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Rising Stars: Meet Black Rock Candy

Today we’d like to introduce you to Black Rock Candy.

Black Rock Candy started in 2016 as a student band out of Corona Music and Art Center. Our music instructors at the time thought the best way to teach their students was to put them in a band and have them open for their own band. The primary focus was to form an all-girls rock band since opportunities and development for women in the music industry are scarce. From that point, the band evolved with different band members coming and going. Ultimately, in 2019 the band became independent when we learned enough cover songs to headline our own shows rather than perform as the opener. We did experience some ups and downs as we transitioned through different band members, but thankfully our current drummer and bass player were great additions to the band. With the new additions, we felt the need to move to original music, at which point, we started working with Michael Anderson from Rockstars of Tomorrow. He became our producer and co-writer on many of the songs we are scheduled to release soon. As a matter of fact, we have been in and out of the recording studio working on our full-length album that should be released in July 2021. It really has been a wonderful marriage and we feel we have come a long way.

We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
It has definitely not been a smooth road. We have had several band transitions for multiple reasons, difference of opinions on direction and creativity, finding our nitch with our original music and the rigors of the business. It is hard when so many people are involved, but when you find the right players, it really comes together.

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
Black Rock Candy is a rock band that boasts an incredible eclectic sound of rock, classic rock, alternative, blues, country and pop in our original music. Although we are young, we are a throwback to the great 70s and 80s bands like Heart, Journey, Lynyrd Skynyrd and Creedence Clearwater Revival with an alternative flare. We are most proud of how far we have come on our own, the quality of our product and the relationships we have built through the years. What sets us apart from most bands our age is our work ethic, we are not looking for a quick accomplishment but a great product to deliver to our audience. Once again, our throwback sound given our age.

Risk taking is a topic that people have widely differing views on – we’d love to hear your thoughts.
Risk are scary but we love to take them. No guts no glory right! We are willing to jump and hope that we land and if we don’t, we will get back up and try it again. Doing so will only help us get better. One of the major risks we have taken is when we became independent from our music instructors. They were essentially our security blankets, but it was definitely necessary and timely. It actually was not a pretty situation when that happened, but like we said, it was necessary and timely. Nonetheless risky for us because we did not know what we were doing. Honestly, we learn as we go but the one thing we have is grit.

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