Meet Candye Kane!

Hi. I'm Candye Kane. I was born in Ventura, California on November 13th. I am a scorpio. I was raised in Highland Park, which is in North East Los Angeles. I went to Franklin High School where I became friends with many Mexican Americans and first learned to sing and speak in Spanish. My parents still live in the same house I was raised in. I had my first child when I was 17 years old, and for economic reasons, became a stripper, topless model and plus size porn star. Through it all, I used my money to subsidize my musical ambitions and hired top notch musicians to play with me. I learned to exploit the sex business to my own advantage, and continue to exploit them, just as they exploited me!

I started developing breasts at the age of 13. I was not happy about my changing body, as I was a tomboy and wanted to go topless all summer. Little did I know, eventually I would go topless for hard cash.

My first musical experiences were as a child, organizing plays and musicals in my neighborhood. My first band was with my cousins, Shawn and Shay. We were called "The Gemini 3". My money making band was called "Rawhide" with Damon and Lissa Kaye. We played with many punk rock bands at the now defunct "Cathay De Grande" in Hollywood. It was a great time to be in music. You could see Black Flag, Los Lobos, Dwight Yoakum, The Circle Jerks, The Screamin Sirens, The Blasters and Rawhide on one stage in one night. My next band was with Jumpin' Jerry Sikorski and American Patrol. In those days I was the receptionist at the L.A. Weekly in between stripping tours. Later I formed a country band in L.A. called "The Armadillo Stampede" with Will Ray on guitar. We got a lot of great attention in the early L.A. country scene and landed a developmental deal with CBS/Epic. Eventually, I tired of country music and the hypocritical Nashville country game. I started singing blues when I was introduced to singers like Etta James and Ruth Brown. I realized that Blues would forgive me for my controversial past, and I sure wouldn't have to lose weight to be taken seriously as a blues singer.

I got married in 1988 to Paladins Bassist Thomas Yearsley and we had one son together. (His first, my second). We were married for 14 years and the Paladins produced my first cd, Home Cookin' for Antones records.

Today, I am a devoted single mom and a touring musician. I tour about 250 days a year. In between touring and recording, and raising my son, I lend my voice to my fellow sex workers. I believe everyone should have a chance to realize their goals and live their dreams. I was told by many that it couldn't be done. I persevered and refused to give up, in spite of all the naysayers who discouraged me. I had many obstacles, being a large sized, teenage welfare mom, outspoken bisexual porn star raised in a dysfunctional household in the ghetto. But I know that if I can be successful as a singer, anyone can acheive great things.

I hope to inspire others to live their dreams and love and accept themselves in the process, even though it seems like a daunting prospect in todays world. If I could have people say one thing about me when I am gone, it would be: She had a big heart and she made a difference!!

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