PlymouthRock.org is the brainchild of local author, musician, and record producer Candido Bretto, and all of the songs featured on the website were written by Mr. Bretto. Candido was born in Boston, MA, and is of Cape Verdean descent. He is the proud father of the amazingly talented violin maker Marcus Bretto. He majored in arranging, composition, and songwriting at Berklee College of Music in Boston and performed in Berklee’s first-ever jazz chorus. He’s taught music at Woodward School for Girls in Quincy and Bay Farm Montessori Academy in Duxbury. Candido performs regularly with the wedding and events band Brandy.
Candido Bretto is also a published author. His children’s book, The Falling Star Repairman, is published by Briley & Baxter Publications, LLC of Plymouth, MA, and is available on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Walmart.com, Target.com, and many other online bookstores.
The Candyman has shared the stage with such Grammy-winning artists as Brad Paisley, Maurice Starr producer of the New Kids on the Block and The New Edition, Sib Hashian, Barry Goudreau of the rock band Boston, and Kenny Loggins.
Locally Mr. Bretto has performed at the Massachusetts Republican Convention. Governor Charlie Baker, former Boston mayors Marty Walsh, and Tom Mennino, Big Papi, Bobby Orr and Mark Wahlberg have all heard the Candyman play. Boston Police Foundation, Boston Harborfest, Figawi Charity Ball, Boston Children’s Hospital Fundraiser, the Max Warburg Courage Curriculum, Tolman MDA Telethon, Quincy Police DARE, Hingham Firefighters, and the Boys and Girls Club of Dorchester.
The Candyman is the bass guitarist and singer with Johnny Drama and his Funky Entourage from A&E’s reality show Wahlburgers. The show’s co-star, Johnny “Drama” Alves, a Plymouth, MA native, graciously offered his private studio for recording the album. Candido has even sung on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno stage as part of pre-show entertainment.
Performing at Campiello’s, Naples, FL, for the Naples Winter Wine Festival with “Link Montana and the Rough Riders”
Lou Cataldo – Drums, Michael Goods – keyboardist for Grammy winner Aaron Neville, Bruce Maclean – Guitar, and Candido Bretto – Bass.
At the world-renowned D’Amico’s The Continental in Naples, FL, with guest singer Trez Gregory, formerly with Grammy-winning country artist Brooks and Dunn.