I was intrigued when Candi Carpenter, who has one of the strongest voices in country music, announced that she, along with British rocker, Josh Doyle, were forming a new conceptual collective duet called the Church of Roswell.
I interviewed Candy Carpenter last year right before she performed for Dolly’s 50 Year Opry Celebration. Doyle and his pop/punk band, the Dum Dums, were a recognizable force in the early 2000s when they toured England extensively. They sat down with me recently and helped me connect the dots concerning their newest endeavor.
Even though “Brother Doyle” is a bit older than “Sister Candi”, they met a few years back when they shared the same management company. They began the Church of Roswell with producers Peter Shurkin and Alden Witt as a side project for the sync world in hopes that their new music might be a part of a movie or TV show.
What they found was they enjoyed working together and that there was a freedom in writing and creating together instead of worrying about their individual careers. Sister Candi describes, “It was low stakes which allowed us to take bigger chances and ultimately resulted in something even more successful than I’ve ever experienced.”
Although their debut single, “The Witcher” has more of a rock vibe, the song is being played on the Folk and Americana channels/playlists. Brother Doyle explains, “Because the Americana people have heard the rest of the songs [on the upcoming] EP, overall it is more Americana, but this one definitely has more of a Led Zeppelin vibe.”
The EP is forthcoming but still not released. Brother Doyle elucidates, “We don’t know if it will be an EP or a whole album because we keep writing songs. Eventually, we will have an album.”
The next single title “Rocketeer” will be released November 15 into the Singing Group charts which is a chart that was created by the Church of Roswell. “We are currently number one on the Singing Group chart which is very exciting for our band,” Sister Candi exclaimed.
Doyle is a brilliant songwriter and the song “Rocketeer” was written with Carpenter four years prior to them becoming a band. States Sister Candi, “We had written this fantastic song I thought, what are we going to do with this recording? It has to see th light of day. Our voices really had a magical blend back then even on the demo.”
In additional to Carpenter’s soaring vocals and Doyle’s admirable voice and guitar, “The Witcher” features Peter Levin (piano) as well as members of Jason Isbell’s acclaimed band, The 400 Unit: Derry de Borja (Hammond B3 organ), Chad Gamble (drums, percussion), Jimbo Hart (bass) and Sadler Vaden (electric guitar).
I wanted to know how it was to release a new song by a new group in the middle of a pandemic. Brother Doyle advised, “We decided the best way to be able to deal with not touring and singing live was to have television programs. We started doing little shows and now we’ve made a real one, (Leg Day). It’s a good way for fans to see what we’re like.”
The tongue ‘n cheek episodes channel back to the days of Tammy Faye and Jim Bakker. They would hear “little beams of music come down” and assimilated that. They decided that was the best way to reach people.
Sister Candi agrees, “We’ve learned a lot about how people consume entertainment on earth.”
Country Note Magazine says, “Sister Candi and Brother Doyle welcome the world to the Church of Roswell by sharing messages of unity and deliverance through the power of tight harmonies and blazing electric guitar. Through their music, experience the transformative power of knowing we aren’t alone in the infinite universe as long as we have each other.”
Doyle likens their talent to the group Fleetwood Mac. They had individuals who could do their own thing, but then they had band songs featuring different members with great harmonies. “It gives you a lot more variety” in what can be played and heard.
With streaming being the norm and genres becoming obsolete, music can stand alone without all the hoopla. Says Brother Doyle, “It doesn’t matter what you look like anymore. You don’t have to be 25 and young.” Now the “more experienced” artists can have the same success as the teen idols.
Because Carpenter and Doyle have completely different backgrounds, they can make music that is fun, unique, eclectic, and completely out of this world.
Church of Roswell will release their debut EP early next year. Be sure to follow them on social media as additional details will be announced soon.