Following a hellish marriage to Otis Nixon, Candi Staton returns with Existence Happens
Describing her tumultuous two-year marriage to former Atlanta Braves outfielder Otis Nixon, Candi Staton doesn’t sugarcoat a factor: “It was hell on the planet. My God, it had been probably the most terrifying and devastating amount of time in my whole existence. I had been studying the fires of hell trying to puzzle out how you can accept him after which how to locate a way to avoid it of this crazy marriage.”
Now divorced in the troubled ball player (Nixon continues to be arrested on drug charges multiple occasions during the last couple of years, most lately in 2013), the veteran Atlanta soul singer has returned by having an aptly entitled new album, Existence Happens. Inspired by Staton’s recent encounters, Existence Happens is really a song cycle chronicling the trajectory of the romance, in the flutters of falling for each other towards the bitter split up and beyond. The work marks a reunion together with her FAME Records producer Ron Hall, whose famous Muscle Shoals studios helped to produce Staton’s career within the late 1960s and early 1970s. The happy couple made an appearance in last year’s critically acclaimed FAME documentary, Muscle Shoals, together with Bono, Aretha Franklin, Keith Richards and Mick Jagger.
“I Ain’t Simple to Love,” the song Staton is portrayed recording within the doc, leads from the new album. Onto it, a set of notable fans – former Drive By Truckers member Jason Isbell and also the Civil Wars’ John Paul White-colored join her. Isbell even convinced Staton to sing a debut with him on stage only at that month’s Shaky Knees music festival. “Jason is really a complete sweetheart,” Staton states. “I seem like I’ve known him my existence. Jason, John Paul and that i had such fun recording that.”
While Staton effectively sells the very first third of Existence Happens, the singer really sinks her teeth in to the material detailing the period inside a relationship once the wheels start to disappear the romance bus. Written or co-compiled by Staton herself, they are songs with titles like “You Treat Me Just like a Secret” and “Three Minutes to some Relapse.” The album’s slinky, Hammond B3 fueled, five minute opus “She’s After Your Guy,Inches was inspired with a Mississippi golf tournament outing with Nixon. Sample lyrics? “She comes moving her sides back and forth, searching for somebody to consider for any ride.”
“We were sitting in the bar along with other athletes’ spouses,” Staton recalls. “And this chick pops up and merely slides herself between Otis’ legs beside me sitting immediately! My mouth gaped open. This is exactly what occurs when you’re married for an athlete, the thing is. I simply checked out him and stated, ‘If you do not let her know to maneuver, I’ll.’ Among the other spouses stated, ‘Oh, baby, you need to simply get accustomed to everything.’ I stated, ‘No I do not. Not me.’ Within the lyrics, I quote my sister Maggie, whose favorite saying is, ‘People change. Although not much.’”
Regrettably for all of us, the diminish on “Three Minutes to some Relapse” begins just like Staton really begins to cut loose on listeners. “They wouldn’t allow me to place the lengthy version out!” Staton states, laughing. “I was told, ‘You just seem angry.’ I suppose I had been however it sure felt good to have it full-scale!Inches
Jetting off now for concert dates over the Atlantic introducing fans in Hamburg and London to Existence Happens, Staton states she’s finally inside a great place. “Marriage just doesn’t work with me. I’m alone although not lonely. This album is one of the happiness, the heartache and also the discomfort, everything that is included with love. We have to undergo these dry patches which valleys for any reason. They create us more powerful.”