Saturday November 28, 2020

First Person

Candi Staton: 65, soul singer, Atlanta

24th January, 2009

I grew up on a farm in rural Alabama, picking cotton and feeding chickens. One Sunday, we went to a church picnic meeting, where they brought out a little girl who sang and made the place go wild. I thought straightaway: ‘‘I wanna sing like her!”

When I started singing in church choirs, the crowds would get very emotional. Once, I remember, they started throwing their pocket books at my feet. I...

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