Prince once said that Kandace Springs “has a voice that could melt snow.” The music legend heard Springs’ cover of Sam Smith’s “Stay With Me” online in 2014 and invited her to perform with him at Paisley Park for the 30th anniversary of Purple Rain, becoming a mentor to the young singer and pianist.
That alone should be enough to pique your interest in what this incredible musician has to offer in her latest album, The Women Who Raised Me.
Discogs was fortunate enough to catch up with the singer/songwriter while she passed through Portland on her most recent headlining club tour. We popped into Mississippi Records for a quick dig and conversation.
“Kandace Springs daringly dropped soul and R&B for jazz…a collection of songs made famous by other singers, from Ella Fitzgerald to Sade. There are also star guests galore, including Norah Jones, who pops in for a duet on Angel Eyes. Yet with her mature musical personality, impeccable taste, and talent, Springs makes each piece her own.”
Kandace draws much of her musical inspiration from her father, Scat Springs, a respected session singer in Nashville as well as her grandfather, Kenny Springs, making her musical lineage something quite special. Speaking with Interview Magazine, Springs spoke of her upbringing:
“He always pushed me to play piano, then eventually pushed me to start singing, and this has been a goal ever since I heard Norah Jones’ record, particularly the first one [Come Away With Me, 2002]. The last song on the record is “The Nearness of You” and that song really inspired me to learn to play piano, sing, and become a female artist known for a soulful jazzy kind of background.”
Having foundations based around so much incredible talent in the industry, it’s no wonder Springs’ latest work pays huge homage to the female vocalists who most impacted Springs’ music, stylings, and journey.
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