Rising-star To Release Debut Album Soul Eyes In July

Every so often a new singer emerges who’s able to assimilate multiple musical touchstones and still come off sounding remarkably fresh and unburdened by the past. Kandace Springs is one of those artists. The 27-year-old, Nashville-based singer, songwriter and pianist counts such stylists as Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Nina Simone, Roberta Flack and Norah Jones as her heroes, but as evidenced by her sparkling full-length Blue Note Records debut, Soul Eyes, mimics none of them.

Instead Springs allows her comely alto to become a conduit that touches upon soul, jazz and pop while transforming those aforementioned influences into a personalized sound that reveals itself effortlessly. “The artists who have inspired me the most all sang so naturally,” Springs says. “That helped me find my own sound.”

Springs’ journey to discovering her uniqueness didn’t happen overnight. In fact, her 2014 self-titled debut EP had a decidedly contemporary R&B/hip-hop bent with production by Pop & Oak (Rihanna, Nicki Minaj, Miguel). The EP was incredibly well-received and led to US TV performances on Late Show With David Letterman, Jimmy Kimmel Live and The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, as well as appearances at the Afropunk and Bonnaroo festivals.

As amazing an experience as that was, as Springs got ready to record her album she couldn’t shake the feeling that she wasn’t yet singing her true self. Conversations with her longtime producers Carl Sturken and Evan Rogers led to soul searching and rethinking her musical direction. Eventually Springs returned to a more spacious, organic sound that channels her earlier jazz influences as well as her Nashville upbringing.

Also during this period, Springs attracted the attention of Prince, who heard her makeover of Sam Smith’s “Stay With Me” and invited her to perform with him at Paisley Park for the 30th anniversary of Purple Rain. “He encouraged me a lot before I recorded this new record, especially during the time in which I was trying to figure out my sound,” Springs says. “He told me that I needed to do what comes naturally to me. He was absolutely right.”

Now as Springs continues to develop as singer and songwriter in her own right, she’ll surely win over many other hearts. “I would like to be known as one of the younger people that are keeping jazz and soul alive and vibrant, “she says. “I love the realness of jazz and soul.”


Gregory Porter (supported by Kandace Springs) - UK Tour 2016:

Tuesday 5th April | Cliffs Pavilion, Westcliff-on-sea


Wednesday 6th April | Colston Hall, Bristol


Friday 8th April | The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester


Saturday 9th April | Sheffield City Hall, Sheffield


Sunday 10th April | Edinburgh Festival Theatre, Edinburgh


Monday 11th April | His Majesty's Theatre, Aberdeen


Tuesday 12th April | Perth Concert Hall, Perth


Thursday 14th April | Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow


Friday 15th April | The Sage Gateshead, Gateshead


Saturday 16th April | De Montfort Hall, Leicester


Saturday 16th April | Gregory Porter with Lulu, The Lighthouse (Poole Arts Centre), Poole


Sunday 17th April | Liverpool Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool


Tuesday 19th April | Brighton Dome, Brighton


Wednesday 20th April | St David's Hall, Cardiff


Thursday 21st April | The Lighthouse (Poole Arts Centre), Poole


Friday 22nd April | Plymouth Pavilions, Plymouth


Sunday 24th April | Symphony Hall, Birmingham


Thursday 28th April | Eventim Apollo, London

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