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Sunday, February 18, 2024

Admittedly, My Lipstick Application Is More Robert Smith Than Madonna 💄

Janine, Hoyt, and Michael (1993)
Janine, Hoyt, and Michael

Here I am back in 1993 with my friends Janine and Michael. I love Janine's "Raspberry Beret" and overalls! I'm also really digging Mike's alternative rock look here with his hair and goatee. I remember that we were on our way out to go out clubbing.

Music was always a big part of our lives. I remember Janine being a huge Morrissey and Smiths fan. Mike was really into Saint Entiem and Deee-Lite while I was all about Aimee Mann's first solo album. The music artists that we liked back then were a big part of our identities. It's hard to describe but back in those days, the artists that you listened to helped to define you as a person. 

Admittedly, my lipstick application is more Robert Smith than Madonna, but hey that was the look I was going for. I'm pretty sure that Janine might have borrowed my lipstick because the fact that we are both wearing the same shade of Chanel red is just too much of a coincidence. 

~ Love and laughs, Hoyt 🍬🍎🟦

Saturday, February 17, 2024

We Shot Some Really Cool Footage 🎥


Hoyt Emerick: "I Wanna Party" Music Video Shoot

Thank you guys so much for asking about yesterday's video shoot! 🎥 We shot some really cool footage and I think the end result is going to be spectacular. 

We didn't use green screen this time so maybe that's why I was a little bit more nervous than usual. It's a lot harder to control and film in a live environment. Nick, Hoyt, and I gave it our very best. 

Now I've got to get started on the editing. Honestly, it was more fun than it was work. It's so cool to be in my early '50s still chasing the dream. 🙏❤️ 

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend.

Big Love, Carly xoxo 🍬🍎🟦


Wednesday, February 14, 2024

Erasure Signed The Two Ring Circus CD 💿

Erasure Signed Two Ring Circus CD Candy Apple Blue
Erasure Signed "The Two Ring Circus" CD to Candy Apple Blue 

Having Andy Bell and Vince Clarke of Erasure autograph our Two Ring Circus CD 💿 was an incredible moment for us. This album was a big part of our childhood. We played it all the time. The song "Don't Dance" 🎵 for example has an important message that still resonates strongly with us today.

"You can step on out. You can do without. You don't have to be like every other."

Tuesday, February 13, 2024

We Are All Souls Just Temporarily Visiting a Human Body

Carly Emerick Candy Apple Blue 1997 NYC
Carly Emerick of Candy Apple Blue (1997)

We Are All Souls Just Temporarily Visiting a Human Body

Being androgynous is having possession of both masculine and feminine characteristics. My idols growing up were androgynous rebels like Boy George, Pete Burns, Marilyn, David Bowie, Divine, and even Rocky Horror's Tim Curry. I identified with them. I saw pieces of myself in them.

My life has indeed been one big strange circumstance. Quite often growing up people would misgender me. I caused quite a stir in my small hometown by just being me. Even when I lived in NYC, if I dressed like a boy, I would be called she; if I dressed like a girl, I would be called he. I just couldn't win. I never let pronouns define me and I still don't. I believe that we are so much more than our physical bodies. We are all souls just temporarily visiting a human body. The same could be said for all living creatures on this beautiful planet. 

The world has changed a lot since I was young and seeing people embrace this aspect of themselves is so refreshing. It's like the world has finally caught up to my way of thinking. Whether you identify as he, she, transgender, two-spirit, or non-binary just know that you belong here. How you choose to express your soul is up to you. In a sometimes cruel world that seems to be against anyone who is outside the realm of "normal" just remember to be kind, be respectful, be calm, and be you. 

Big love, Carly xoxo 🍬🍎🟦

Friday, February 9, 2024

Official "I Wanna Party" T-Shirts

Candy Apple Blue Official I Wanna Party T-Shirts
Candy Apple Blue Official "I Wanna Party" T-Shirts

As promised, I Wanna Party t-shirts are now available on our merch table. If you want to support our band this is a great way to do so. 

