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During the Viet Nam era, Candy toured the United States, performing for the troops.
CANDY FOSTER has been performing classic rhythm and blues throughout the midwest for over 40 years. Based in Urbana-Champaign, Illinois, Candy is well-known as one of the hardest working blues singers in the area. His strong vocals and high energy style always draws interactive enthusiasm from his audience. Over the years, Candy has appeared with such blues greats as B.B. King, Tyrone Davis, Artie Blues Boy White, Lonnie Brooks, Etta James, Big Daddy Kinsey, KoKo Taylor, Junior Wells, Clarence Gatemouth Brown, Little Milton, Eddie Shaw, Son Seals, Bobby Blue Bland, and Bobby Rush. Backed by seasoned professionals and performing the tight arrangements of the Shades of Blue, Candy provides audiences with "pure" rhythm and blues grooves that first originated from Chicago, Detroit, St. Louis, and Memphis (Delta) areas.Candy Foster and the Shades of Blue were named the winners of a regional blues contest held at The Blues Creation in Urbana, Illinois. The Octopus (a local alternative weekly) named Candy Foster the Best Blues Artist in their Reader's Choice poll. In addition to frequent appearances at night clubs, the band also performs for private parties, weddings, festivals, fundraisers, fraternity and sorority parties, and special events at the University of Illinois and Parkland College.