she's done back-up vocals for such major bands as Deep Purple, Rainbow,
and Twang (the Hank Marvin Tribute album), Candice Night's success
was anything but overnight. In 1997, the talented lyricist and lead
singer of Blackmore's Night completed a musical project with legendary
guitarist Ritchie Blackmore titled Shadow of the Moon. The
album features acoustic renaissance music, a direction she thoroughly
enjoyed. "This music is feel good, soul searching music,"
says Candice. "Listening to it makes me appreciate the
beauty in simple things that most of us overlook everyday. It
has a magical effect. It makes me smile and it makes me cry,
but listening to it always takes me on a different journey somewhere
else. Being a part in creating such music is a reward in itself.".
Her passion for the music - coupled with her vocal prowess
was apparently greatly appreciated in Japan, where the album has
sold an overwhelming 100,000 units in just a few weeks and entered
the Billboard International Charts at #14. It was well
received Europe and has spent 17 weeks on the charts in Germany.
On her first
project she collaborated with Blackmore on Stranger In Us All, not
only as the background vocalist, but also as co-writer of 4 of the
tracks appearing on the album: "Wolf To The Moon", "Black
Masquerade", "Hall of the Mountain King", and "Ariel".
"Ariel" was the first single released from the ED and
charted at #2 in Europe, while "Black Masquerade" reached
#1 in Japan. Her first lyrical writing experience collaborating
with Ritchie earned her a gold record.
The talented lyricist
performed to sold out venues in Japan and Europe as lead vocalist
of Blackmore's Night. "Shadow of the Moon" was released
in the United States and Canada on February 17, 1998 to complete
on Shadow of the Moon are of love, longing and self esteem. She
reflects upon the past but believes in the future. Listen
closely to "No Second Chance" and you'll hear a new philosophy
for women around the world. The lyrics tell women that they
can be assertive and stand up for themselves. "Be Mine
Tonight" reflects on a lasting relationship in the lives of
a couple as they travel through their memories. A theme that
runs throughout her lyrics would best be described as, "Look
to the past, look to the future, but be true to yourself."
musical training began in childhood as a classical pianist. Her
career in the entertainment field includes a successful modeling
career in the United States that was put on hold to pursue her love
of music. Her passions for music lead her into the world of
radio where she produced her own lunchtime music and talk show on
NYIT in New York. However, teaming up with Ritchie Blackmore
for Shadow of the Moon has launched Candice's career as lyricist
and lead vocalist for Blackmore's Night. Candice and Ritchie
have toured the world with their renaissance/folk rock music, playing
to sold out audiences in castles, churches and old theaters. With
the success of Shadow still riding the sales charts, they co-wrote
and released Under A Violet Moon. The release in the spring
of 1999 was followed by a European tour of castles, churches and
- Background vocalist on Deep Purple's Battle Rages On Tour.
- Co-writes Ariel (1st single release) from Ritchie Blackmore's
Rainbow album - STRANGER IN US ALL. Ariel charts at #2 in
- Co-writes “Hall of the Mountain King” and “Wolf to the Moon” for
Rainbow's "Stranger In Us All” album.
- Candice is the 1st woman to ever appear
on the front cover of the Japanese magazine "Burrn".
Black Masquerade - considered by Burn magazine as the
Best Song of the Year (1995) Black Masquerade charts at #1
in Japan. Candice receives her first gold record for her lyric
writing for Stanger In Us All.
1997 - Candice is awarded her 2nd gold record. She
receives a gold disc from Japan for her lyric writing for Shadow
of the Moon.
- Shadow of the Moon is released in Japan featuring Candice
as lyricist and lead singer. It would sell an overwhelming
100,000 copies in just a few weeks. It would debut at #14
on the Billboard Album charts in Japan. Shadow of the Moon
- released in Europe in June - goes on to chart for 17 weeks.
No Second Chance - from
Shadow of the Moon - spends 3 weeks at chart position 5 on Brazil
Wish You Were Here - the
first radio single released in the United States, reaches #1 on
the Gavin Up and Coming AC charts.
After a successful European
tour in 1997-1998, playing castles, theaters and churches throughout
Europe, Candice and Ritchie have returned to the studio to write
and record their second Blackmore's Night album. "Under
A Violet Moon" due for release in Japan in April 1999, and
world-wide May 1999.
