In Kentucky, 121 women per 100, 000 were diagnosed for breast cancer. Each day, someone knows of someone dear to them that has become a “statistic”. However, they should not be considered a statistic – they should be considered a Pink Warrior. They are a part of an “elite” group of survivors and fighters for a cure. One of the people leading the effort to fight for a cure is country singer Candy Coburn. She hails from the western Kentucky town of Murray.
Candy Coburn has teamed up with the Susan G. Komen for a Cure as an Ambassador. She, along with 3 other songwriters, wrote a strong anthem, “Pink Warrior” to raise awareness to those that are dealing with the cancer, as a patient, friend, and family member. 100% of the Artist & Producer proceeds from the sale of the song on I-tunes, as well as cd sales, go towards the Susan G. Komen Foundation.
Not only does Coburn have the craft of writing songs, she has the craft of designing jeans. Fans can order three different styles of jean design that Candy individualizes. 10% of the proceeds of the Pink Warrior Jeans go to benefit the Susan G. Komen for a Cure.
Recently, Candy performed for a crowd of over 10, 000 at the Kentucky State Fair. Prior to the show, representatives from the Louisville Chapter of the Susan G. Komen for the Cure were on hand. They presented Coburn a personalized pink Louisville Slugger bat. Needless to say, Coburn was surprised and said she was honored to have it. She exclaimed “It even has my name!” upon looking at it. Also on hand was WAMZ Radio DJ, Mel, who is a breast cancer survivor, with her husband and their cute dog who was dressed in pink for the occasion.
Coburn was indeed a spitfire right off the bat with her energetic performance Tuesday night. The enthusiastic Kentucky girl was good to be back home on the same stage she was a year ago opening for Josh Turner. Whether it was singing “This Ain’t No Rodeo” to “Big Dreams in a Small Town”, Coburn showcased her songwriting abilities.
Prior to introducing “Pink Warrior,” Coburn showcased the Louisville Slugger that was presented to her. There was not a dry eye in the audience as she sang the triumph tune to finding a cure. The emotional anthem will serve as the theme song for the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure this fall.
Coburn finished the show strong with a musical journey with Janis Joplin’s “Me & Bobby McGee”, Kansas “Wayward Son,” and bringing out the bullhorn with Ram Jam’s “Black Betty” with the crowd up on its feet cheering and dancing.
Coburn has recently recorded a new CD with Joe Scaife, who has produced Montgomery Gentry & Gretchen Wilson. It will be released late in 2009.
Jessica Blankenship is the owner and founder of Kentucky Country Music website. The Berea College graduate has been a music journalist and historian for over 20 years. She enjoys providing concert photography, reviews, historical articles, red carpet event coverage, and exclusive interviews of your favorite musicians. Jessica is proud to be a Kentucky Colonel and alumni of the FFA and 4-H Clubs. In 2018, she was named one of Laurel County’s Ten Under 40 Award Recipients. In 2019, she was a member of the Inaugural class of BRIGHT Kentucky as part of Leadership Kentucky. She has been featured on the Kentucky Music Preview podcast, Overtones radio show, WFKY Nashville News Roundup, KET, and more. Beyond music, she enjoys traveling, helping her community, collecting gnomes, and Volkswagens.