Candi was a Canadian pop band from the late ’80s\early ’90s that consisted of lead singer Candita “Candy” Pennella, bassist & background vocalist Nino Milazzo, drummer & percussionist Paul Russo & keyboardist Rich Imbrogno.
The band originally performed as an Italian wedding band. They later began playing at local area clubs & dances where they attracted the attention of record executives from I.R.S. Records label who signed them to a record contract.
In 1988, Candi released their debut single “Dancing Under a Latin Moon” which peaked at #26 on the RPM Top Singles chart in Canada. In the United States, the song became the band’s only hit song to date, peaking at #68 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #46 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Club Play Singles chart.
During that same year, they released their self-titled debut album. It’s unknown how or if the album charted, but it was certified platinum in Canada (with sales of 100,000 units).
The band’s follow-up single “Under Your Spell” managed to peak at #46 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Club Play Singles chart. It’s unknown how it charted in Canada.
The third single released from the album “Missing You” peaked at #18 on the RPM Top Singles chart.
The last single from the album “Love Makes No Promises” became Candi’s highest charting single in Canada, peaking at #9 on the RPM Top Singles chart.
At the 1990 Juno Awards, Candi’s songs “Under Your Spell” & “Missing You” were nominated for the award of “Best Dance Recording”. Candy Pennella was nominated for the award of “Female Vocalist of the Year,” but she lost to Rita MacNeil. She was nominated the next year, but lost to Celine Dion.
In 1990, Candi changed their name to Candi & the Backbeat and released their sophomore album “World Keeps On Turning.” It’s unknown how or if the album charted at all, but it was certified Gold.
The only single to chart was “Friends Forever” which managed to peak at #38 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Club Play Singles chart in 1991.
The other two singles released from the album “The World Just Keeps On Turning” (which was nominated at the Juno Awards for “Best Dance Recording”) and “Good Together” didn’t appear to chart.
After a North American tour in 1991, Candy Pennella decided to disband the band and members went on to pursue other projects.
Candy married Paul Russo (who began working as a session musician), attended York University where she graduated in 1992 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Music, then attended the University of Toronto where she graduated in 1994, earning a Bachelor of Education degree. These days, she works as a teacher for the Toronto Catholic District School Board.
It’s unknown what Nino Milazzo & Rich Imbrogno are up to these days and it appears as if they have faded into obscurity.
To see the music video for “Dancing Under a Latin Moon,” go to:
To see the music video for “Under Your Spell,” go to:
To see the music video for “Missing You,” go to:
To see the music video for “Love Makes No Promises,” go to:
To see the music video for “The World Just Keeps on Turning,” go to:
To see a fan-made video for “Friends Forever,” go to:
To see the music video for “Good Together,” go to: