Queens of Candi

Mckenna Selissen

Rarely do people expect the powerful and soulful voice that emerges when she performs. With her degree in music therapy. She works with a program for individuals with developmental disabilities and has witnessed firsthand the healing powers of music. 

Mayyadda Major

A singer-songwriter hailing from Minneapolis who aspires to use her music to make people slow down, find themselves in a story, and feel hopeful. With an eclectic mix of neo-soul vocals, folksy guitar, pop-style piano with the occasional trap beat sprinkled in for flavor, classifing her genre as, “BlackGirlMagic.” She has been active as a recording artist since 2015. Most recently, Holding Space, released in 2018.

Ailea Jones

Born and raised in Minneapolis, and graduated from Perpich Center for Arts Education. Now she performs throughout the twin cities with Candi and her sister Dahlia Jones as a duo. Primarily singing R&B and Soul, she loves to sing a large variety of music of different genres. Hopes to continue performing and grow in skill.

Kings of Candi

Keston Wright

Growing up in a low income area of Saint Paul, he used music to travel to new deminsions. With the support of his mother, he seeked to expand his knowledge and passion for music. Involving himself with musical theatre, multiple bands by the age of 15, as well as attending SPCPA and Perpich Center for Arts Education. Keston started gaining the Knowledge he needed to excel in the career he dreamed. He now plays with Static Panic, currently in the top five best bands of Minnesota. A fill in for the Prince band New Power Generation, and backing a multitude of bands based in the Twin Cities area.

Nii "Niibox" Mensah

A composer, solo instrumentalist, beatboxer, emcee and dancer. With 30 years of music performance, arts education, and public speaking experience. Nii provides a unique balance between the arts and business with 12 years of experience in capital management, asset & liability management, portfolio management, corporate risk management and financial planning and analysis. Working in diverse financial and marketing related disciplines for organizations as Wells Fargo & Co., Royal Bank of Canada, Piper Jaffray, the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, and Augsburg College.

Jackson Hurst

Always had a strong love for music and the arts, intently following in his parent’s footsteps. Raised in the smoothest pockets of Minnesota. At the age of 12 Jackson began writing lyrics and recording; to date he has written and recorded lyrics to an underground track Keep Steppin’ and He’s So Good with his dad, David Hurst (member of the Sounds of Blackness and leading role of Santa Claus in the Night Before Christmas In Ghetto Land) and uncle Michael Dixon (AKA Reign-Jah who has performed in short films and local projects). Jackson had an opportunity to perform live singing and dancing for the legendary Smokey Robinson when he launched his Food Brand in Minnesota with SUPERVALU 2008.

Mitchell Johnson

A songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, educator, and animal rights activist living in Minneapolis. His experience stretches far with nine released projects with various bands, and two solo records through Burger Records and Fastcut Records. He has toured England and the US playing with some of the greatest like Three Dog Night, Little Richard, De La Soul, The Crickets, Everclear, The Shirelles, Jeremy Messersmith, and The Jayhawks. He currently teaches guitar and songwriting at Southwest High School under the alias "Mr. Johnson."

Traiveon and Candi

REEL Smoovv ~ Groovy In A Hooptie (ft. Traiveon and Candi)