Candi Staton, the First Lady of Southern Soul, is a versatile Gospel, soul, R&B, pop, and disco singer. She rose from poverty to become a Grammy nominated artist and disco diva with two seminal club hits “Young Hearts Run Free” and “Victim.” With her husband John Sussewell, she founded the successful Beracah Ministries in Atlanta and currently records and performs both gospel and secular music.
Canzetta Staton was born in a poor black family in Hanceville, Alabama in 1943. He grew up picking cotton, but after seeing a girl her age perform at a family picnic, she decided to become a singer and practiced night and day. By the time she was six, she was a soloist with her church choir.... Read More