Highline alum Candice Rose loves to sing

By Winter Dorval - Staff Reporter



Candice Rose found herself juggling a business, kids, an ill parent and a desire to get back to singing, all at once.

She has found a way to unite at least two of those things by organizing a concert to raise funds for her mother's care next weekend.

The show, "From Gratitude to Wellness," will be at the Re-Bar in Seattle from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. on Oct. 12.

Rose, a Highline graduate, is attempting to raise funds to help cover her mother's medical expenses.

Her mom got poisoned by MRI contrast dye, a condition known as Gadolinium Toxicity.

"She went from being healthy to needing three different medications for nerve pain, needing a cane, and not being able to drive," Rose said.

 "The FDA is starting to recognize it, but there is still no protocol to treat Gadolinium Toxicity."

MRI scans with contrast are about $10,000 and scans without contrast are about $3,000, she said.

"All the current treatments aren't approved by the FDA yet or covered by insurance, so I thought, I have access to an amazing arts and music community that is really supportive during times like this," Rose said.

A gofundme page has been set up, along with donations being accepted at the show.

"The theme is women healing women. It's not an accident that I procured all female dj's and dancers," Rose said.

"I have a lot to say about coming home to yourself, and feminine empowerment."

The concert will include five performers: Trinitron, Mz ArTiz, Rose, Julie Herrera, and LeGaspi. 

There will be a face painter during the show, four female DJ's, dancers, and a silent auction.

Rose's musical pathway has wandered a bit over the years, but she's long had a desire to perform.

Her first couple of years at Highline she was in the music program, she said.

"I had a lot of things I wanted to say so I had to become a musician to facilitate that," said Rose.

She was a worship leader for her college group when she was religious.

"It was a special kind of music experience, very soulful and spontaneous. Then I got a little older, pulled away from those roots, and now I'm living in Seattle and no longer married," Rose said.

"I feel like I've lived a few lives and I'm just now getting started as an artist," Rose said.

This is her first concert in years.

"I'm inspired every time I do a show I'm like 'I need to do this more,' because it's so fulfilling and gratifying to share yourself through art," she said.

She is a little bit of a perfectionist with her music, she said.

"Even with the upcoming show I'm fine-tuning and changing songs I've been playing for years," Rose said.

Her music depends on what she is going through at that time, she said.

 "I would call my music ethereal soul lullabies. I have always written songs and poems," said Rose.

She is a singer-songwriter and guitar player.

 "Now I have a whole lot of other things to say, so I started going to open mics, and meeting other musicians."

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 challenge is as well as being a performer, she owns her own fitness and corrective business, and is a parent.

 "As I'm getting older, I'm deeply trusting myself and I feel at home in myself," Rose said.

"I want my music to be empowering in that way for women and everyone."

Most of people's trials and struggles come from trying to fit a mold that isn't authentic for them, she said.

 "I've recorded a few things so the goal right now is to get songs that have been developing for a long time recorded in a way I feel good about," Rose said.

Rose has some music on Soundcloud and is hoping to add more soon, she said.

"I don't have the next concert booked yet, because I'm focusing on my business, kids, and recording new songs," Rose said.

To raise awareness about Gadolinium Toxicity, the upcoming show will also include stories from other people that have experienced this condition on display.

There will be a $10 entrance fee at the door to go towards the fundraiser.

The address for the venue, Re-Bar, is 1114 Howell St., Seattle.

To donate visit gofundme.com/fromgratitudetowellbeing.

For more information visit www.facebook.com/events/1988784574754548/.

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