Sep 28, 2020
Candice is an Anesthesiologist/Pain Physician and musician from Los Angeles. Her passions from making quality music and spreading joy through live performance, writing, producing, and singing started during her childhood when she said she wanted to be a doctor and a musician when she grew up. After completing her medical education, she began studying piano, which led to her passion for R&B and jazz. Her nickname is KeyBoard Doc, which pays homage to her transition from being a physician to a musician, writer, and producer. Candice and her husband Keith are the co-founders of Backstage Consultants - a company that offers full-service live music support, in-person and virtual instruction in piano and drums, and support organizations wishing to improve the administration of their music departments.
She talks about her experience of feeling like an “other” often being the only woman in her classrooms. She was able to spin that experience into a positive for herself by learning about many other cultures as she was constantly surrounded by people different than herself. But she still faced discrimination when people constantly asked her to prove that she belonged in medical school. After working as a physician, she realized how much stress she was under. When she turned to music, she was able to find so much creative energy that was waiting for her. She made the hard decision to turn down having a steady income to trusting that if she jumped into the music world, she would find her footing.