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Every so often, a new singer emerges who is 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 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 debut, Soul Eyes, Springs mimics none of them. Instead, Springs allows her comely alto to become a conduit touching upon soul, jazz, and pop while transforming those influences into a personalized sound that reveals itself effortlessly.

Springs’s journey in discovering her uniqueness did not happen overnight. In fact, her 2014 self-titled EP had a decidedly contemporary R&B/hip-hop bent. The EP was incredibly well received and led to 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 Fest and Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival. Also during this period, Springs attracted the attention of Prince, who heard her makeover of Sam Smith’s “Stay with Me.” The music icon invited her to perform with him at Paisley Park for the thirtieth anniversary of his Purple Rain album.

“A winning fusion of jazz and soul . . . alluring alto and innovative piano arrangements.”—Billboard

“Excitable personality and musical chops and instincts beyond her years.”—Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
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