Struthers singer CC Cannon releases ‘It’s Too Late’ New name, new song
By GUY D’ASTOLFO
The first single from CC Cannon is titled “It’s Too Late,” but it could be just the beginning for the country singer from Struthers.
Cannon released the song in February, which can be purchased at all major online music retailers. A sample video is on YouTube,
If the powerful voice sounds familiar, it’s because CC Cannon is the new stage name for Candace Campana, who has been singing at events in the Valley for years. She released her first album, “Sweet,” in 2013.
The new song was produced by Theodore T. Life, who also co-wrote it with Cannon. The Philadelphia-based Life is a longtime musician, songwriter and record producer who has worked with many top acts.
Life came across Cannon’s earlier work and was impressed. So he brought her to his studio and worked with her to create and record “It’s Too Late.”
“He called me on Christmas Eve,” said Cannon. “It was extremely exciting.”
Life said Cannon has a lot of potential.
“She has the pipes, she wants to make it and she’s willing to work,” said Life in a phone interview. “I want to introduce her with this first song, but we are coming out with an album.”
Raw talent is one thing, but learning how to interpret and deliver a song is necessary to get to the next level, said Life. That’s what he aims to do with Cannon.
It’s a project that he likens to finding a diamond in the rough and then polishing it.
“It’s exciting to make that happen, and see it happen, to bring something to the forefront that had been in the background,” he said.
Life’s biggest success in molding a protege would be Evelyn “Champagne” King, the powerful-voiced singer whose disco-era hits include “Shame” (1977).
Cannon aims to return to Life’s studio to work with his writers and musicians and record more songs.
During the January sessions, she recalled being struck by a bolt of inspiration. “There is a guitar part in the bridge after the second chorus of ‘It’s Too Late’ that I wrote in under five minutes,” said Cannon. “[Life] went outside for a smoke and told me to have it done by the time he got back. Everyone loved it. I said, ‘Thank you, God.’”
It was also Life who suggested the stage name CC Cannon.
“It’s my initials, plus he said my voice is like a cannon, explosive,” she said. “I said, ‘OK, I can get into that.’”
The 2009 graduate of Struthers High School has a degree in business administration and marketing from Youngstown State University. She currently works at YSU in the admissions department.
Valley residents might have heard Cannon perform; she has sung the National Anthem at many events, including the Canfield Fair, the Professional Bull Riders at Covelli Centre, football games and rodeos.
Cannon is quite at home at the rodeo. She owns a horse named Sunny Boy that is her pride and joy. “I rescued him, and it was amazing watching him go from afraid of me to trusting me completely,” she said. “I sit on his back and just watch him do what I say. People had hurt him but he has come around so well. He is so loving. At first he couldn’t do anything, and now he can do everything.”
Cannon has shown Sunny Boy at the Canfield Fair, and keeps him at a stable in Greenford.
When she’s not at YSU or horseback riding, Cannon is working on releasing a full-length album.
“I’ve written so many songs I can fill up 10 albums,” she said. “I’m hoping [the single] is the start. I’ve got so much drive and I’m ready to go.”