Candice and Ritchie appear
on VH1-US with Blackmore's Night.
1999 - Candice Night is the first woman to appear in
Burn Magazine in Japan as their calendar poster.
Under A Violet Moon debuts
at #2 in Japan on the Japanese charts and #12 on the Billboard International
Under A Violet Moon debuts
at #20 with it's European release on the Billboard charts.
1999 - Candice and Ritchie bring Blackmore's Night back
to Europe to play to sold out venues at a ground breaking castle
tour throughout Europe.
1999 - Ritchie and Candice tape upcoming show for CNN
World Beat, and the Christmas Special - Airing dates - Christmas
day. They also tape a segment for a "medieval special"
to be aired in 2000.
- Blackmore's Night commences the first leg of the US tour
- bringing the Under A Violet Moon tour to the Midwest/New York
area. Blackmore's Night will perform two charity shows in
October to benefit the Saltare foundation to bring Performing Arts
to underprivileged children - also a charity benefit show was performed
for abused and homeless animals - donating their time and proceeds
of their Halloween show to Best Friends Society and the North Shore
- Daily Telegraph Sunday Edition feature article on Ritchie
Blackmore and Candice Night. Under A Violet
Moon wins the #1 Best Vocal album of the Year award from NAV.
- Blackmore's Night returns to tour Italy.
2000 - Blackmore's Night will continue to tour Europe
and Japan, and return to the castle tours in the summer of 2000.
2000 - CNN Worldbeat airs a special on renaissance music
featuring Blackmore's Night
2000 - Blackmore's Night returns to Europe for castle
2001 - Fires At Midnight by Blackmore's Night is released
in Japan and
Europe, entering the International German Billboard charts at No.9
and the International Japanese charts at No. 20, Austrian charts
at No.34, Czech Republic charts at No.21, and Slovakia charts at
Fires At Midnight reaches Number 7 on the new Age Voice US radio
- Candice Night records guest vocals on 3 songs, Through the Times,
Golden Hair and Promises Under The Rain, on Beto Vasquez's Infinity
project. Other guest vocalists on Infinity include Sabine from Edenbridge
and Tarja from Nightwish. It is released in South America on the
Rock Brigade / Laser Company label.
2001 - Fires At Midnight German Castle tour - Sold Out
Hamburg Charity Performance - All Blackmore's Night precedes Benefit
Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.
- Blackmore's Night Guest Appearance on Fernsehgarten Garden-German
TV, performing artist on Vabank and the Ice Hockey Stick of the
Year Program for Czech Nova TV and Blackmore's Night live performances
on the BingoLotto TV Show in Sweden.
2001 - Fires At Midnight video reaches Number 6 in Canadian
MusicMax TV charts.
- England, Holland, Denmark and Sweden - Fires At Midnight Tour
- Sold Out.
2001 - Candice
Night interviews appear in Divka, Cosmo Girl – Czech Republic, Kvety
Weekly, Czech Republic, Czech State Radio interview.
2001 - Musical Discoveries feature length story and photos.
2001 - Times They Are A Changin' video from Fires At
Midnight wins the Number 1 TV video award three weeks straight and
takes Number 2 for fourth week. Nova TV Czech Republic.
- Fires At Midnight remains high on Russian charts - on " Open
Radio" in Moscow "The Times They Are A Changin'"
remains 9 weeks in the top 20 hit list. "I Still Remember"
enters rotation in top 20. Show business agency "Intermedia"
reports that Fires At Midnight is one of the top 10 International
pop bestsellers during Sept and Oct.
- Charity Benefit performance of Blackmore's Night - All Proceeds
go to North Shore Animal League and Best Friends Animal Sanctuary
in Utah to feed and shelter homeless animals.
- The Infinity project is
released in Japan with a February release in Finland, March release
by Drakkar in Germany.
2002 - Blackmore's Night special guest performance at
the Czech Music Award Ceremony-filmed by Nova TV. Blackmore's
Night performs at Angel Music Award Ceremony in Prague. They
received an Eso Award from NOVA TV for their number one video The
Times They Are A Changin.