such is the talent of a CD-pleasing performer with hints of Nancy Wilson, Sam Cooke and, maybe — Naomi ("Jewish Chicks Rock") Less?

More on that Jewish stuff. "I'm a storyteller and that is such a part of the Jewish tradition," says Anitra, in her early 30s, who observes Jewish rites and rituals with her husband and daughters, ages 6 and 4.

"As an adult, I am more attuned to spirituality and reflection," and her interest in her husband's religion — she has not converted from Christianity nor is there talk of her doing so — reflects her worldwide view of the many wonders out there, she adds.

Judaism and the practices she has learned "have made our life fuller and richer, for which I am grateful." And there have been some great conversations at the Anitra-Weinstock home about God and life after "breaking bread and holding our Shabbat meal."

She may not have grown up with a shaky roof, but Anitra does value "tradition and the need to pass it on from one generation to the next."

And she doesn't pass up the opportunity to infuse her recordings "with a sense of spirituality, such a big part of my work," which includes her latest release of "Big Tree."

From such sowing comes her strongest talents: A Tisch School graduate of New York University, she alternately considered acting, writing and singing as careers: In her latest CD, she's featured them all.

With all Anitra's acclaim — and there's been much — and prestige, her daughters don't think of her as the star-singer-in-the-making that she is.

"To them, I'm Mom," and, she sighs, it's a pretty good gig to play.



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