Candice Rickelle Glover (born November 22, 1989) is an American R&B singer and actress who won the twelfth season of American Idol. Glover is the first female winner of the show since Jordin Sparks won in 2007, the fourth African-American winner in American Idol history and the first winner to have auditioned three times before being cast for the live shows. Her debut album Music Speaks was released on February 18, 2014.
Glover was born in Beaufort, South Carolina, to John and Carole Glover. She is the oldest of seven children. She graduated from Beaufort High School in 2008. Before Idol, Candice was insecure and struggled with her weight. In an interview, she said she had to have counseling at school because of her insecurity issues