Candy Lee combines her long time love of jazz with folk, Americana, and indie influences to create her own original style. She has become one of the most well known singer/songwriters in Arkansas, and was voted the 2011 Northwest Arkansas Music Award Winner for Best Female Singer/Songwriter and Best Female Vocalist in a Band. In 2014, Candy Lee was one of the finalists for the Song of Arkansas Contest, which gained her recognition throughout the state, for her song “Here in Arkansas,” for which the music video has nearly 23,000 hits on YouTube. She was also a Grassy Hill New
Embracing a crossover sound between progressive bluegrass and acoustic country, Monroeville has caught the attention of music lovers on both sides of the tracks.
Bursting onto the scene in the past year, the band is on the fast track to success. The energy, interplay and synchronicity they possess are characteristic of the most seasoned of bands, and their love for music comes across with perfect clarity, absorbing the audience into their experience and generating a genuine bond between listener and performer.
Their debut EP, “Monroeville”, was released on the newly-created Monroeville Records label on May 18th, 2011. Produced by GRAMMY nominated producer Jim Van Cleve, the project includes songs written by Skip Ewing, and Chris Stapleton, as well as songs written by Monroeville’s own Daniel Salyer. “Monroeville” also features a guest appearance by Skip Ewing and a duet with Cia Cherryholmes.
Although they are a young band, Monroeville’s members have reached significant career milestones – 4 of the young men are GRAMMY nominated artists, one is a prolific songwriter for several industry artists, and 4 have won National instrumental competitions.
In their first year, Monroeville has performed at a number of nationally recognized festivals and showcases such as an appearance at Grey Fox and IBMA, and on The Today Show.
Monroeville had the privilege of hosting the first Hard Rock Cafe AcoustiCana Series in Nashville, TN during IBMA’s World of Bluegrass, that was sponsored by Epiphone, the Gibson Bus, and The AcoustiCana Journal. They are also sponsored by D’Addario Strings.
Monroeville’s first music video was released at the Hard Rock AcoustiCana Series in Nashville on September 29, 2011. Shot by David Poag, director of Ronnie Dunn’s video, “Love Owes Me One”, the video is of the song “Pot of Gold” written by Chris Stapleton, and will be appearing on video channels soon.
Community involvement and service are at the heart of Monroeville. Their age and ability to relate and communicate with kids and young adults has allowed them give back to the community through workshops and youth events, sharing their skill and their love of music with a wider audience.
Monroeville are stars in the making. At the band’s core is a belief that good music knows no boundaries. They seamlessly flow through a range of musical styles and sounds, from bluegrass to country and pop, gaining the attention of a rapidly expanding fan base.
For more information on Monroeville, visit their website at www.monroevilleband.com
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