If there were ever a role model for dreamers and go-getters, it’s Candice Pillay. Until now, there’s a good chance you’ve never heard her name. But, if you’re familiar with Christina Aguilera, Britney Spears and Rhianna, then take note. For the last several years, Pillay has been writing songs for all of them. Now, with her intoxicating sound and blazing good looks, Pillay has become a must-see solo artist.
Born and raised in the small town of Pietermaritzburg, South Africa. Pillay started
singing at the age of 7 in her family’s local church. At 13, she had her own band, and at 18, she jumped on a plane to the United States. Pillay worked a variety of odd jobs in the tri-state area - from nanny to shoe saleswoman – to finance her dreams of becoming a singer.
“It’s really difficult to come here from South Africa,” shares Pillay. “I was going to get here by any means possible and stay by any means necessary.” Pillay relocated to Los Angeles and began modeling, a choice that brought her some financial stability. But, for Pillay, her path was clear. She knew she would rather be “a broke musician over an unhappy model.”
Eventually, after a number of local performances, mix tape releases and a chance meeting with producer, Dem Jointz, Pillay got her first big break when she co-wrote the song “Cockiness” for Rihanna. She soon became an in-demand songwriter, and penned a remarkable seven songs for Christina Aguiliera’s 2012 album Lotus.
In 2014, Pillay released her debut album, The Mood Kill, which was heralded for its soulful vocals, poignant writing and top-notch production. Since then, Pillay has worked closely with the legendary producer Dr. Dre and is featured on his album, Compton, alongside Eminem, Kendrick Lamar and many more.
"Candice is that rare gem the music industry today needs – beyond valuable and some may say more precious than that vintage diamond Rolex you’ve always wanted to own." - Toronto Paradise
Pillay’s latest EP, The High, exhibits Pillay’s unique ability to blend elements of R&B, trap, electronica and alternative pop.