Order here: https://www.teepublic.com/t-shirt/56330065-i-wanna-party?store_id=1325384

Tie Dye Candy Apple Blue I Wanna Party T-Shirt
T-Shirt Color: Tie Dye (Official Candy Apple Blue Merch)


Wednesday, February 7, 2024

Press Release: Come party with Candy Apple Blue! 🥳 🎉

Candy Apple Blue I Wanna Party Matt Pop Nick Bramlett
Candy Apple Blue - I Wanna Party ft. Nick Bramlett (Matt Pop Mix)

Press Release: Come party with Candy Apple Blue! 🥳 🎉

The official cover art, track listing, and release date reveal for our forthcoming single I Wanna Party. 

We energetically composed and carefully crafted what we feel is the perfect pop song. In the great tradition of party anthems, I Wanna Party sits right up there with the best of the best of them. (e.g. Get The Party Started by Pink, Party in the USA by Miley Cyrus, Party All the Time by Eddie Murphy, You Gotta Fight for Your Right to Party by The Beastie Boys, Party Rock Anthem by LMFAO, Get Lucky by Daft Punk, and I Gotta Feeling by Black Eyed Peas)

Matt Pop meticulously produced a sound for us that is so sonically fresh, feverishly stylish, and blissfully exciting. The warm bass line pulsates beautifully against the slick rhythm. The synthesizer work is just brilliant. The melodic hook is so deliciously irresistible. If you're not singing and dancing along by the third chorus then you might have to check yourself for a pulse. 

The lead vocals on I Wanna Party are handled with great enthusiasm by Nick Bramlett. His golden voice soars along as he belts his heart out. Nick skillfully delivers each line of the song with just the right amount of intensity. It's got to be one of his best vocal performances to date. The glittery background vocals performed by Magenta Soulstar absolutely sparkle. I too had to join in on the fun and record some background vocals. The electric guitar work by Micah Blakeslee is funky, expressive, and played with great precision. And Hoyt's slick rap invites the listener to "Hope on in, enjoy the ride!". 

I had a blast designing the cover art for this release. It took me three days in Photoshop with a little help from AI to achieve the cosmic look that I was going for. I wanted to show Hoyt, Nick, and I coming up through a space portal transcending our earthly bounds. The gold-colored helium balloons are there to celebrate our success. It was a remarkable achievement for us to get this particular song to the finish line. 

In conclusion, I Wanna Party is cheerful and upbeat. It's undeniably a great dance record. The song's message is universal. It's a real triumph and we are super proud of it. We hope you will love, cherish, and support our combined efforts. It's our greatest wish that this song will elevate and lift your spirits.

Big love, Carly xoxo 🍬🍎🟦

Track Listing:

1) I Wanna Party (Matt Pop Mix)

2) I Wanna Party (Matt Pop Extended Version)

3) I Wanna Party (Matt Pop Instrumental Mix)

Release Date: March 8th, 2024 (New Music Friday)

PS. In case you were wondering, we are shooting a music video for I Wanna Party. We are scheduled to film next week. That should leave me just enough time to edit the video footage before the song's release. 

PSS. I Wanna Party t-shirts will be available this coming Friday.

 

Saturday, February 3, 2024

Redefining My Definition of Success

Carly Emerick of Candy Apple Blue
Carly Emerick of Candy Apple Blue

I found success by redefining my definition of success. It's all mind over matter. xoxo ~ Carly

Thursday, February 1, 2024

Music Is My Lifeblood

Carly Emerick of Candy Apple Blue
Carly Emerick of Candy Apple Blue

Songwriting is my passion! Music is my lifeblood. When people ask me about my profession, I proudly tell them that I'm a songwriter. The songs that I compose are what I will leave behind when I leave this beautiful planet.  ~ Carly xoxo 🍬🍎🟦