YSU senior Candy Campana of Struthers, Ohio, released her first CD in July on the Nashville-based Soul 1st Records label. Her music is traditional country, made viable through Candy’s powerful voice that has echoes of Reba McEntire.
A Mahoning Valley native, Candy began singing at the tender age of three and first performed when she was in third grade. Since then, she has been performing locally and nationally for a variety of country events, including at Nashville Crossroads for the Country Radio Seminar and as the opening act for the “Country on the River” concerts in Warren.
In her spare time, Candy loves to show and ride her horse, Sunny Boy, as well as play and write music. She credits God and the Blessed mother for her talents and successes. Having already earned an associate’s degree in Art, Candy will graduate in the summer of 2014 with a degree in General Studies, concentrating in Business, with a double minor in Marketing and Entrepreneurship.
With the goal of moving to Nashville to follow her passion for country music, Candy knows that her YSU education will help her. “I feel it is important to have a business education going into the music industry; it’s all one big business,” she said.