First Listen: Candice Glover's 'Music Speaks’
"American Idol" Season 13 is in full swing, but Candice Glover, who won Season 12 last year, is finally releasing her long-delayed debut album, "Music Speaks" on Feb. 18. And Yahoo Music has the exclusive premiere right here, right now.
So, does Candice, the first female "Idol" champion since Season 6's Jordin Sparks, have any fear that she may be overshadowed by this season's crop of guitar-toting boys and girls?
"It was an issue for me," she admits to Yahoo Music. "I was like, 'People are going to forget about me.' But then, Season 1 winner Kelly Clarkson [also took a long time to release her first album], and she's doing pretty well for herself!"
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"I don't think it was that disastrous," says Candice, acknowledging that such critiques used to get under her now-thickened skin. "A lot of things used to bother me, like small stuff used to bother me, because when you put yourself out there on TV, you're basically open to the whole world, and people are going to say whatever they want about you and to you — because it's online! But I had to get to a place where none of that stuff bothered me, and now I'm just focused on my career and my album.
"I mean, everybody has those moments where they go through this 'I'm not good enough' phase, like, 'I'm not small enough, I'm not big enough or buff enough,' or whatever — guys and girls. But after a while you get to a place where you don't care what other people think. But at first, yeah, when I went on 'American Idol,' I had a big problem with that. And then social media stuff didn't help at all, because people say whatever they want to you. But you have to block all that stuff out and know that you have a gift and your purpose in life is to share your music and your talent with the world and help somebody. So that's the biggest thing for me."
Candice learned to stand up for herself on "Idol" when it came time to cover the Cure's "Lovesong" — her standout performance of the season, and one of the best "Idol" performances of all time. It was so iconic that a new studio version was added to "Music Speaks" as a bonus track by popular demand. But it almost didn't happen last year.