Singer-songwriter, CANDICE NELSON, has been a subtle force in the music industry for over a decade. Lending her sultry vocals and penning records for the world’s biggest acts from Britney Spears to Beyonce, Nelson has become one of the recording industry’s most sought after talents.
Born and raised in the greater Los Angeles area of California, Nelson’s career began early on with an opportunity to sing background for the young, R&B group Immature. This gig landed Nelson a television appearance on VIBE, a late night talk show, with the group. Her vocal abilities eventually led her to meet industry veteran and her future mentor, Walter Millsap, who discovered her gift of writing. The discovery resulted in her first song placement on Dave Hollister’s sophomore album, Chicago 85.
Nelson’s working relationship with Millsap evolved and led to a turning point in her career when he introduced her to the superstar producer, Timbaland. This introduction set the stage for more work with Millsap and Timbaland, ultimately leading her to sign a publishing deal with Universal Music Publishing under leading record executive, Ethiopia Habtemariam (Justin Bieber, Chris Brown, Keri Hilson).
Under Universal Music, Candice Nelson has co-written top songs such as Mary J. Blige’s “Take Me As I Am”, Ciara’s “Like A Boy”, and Britney Spears “Radar.” In 2008, ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers) awarded Nelson with a Pop Song of the Year award for her work on Timbaland’s “The Way I Are.” She has also received a Dove Award for writing “Listen”, a song for the gospel trio, Trini-Tee 5:7.
Inspired by a spectrum of artists from Marvin Gaye and Aaliyah to Notorious B.I.G. and Andre 3000, Nelson has a lot more to do creatively. She is currently working on production for the sophomore album from Mindless Behavior—a young boy group she developed with Millsap; as well as recording her own music with plans to release an EP later this year.
When it comes to her work Nelson emotes, “I don’t just desire for people to hear my music, but I want my music to evoke a feeling… for people to relate to the stories I tell. My hope is that anyone who listens is inspired by the fearlessness it takes for artists to be as open as we are. And hopefully through my work, they are enlivened to love, dream, and pursue their own passions.”