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East Village musician releases new album mixing genres and spreading positive vibes


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After several years in the music industry, an East Village musician has released a solo album that encompasses all of his favorite styles of music.

Candy John Carr made her debut playing on albums by other musicians. Drummer at heart, one of Carr’s major contributions has been singer-songwriter Donovan’s albums, appearing on the 1970’s “Open Road” album cover.

“I’m kind of part of that old hippie dream and that flower power. Donovan was the prince of flower power. I started with him as a percussionist. As a musician, I learned the guitar, but I was more satisfied with the percussion instruments, ”Carr recalls. “Donovan’s rthe rehearsals were like little jam sessions. He wrote a bunch of songs for the album. It was my destiny at the time.

Carr continued to explore music, taking several different paths. He has tried several different genres including jazz, reggae, rock and more to refine his sound.

He was surprised when he was approached about making his own album a few years ago.

“I got called in for a drum session for Justin Martell, who is a co-owner of the label I’m with. He called me to do a session in Long Island City for a Tiny Tim album that went really well, ”Carr said. “Along the way, Justin said, ‘Do you want to record an album?’ It took me by surprise. He said he saw me play live and he just relied on it. I said of course, I would love to make an album.

Five years later, Carr released “The Candy John Album” in the midst of the pandemic. The album, according to Carr, mixes a plethora of genres that have won over Carr over the years, including rock, acid rock, R&B, reggae and soul. The album’s tunes are also mixed lyrically, especially the two singles, “Open Your Heart” and “Land of the Living Dead”.

“The songwriting oscillates between spreading a positive word and what troubles the planet. “Land of the Living Dead” which sums up my feelings, while “Open Your Heart” appeals to the positive and what people really want, which is truth and love, metaphorically the heart means, “said Carr. “I try to speak from the heart, and when it comes to love, unless it’s the real feeling, it’s just another exercise in life.”

Now that the album has been released and restrictions have eased in New York City, Carr is hoping to resume performing live and potentially hosting virtual shows in the meantime. Carr is hoping that for now, the album can help put some positivity back in the world.

“Everyone knows the negative things that happen every day. I wish there were more reasons to be kind to each other instead of confrontational on the streets, ”Carr said. “I just don’t want people to get used to it, that kind of friction.”

Carr hopes that those who listen to “The Candy John Album” can enjoy something a little different while carrying away the positive messages that are intertwined in the songs.

“What I want [the listeners] to take away is to hear something that they might not have heard before in the same way. It’s done in an analog vinyl style, courtesy of Richard Barone, who produced the album, ”Carr said. “Basically I think most of the songs have a positive message. Hope any listener will notice and remember from listening, there is still room for a positive attitude. This is not the end of everything, there is a reason to move forward.

You can find “The Candy John Album” on Amazon and on all streaming platforms.