Candi Staton

By J Poet

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 1940. She grew up picking cotton, but after seeing a girl her age perform at... Read More

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