The only life lesson I learned: Singer Candi Staton, 83, says if it’s too good to be true, walk away

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American singer Candi 83, pictured, is known for a string of hits including Young Hearts Run Free

The only life lesson I learned: Singer Candi Staton, 83, says if it’s too good to be true, walk away

American singer Candi, 83, is known for a string of hits including Young Hearts Run Free. She escaped poverty as a teenager by joining a gospel trio, before launching her solo career. The mother of five children lives in Atlanta, Georgia, and is married to her sixth husband, former Secret Service agent Henry Hooper.

IF IT’S TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE, GO AWAY

When I was young, I didn’t know anything about the music business. When he was a teenager, he toured the United States with the Jewell Gospel Trio.

We were on stage with Aretha Franklin and Sam Cooke and we drew huge audiences, but when I turned 18 I found out that the other singers were getting salaries and we were getting nothing.

I became a solo singer, but I was still naive. They told me to look pretty and sing and they would ‘take care of business’. I was a country girl from Alabama and had been in church my whole life, so I was taken advantage of.

American singer Candi 83, pictured, is known for a string of hits including Young Hearts Run Free

I still feel the results of that to this day. Without reading the fine print, I signed contracts that said the record company would have the song forever.

That happened with Young Hearts Run Free. I couldn’t get that song back because they said I owed them money for studio time.

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They give you everything on the first three pages of a contract and it sounds wonderful, then they take it back on the next three. If something sounds too good to be true, it usually is.

However, I have not lost my enthusiasm for music. I will be performing at this year’s Love Supreme Jazz Festival and as long as I have the energy, I will sing and write songs at 90 years old.

And I still trust people, but these days I’m old enough to know when I’m being used.

Many of my relationships didn’t work out because I committed too quickly. I saw the image, but I didn’t know what was behind the image.

He looked good, spoke good, and was everything I thought I wanted, but once I got to know him, I started to see the real person.

After all these failed marriages, I met a man at a church service.

The mother of five children lives in Atlanta, Georgia, and is married to her sixth husband, former secret agent Henry Hooper.

The mother of five children lives in Atlanta, Georgia, and is married to her sixth husband, former secret agent Henry Hooper.

He had been a member of the secret service with four presidents and he was very kind and nice to me. We got married, but we live apart.

We both need our own space and spend a lot of time with our own families, but it’s a wonderful relationship. I know it’s genuine. If the president can trust him, surely I can!

  • CANDI is performing at this year’s Love Supreme Jazz Festival at Glynde Place, East Sussex, June 30-July 2 (lovesupremefestival.com)

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