Candy Dulfer has been performing since age seven, bandleader of Funky Stuff since age fourteen, international recording artist since age nineteen, and touring the world since age twenty. She’s recorded and/or performed with artists like Prince, Dave Stewart (Eurythmics), Van Morrison, Maceo Parker, Sheila E., Mavis Staples, Lionel Richie, Beyonce, Pink Floyd, Chaka Khan, David Sanborn, Larry Graham, Marcus Miller, Aretha Franklin, Jimmy Cliff, George Duke, Blondie, Jools Holland, Jamie Cullum, Angie Stone, Tower of Power, The Time, Alan Parsons, Fred Wesley, Pee Wee Ellis, Joey DiFrancesco, Jonathan Butler, and many others.
“Lily was here” - her first collaboration with former Eurythmics Dave Stewart, in 1989 - was a Number One hit all over Europe. Iin 1999 they worked together on the soundtrack of the Robert Altman motion picture “Cookie’s Fortune,” and in 2002 they toured Europe with his project Da Univerzal Playaz, featuring reggae legend Jimmy Cliff.
Candy Dulfer’s 1990 solo debut album, Saxuality, recorded at the age of nineteen, sold over a million copies worldwide and was nominated for a Grammy Award. Her fourth album, For the Love of You (1997), was a major hit in the US and remained in the Billboard charts for over forty weeks. Her sales for her solo albums are now well over two and a half million CDs worldwide.
With Prince she appeared in the “Partyman” video, was featured on the “Graffiti Bridge” soundtrack and performed with him on a special anniversary edition of Saturday Night Live. In 1998 and 2002 she toured with him again and appeared on his 3-CD live box set One Nite Alone... Live! as well as his Internet-only released album, Xpectation.
In 2004 Candy Dulfer joined Prince for the massive Musicology Tour, playing over ninety shows in sell-out arenas across the USA to over 1.5 million excited fans. Prior to the Musicology Tour she performed with Prince and Beyonce at the prestigious Grammy Awards and also performed with Prince at Jay Leno’s “Tonight Show”. She also featured prominently - with sax and vocals - on Prince’s hit album Musicology, including the smashing duet “Life of The Party.”
Television appearances include Jay Leno’s “Tonight Show,” “Good Morning America,” CNN’s “Showbiz Today,” “Saturday Night Live,” “The Sinbad Show,” and a recurring spot on “The Arsenio Hall Show.” She’s performed in all the major television shows in Japan. Her European TV shows include “Ohne Filter,” “The Harald Schmidt Show,” “Rockpalast” and “Pepe Linhardt.”
Candy Dulfer has been touring the world with her own band Funky Stuff since the early nineties - from the Roxy in L.A., the illustrious Bottom Line in New York, the Blue Note clubs in Japan to the legendary Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland. She toured in Canada, USA, Asia, Scandinavia and the Baltic States, as well as performing in San Remo and Perugia, Italy, the Gurten Festival in Bern, Switzerland, the Nice Jazz and Vienne Festival in France, Couleur Locale in Brussels and, of course, the famous North Sea Jazz Festival in The Hague where Candy Dulfer sold out their biggest venue for over thirteen years.
In 2003 Candy Dulfer’s song, “Finsbury Park, Cafe 67,” (from her solo album, Right in My Soul) became a major smash at all the smooth jazz stations across the USA and in October the song reached the Number One position on the R&R Smooth Jazz chart - making it the most played smooth jazz song in the USA.
Her second live album Live at Montreux was released in 2005 on DVD and CD as part of the prestigious selection of releases by Eagle Vision from the archives of the legendary Montreux Jazz Festival.
In 2006 Candy Dulfer performed as a special guest at the renowned Berks Jazz Fest in the USA, followed by more shows in the States in July together with Jason Miles (of Miles Davis fame) with a band that included Candy’s fellow Prince band members Rhonda Smith and Chance Howard. By popular demand she once again returned to the famous Blue Note clubs in Japan for an extensive tour in October.
In between two American tours and shows in Japan, Candy wowed European festival crowds in 2007 with Candy & Friends. Spectacular concerts featuring her musical friends from around the world, including special guest star Rosie Gaines (of Prince fame). Earlier in 2007 Candy performed with Sheila E. for a European tour with her all-female band C.O.E.D.
Candy’s album, Candy Store, was released in the summer of 2007. The fans’ excitement and many rave reviews propelled the album to Number Two on the Billboard Jazz Contemporary Chart. In November, Candy once again hit Number One on the R&R Smooth Jazz Chart in the USA, with the single “L.A. Citylights.”
Another long-time dream came true for Candy in 2007, with the start of her own television show “Candy Meets” on Dutch primetime television - a series of six personal documentaries in which Candy visited some of her musical friends and heroes on location to discuss their careers and love for music. Guests included Dave Stewart, Maceo Parker, Mavis Staples, Sheila E. and her own father, Hans Dulfer. The show concluded with a rare interview and impromptu performance with Van Morrison.
In 2008 she was awarded the Golden Harp for her outstanding contributions to music in the Netherlands. Due to popular demand she once again toured the USA and Japan, and also performed all over Europe and visited South Africa for the first time for a show at the famous Cape Town Jazz Festival. In between tours she is a regular co-host of the popular Dutch prime time television talk show, “De Wereld Draait Door.”
In September she joined superstar Lionel Richie on stage for four nights at the “Symphonica in Rosso” spectacle at the Gelredome Stadium in Arnhem, The Netherlands.
She finished 2008 with a special New Year’s Eve performance in front of the Royal Palace in Amsterdam, where she and her band joined some of the greatest Dutch artists for a celebration of the New Year - attended by over 30,000 people.
Funked Up & Chilled Out was released worldwide in 2009. To promote it she traveled around the world, together with her band, for a string of sold-out shows. For the first time in her career she performed in Moscow. Due to popular demand she returned to Russia in the Fall for more shows. In May she performed an extensive tour of the USA, while she spent the summer months playing the larger stages of the most famous jazz festivals in Europe, such as the North Sea Jazz Festival in Holland, Nisville in Serbia and the Veszprem Jazzfest in Hungary.
After performing a string of shows in early 2010 with Maceo Parker at the Blue Note club in Tokyo, Japan, she returned to the Dutch club stages in March and April 2010 for a tour with her band. During the summer she performed shows in Korea, Denmark and Tunisia for the first time in her career, while also returning to Russia and Japan for more shows.
She finished 2010 with a five-week tour across the USA as a special guest of fellow saxophonist Dave Koz for his renowned Smooth Jazz Christmas Tour, and kicked off 2011 with shows during the Smooth Jazz Cruise in the Caribbean.
Candy pushes the whole musical experience to the edge once again on her new recording, Crazy (2011). The thirteen-song set includes numerous tracks co-written and produced by multi-instrumentalist Printz Board whose mile-long list of credits includes musical director for the Black Eyed Peas for more than a decade, as well as work with a broad range of artists - Macy Gray, Mariah Carey, Sergio Mendes Gomez, Katy Perry, Burt Bacharach and dozens more.
When saxophonist Candy Dulfer steps onto the stage or into the studio, everything is immediately up for grabs and anything can happen. This sexy, high-energy vibe seemingly out-of-control, yet always carefully calculated is a direct result of her consistently hot and sweet confection of jazz, funk, R&B, soul, pop, techno and more. It’s a no-holds-barred recipe that has served her and her worldwide fan base well since her earliest recordings at the start of the 1990s.