I find it weird to not eat Chinese in the bathroom…

Before being in a serious relationship I would order Chinese food and get a bottle of cheap red wine and eat it in the bath tub. That’s also the place I would practice vocals and listen to my favorite songs!…

I later found out it wasn’t meant to go there…

My mom likes to go to Walmart in yoga pants and high heels. Although she is the most glamorous person I know, she does the most fashion “No-Nos!” She and my step mom taught me every fashion do and don't; inspiring me to have a classy, sexy and fun style that shows my personality. I’m kind of a cross between Dita Von Tess, Bridget Bardot and Cyndi Lauper. When learning how to use make up as a child, I loved lining my eyebrows with lipstick. I later found out it wasn’t meant to go there, but I loved the having bright pink eyebrows! I hope you can see who I am at first glance – that I’m creative, fun, & spontaneous artist.

Candida Mia Sylvania is my full real name…

I introduce myself by telling people what my name means. It’s a guaranteed ice breaker. Candida is a yeast infection, Mia means “my” and Sylvania means “forest”.
Enough said. There’s no joke I haven’t heard. What do you even do with a name like this? It’s really all a nod to my Italian heritage. By all accounts, we’re loud, opinionated, and love to eat. I can eat a whole pound of pasta in one sitting. Luckily, I like to work out, too. Family time for us is eating, singing, loving and laughing.

Mother Teresa and Sophia Loren…

Mother Teresa had the poem "Do it Anyway" engraved on her wall. These are words to live by. Make choices to honor yourself and your values by your actions, regardless of the opinions of others. I suggest everyone to read it!

I love just love Sophia Loren because she is a true Italian beauty.

"Nothing makes a woman more beautiful than the belief that she is beautiful." -Sophia Loren

This Italian woman has always been true to who she is. Being true to yourself can sometimes be a struggle in this world. She has always been a reminder to me of the woman I want to be! Someone who is intune with their heritage, embraces their inner & outer beauty, as well as not caring what others think. At the end of the day you have to look in the mirror and see what makes you beautiful.
Because every man and woman is.

An old biker with a raspy voice…

My step dad, Chuck, is an old biker with a raspy voice. He is my inspiration in this life. His home is filled with machines and hoses. He has less than 25% of his lungs left, and uses a walker and oxygen tanks to get around. He has all odds against him, but finds the BEST in everything and will always figure out anyway to make you laugh. He is my biggest fan and fully supports my hopes and dreams. Like any daughter, I hope to make him proud of me.

My father, Vince, has been the biggest influence on my singing. We use to listen to all types of music together! As a child I would sit in the car next to Daddy and sing along to every Motown song that came on the radio! He would teach me about soul and the meanings of the lyrics these voices would convey. If it wasn't for him I would have no purpose in singing. He and my grandfather taught me at a young age - do everything for God.

Billy Joel or Diana Ross…

I would only get star struck if I met (them). When I hear the name Billy Joel all I can picture is my stepmom rocking out to "Big Shot"! His voice and piano just pull you in. Even when he is just playing piano I can hear the piano sing every word and every phrase with such passion.
Diana Ross is not only a diva and the Queen of Motown, but my muse! She is why I sing.