Who could’ve imagined that 400 years after the Arrival of the Pilgrims, a descendent of African slaves from Senegal would compose the music Plymouthians and Americans alike will sing in celebration of that Historic event.
Candido Bretto grew up swimming in the ocean waters off beautiful Scituate, Marshfield and Duxbury, Massachusetts and much like the main character of the story Plymouth Rock has a great affinity for the Sights and Sounds of the Sea. Candido has taught music at Woodward School for Girls Quincy and Bay Farm Montessori Academy in Duxbury.
Recently he performed at the Massachusetts Republican Convention at Agganis Arena, Governor Charlie Baker, former Boston Mayor Thomas Mennino, Mayor Marty Walsh, former Red Sox slugger Big Papi, former Boston Bruin Bobby Orr, actor Mark Wahlberg, the Boys and Girls Club of Dorchester.
He’s performed at Boston Harborfest twice, Figawi Cape Cod’s biggest fundraiser twice, the Boston Police Foundation, Boston Children’s Hospital Fundraiser, the Max Warburg Courage Curriculum, Tolman MDA Telethon, Quincy Police DARE, Hingham Firefighters, A&E’s Wahlburgers TV show, and has sung on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno stage as part of pre-show entertainment.
Candido has shared the stage with Grammy winning artists such as Brad Paisley (at the Barker Tavern Scituate), Maurice Starr Producer of the New Kids on the Block, Sib Hashian and Barry Goudreau of the rock band Boston and Grammy winner Kenny Loggins.
Candido was a semifinalist in the WILD Boston Polygram Records Budweiser Showdown Contest, and a finalist in the Bernie and Phyls Video Contest.
Candido has been a singer/bass guitarist in the Boston wedding and events industry for many years. He performs regularly with First Class Band and Concetta. Concetta Candido’s sister is best known for her Ernie Boch Jr commercials. Candido also performs and records with Johnny “Drama” Alves of A&E’s Wahlburgers reality show in Drama’s funk band called Johnny Drama and His Funky Entourage.
“I read the book and loved it so much I was inspired to write 12 great songs. It’s Plymouth Rock’s story, told by The Rock. What could be more fun?” Being the Rock of course!