Candice Pitts to perform at JuneFest

By Press and Staff Reports

Candice Pitts of Mantachie is slated to be the opening act for the 5th Annual JuneFest Saturday night entertainment.

Pitts will take stage at 6:30 p.m. on June 9 and perform until 7:15 p.m. in downtown Ackerman.

She has been entertaining audiences in and around the south for the past two decades.

Candice performed every summer from 1998 to 2002 at Libertyland Theme Park in Memphis, in the W.C. Handy Theatre R&B showcase.

As a member of University of Mississippi Women’s Glee Club (1998 to 1999), Candice traveled to Europe, competing with choirs abroad, also performing in Notre Dame Cathedral for high mass in Paris, France.

Pitts also performed all over the southern U.S. as a member of the University of Memphis touring ensemble “Sound Fuzion” (1999-2002).

In 2008, Candice provided backup vocals for recording artist Paul Thorn’s album, Long Way From Tupelo, also performing several dates with The Paul Thorn Band around the south.

After moving back home to Mississippi, Candice assisted with worship vocals for the Orchard United Methodist Church in Tupelo from 2004 to 2011.

After helping lead worship at the Orchard United Methodist Church in Tupelo for eight years, Candice now assists with leading worship at First United Methodist Church in Tupelo as well as Crosswinds Ministries in Corinth.

She has studied all-around voice under Bob Westbrook of Germantown, Tenn. since the age of 11 and studied classical voice under Jennifer Robinson at the University of Mississippi.

Candice also studied jazz and blues vocal under Memphis jazz legend Joyce Cobb while at the University of Memphis.

Make sure to come out to the 5th Annual JuneFest on June 9 to hear Candice Pitts perform then at 8 p.m. get ready for a concert from Jason Miller.

For more information about JuneFest call 662-285-3778.