Performing since seven, the bandleader of Funky Stuff since she was fourteen, an international recording artist at nineteen, and touring the world since she was twenty, Candy Dulfer rose to international acclaim on the strength of her funky alto sax stylings which quickly caught on with fans of contemporary jazz. Former Prince protege and saxophone chanteuse, Candy Dulfer is arguably the most sought after touring sax players in the world, having worked with everyone from Prince, Madonna, Dave Stewart (Eurythmics), Van Morrison, Lionel Richie, Beyonc, Pink Floyd, Chaka Khan, David Sanborn, Larry Graham, Marcus Miller, Aretha Franklin, and Jimmy Cliff, to Dave Stewart to Van Morrison and Blondie.
Candy Dulfer (born 19 September 1969) is a Dutch smooth jazz alto saxophonist who began playing at the age of six. She founded her band, Funky Stuff, when she was fourteen years old. Her debut album Saxuality (1990) received a Grammy Award nomination. Dulfer has released nine studio albums, two live albums, and one compilation album. She has performed and recorded songs with musicians including her father Hans Dulfer, Prince, Dave Stewart, Van Morrison, and Maceo Parker, and has performed live with the Alan Parsons Project and Pink Floyd. She hosts the Dutch television series Candy meets... (2007), in which she interviews fellow musicians.
Candy Dulfer was born on 19 September 1969 in Amsterdam in the Netherlands, as the daughter of saxophonist Hans Dulfer. She began playing the drums at the age of five. As a six-year-old she started to play the soprano saxophone. At the age of seven she switched to alto saxophone and later began playing in a local concert band Jeugd Doet Leven (English translation: "Youth Brings Life") in Zuiderwoude.
Dulfer played her first solo on stage with her father's band De Perikels ("The Perils"). At the age of eleven, she made her first recordings for the album I Didn't Ask (1981) of De Perikels. In 1982, when she was twelve years old, she played as a member of Rosa King's Ladies Horn section at the North Sea Jazz Festival. According to Dulfer, King encouraged her to become a band leader herself. In 1984, at the age of fourteen, Dulfer started her own band Funky Stuff.