MONTROSE musician Ross Candy is now based in London and working across the UK, but he has told the Review that he hopes to be back home to perform in this year’s Montrose Festival.
Ross describes himself as a singer/songwriter/guitarist with a powerful voice, who is heavily inspired and influenced by 1980s fashion and music.
Although born in Dundee, he was raised in Montrose and attended Lochside Primary school and Montrose Academy.
From there he went to Dundee College for a year to study Modern Musicianship.
Following this he left Scotland to move down to Guildford to a Pop/Rock school called the Academy of Contemporary Music (ACM) where the likes of Ed Sheeran and Newton Faulkner studied.
He said: “Through the ACM I got an audition to be part of band Avenue, where we went on to make the final 12 on the X-Factor in 2006 but we were sensationally disqualified due to having a manager, and the rules at that time stated that you weren’t allowed a manager!
“Highlights from the Avenue days were returning to Montrose Academy to play a gig, and performing at the Aberdeen Exhibition Centre as a support act for McFly.”
Unfortunately Avenue broke up and its members all decided to pursue their own separate careers.
Ross took up the story again: “Since then I have developed my own music and written my own album, Candy. I am now performing live across the UK with my musicians. I recently performed at Sir Richard Branson’s Members club, The Roof Gardens, where the designer brand ‘Lacoste’ dressed me in their new collection.”
His sound is both forward-looking and nostalgic and has a unique dark pop/rock sound which targets a wide range of audiences. After completing his album Candy brought in a guitarist, bassist and drummer to start circulating the London Live scene.
“I have a number of gigs coming up in central London which you can see details of on my website www.candyofficial.com”
Ross has also just released his debut video ‘Haunting’ which is on his youtube link www.youtube.com/rosscandyofficial