news               bio               photos               music               wiki styled media entry               news               news              contact

Friday, March 31, 2023

Special Star ⭐ Dead or Alive Cover (News Update)

 ⭐ Candy Apple Blue are covering Dead or Alive's Special Star ⭐

Nick Bramlett Special Star Photo Session
Nick Bramlett (©2023 Special Star Photo Session)

We have officially recorded our very first cover song!

We have finished recording our Dead or Alive tribute song Special Star and moved the music production along to our producer, Matt Pop. To answer those of you who asked, if I had to guesstimate, I would say it could possibly be ready for release in late May of 2023. Special Star is a deep cut from Dead or Alive's third studio album, Mad, Bad, and Dangerous to Know. This track has always been a very special song to us and is also a fan favorite of many other Dead or Alive fans too. The idea to cover this track was fueled by our friend, David Smalley, to who we owe our gratitude. 

In the meantime, we are working hard on two new dance floor bangers with Nick Bramlett on lead vocals. Both "I Wanna Party" and "Moving Out of Town" are also in the pipeline! So keep your ear to the ground for more 🍬🍎🟦 music news.

💋 - Carly

Special Star Hoyt Emerick Dead or Alive Cover
Hoyt Emerick: "Channeling My Inner Pete Burns!" 🌹

Feeling fresh-faced and getting ready for my photo session for the cover art of our forthcoming single "Special Star". Special Star is our very first cover song. The track was originally recorded by Dead or Alive and is a deep cut taken from the band's third studio album Mad, Bad, and Dangerous to Know.  All three of us (Nick, Carly, and I) are doing Pete Burns-inspired looks for the cover art. 

We are working hard on designing the cover art now. Like Vincent Van Gogh once said, "What is done with love is well done." - Hoyt

Carly of Candy Apple Blue Nukleopatra Inspired Look
Carly Emerick: "My Pete Burns-Inspired Look Focuses on
the 1990s Nukleopatra Era of His Career."

The word is out! Nick, Hoyt, and I are all doing Pete Burns-inspired looks for the cover art of our forthcoming single, Special Star ⭐.
My Pete Burns-inspired look is focused on the 1990s Nukleopatra era of his career. This look is so very special to me because it was during this time that I had the chance to meet and hang out with Pete. 
For two nights in a row, while he was in town to play at The Roxy in NYC, I got to go clubbing with Pete, have a late-night dinner, and enjoy breakfast with him at the Yaffa Cafe. 

The last night we hung out together he scribbled down his address and told me to keep in touch before jumping into a yellow taxi cab. It was a magical yet surreal experience for me as a young adult to meet my childhood idol. 

We made a genuine connection and I will always treasure that memory. 🦋🌹⭐ - Carly

Hoyt Emerick Pete Burns Inspired Look (Brand New Lover)
Hoyt Emerick: "This is my Brand New Lover-inspired look."

We are excited to be covering Dead or Alive's Special Star! We fully understand that we are walking on sacred ground here. Many Dead or Alive fans have expressed to us just how much this song means to them.

The track is from the Mad, Bad, and Dangerous to Know album which contained the international hit single "Brand New Lover". This is my Brand New Lover-inspired look! 

Let's call this pic Brand New Hoyt-er, shall we? ~ Hoyt

Nick Bramlett Special Star Photo Session
Nick Bramlett (©2023 Special Star Photo Session)

I think this is my favorite picture of Nick from the Special Star ⭐ photo session. ~ Carly

Nick Bramlett Tim Lever Inspired Look
Nick Bramlett Serving a Tim Lever-Inspired Look

Here Nick is serving a Tim Lever DOA look. Nick poured his heart into his vocal performance of Special Star ⭐.  

We did create some extra background vocals and ad-libs that were not in the original version. We did it tastefully and respectfully. We want you to hear the song in a bit of a different way. We gave it that Candy Apple Blue sugared coating! 🍬🍎🟦 ~ Carly

Carly AI-Generated Cyberpunk Image Special Star
Special Star Carly (AI-generated)

AI-Generated Cyberpunk Pirate Image of Nick Bramlett (Special Star)
Special Star Nick (AI-generated)

Hoyt Cyberpunk AI-Generated Image (Special Star)
Special Star Hoyt (AI-generated)

AI-generated images of us based off of our recent Special Star ⭐ photo session! Pretty freaking cool, right?

Monday, March 13, 2023

Neil Lecy Drawing of Carly Emerick

Neil Lecy Carly Emerick of Candy Apple Blue
©2023 Drawing by Neil Lecy
Carly Emerick of Candy Apple Blue 

Did you ever have one of those days where nothing you did seemed right? I had one of those really hard days today. So at the end of the evening, I was scrolling down through some photos on Instagram. I immediately recognized the person in this photo. I had to do a double-take. It's me, I thought. When I read the inscription, it was confirmed. It put a huge smile on my face. Thank you so very much, Neil Lecy, my artist friend, for making my day a lot brighter! 🎨 Your art turned my frown upside down! ~ Carly