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Tumbler and Tipsy

WHAT:

Michael Kuluva And Tumbler And Tipsy Debuted Its 2019 Spring / Summer Collection With Celebrities, Influencers And Royal Family Members As Noticeable Models

WHEN:

Tuesday, September 11th 2018

WHO:

Michael Kuluva, Amanda Lepore, Olympian Mirai Nagasu, Sumer Rayne, Portuguese entrepreneur Betty Grafstein, Gustavo Rocha, Tulio Rocha, Alex Mapeli, Savannah Kennick (“Arrested Development”), Xuitcasecity (Recording Artists), Jose Castelo Branco, Skye Tunes, Broderick Hunter, D’Andra Simmons (“The Real Housewives of Dallas”) Jennifer Lynn DeCllis (Miss New Jersey) and more.

Last week in New York, Michael Kuluva, international designer and creator of the Tumbler and Tipsy fashion line, displayed for many, his new 2019 Spring / Summer collection with a full runway show at Style360 New York Fashion Week. Returning this year for his 8th consecutive year, Michael’s collection was one that incorporated both inspiration from street artists and the colorful and exciting motif that has always been true to the Tumbler and Tipsy brand.

Michael displayed his collection to a full house with the assistance of close celebrity friends and associates including musical act Xuitcasecity, transgender icon and international model Amanda Lepore, Mirai Nagasu (Olympian Figure Skater and US Figure Staking Champion), Dalilah Muhammad (2016 Olympic Gold Medalist) as well as international Brazilian influencers Alex Mapeli, Gustavo Rocha and Tulio Rocha (14 Million followers on Instagram combined).

Celebrity guests who were in attendance include Savannah Kennick (“Arrested Development”) Skye Tunes, Broderick Hunter, D’Andra Simmons (“The Real Housewives of Dallas”) Jennifer Lynn DeCllis (Miss New Jersey) and more.

In addition to the street style collaborations, Michael Kuluva designed a special line with CLIQ Jewelry. n 2016 and in collaboration with CreakyJoints®, the digital, patient-driven arthritis community, Michael spoke out about his experience with Rheumatoid Arthritis and has now prepared a special accessory line for Tumbler and Tipsy consisting of jewelry with CLIQ technology. CLIQ Jewelry, a Philadelphia-based jewelry manufacturer, understands that traditional rings must be large enough to pass over the knuckle, causing them to twist, turn and slip off. Their CLIQ technology allows rings to open and close around the base of the finger to fit perfectly and comfortably.

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About Tumbler and Tipsy

Anchored by the creative mind and brilliant talents of professional figure skater and fashion designer, Michael Kuluva of Tumbler and Tipsy is not only reworking, redefining and revamping the world of fashion, but is taking it over by storm one sequin at a time. This sexy yet stylish brand, which is produced in Los Angeles, CA, is a colorful collection that is distinctive but never repetitive, chic and classy while being comfortable and versatile. Tumbler and Tipsy is not just a line of clothing, it’s a collection of art, it’s an embodiment of chic fashion in the modern world, and it’s a representation of a lifestyle: fun, bold, luxurious and daring.

Video: FXXXXY x Gunna x “Need U”

FXXXXY RELEASES VIDEO FOR “NEED U” FEATURING GUNNA.

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Photo Credit: Chris Paul Thompson, courtesy of Interscope Records

Los Angeles, CA – Hip Hop artist and producer FXXXXY (Rule #1/ Interscope Records) has just released the video for his latest single, “NEED U” featuring Gunna. Based on a true turn of events, the video follows the artist as he is forced to accept the tough reality of his rocky relationship. Throughout the video, FXXXXY, pronounced “Foxy,” pleads with his woman through the song’s refrain, “don’t say what you don’t mean.” The visual weaves together the couple’s plight until we ultimately learn what breaks them. Watch the video HERE.

Known for his memorable hooks and keen sense of production, FXXXXY has continued to prove that his rising star has staying power. With two EPs under his belt, Cartel Shawty and Flawed Up Shawty, the Dallas native has gained popularity through singles, “Lip Service 6” and the Zane Lowe-premiered “Beep Beep.” FXXXXY recently joined Travis Mills Beats 1 Radio to discuss his music and journey.

FXXXXY’s “NEED U” eSingle

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EXCHANGE LA

By Vaughn Lowery

Exchange LA [EXLA] is one of Los Angeles’ premier performance venues with an occupancy of 1500 people – it’s architecturally stimulating with a Vegas-style ambience.

Lots of A-list celebrities, top level corporations and Grammy award-winning EDM DJs like Benny Benassi (former 360 cover star) have held celebratory events and/or headlined the space. State-of-the-art sound system alongside of projector screens and pyrotechnics will leave a permanent impression on your cerebral cortex.

‘The Wall’ which sits directly behind the DJ booth is literally loaded with LED clarity.

Unlike many of LA’s emerging venues, Exchange LA offers not only bottle service, but also VIP entry and rooms to savor an intimate night with close friends inside this four story venue. For just approximately a $100 (prices vary every weekend depending on the artist and show) – you’ll receive 3 drink tickets, unlimited non alcoholic beverages with balcony access.

Situated at 618 S. Spring in downtown Los Angeles, this will continue to be one of LA’s best nightlife experiences with an attractive diverse 21+ crowd that’s dressed to impress.

*Formerly the LA Stock Exchange.

For additional information visit ExchangeLA.com

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Nine Inch Nails

COLD AND BLACK AND INFINITE NORTH AMERICA 2018.

NEW DATES ADDED DUE TO POPULAR DEMAND.

November 30th and December 1st at The Joint Las Vegas On Sale This Week.

Due to popular demand, Nine Inch Nails have extended their fall tour with the addition of two shows at The Joint in Las Vegas. Tickets for the November 30 and December 1 concerts go on sale 9/20 at 10AM PT. The Jesus and Mary Chain will provide direct support and HMLTD will open.

Nine Inch Nails came out swinging at the COLD AND BLACK AND INFINITE NORTH AMERICA 2018 tour opener in Phoenix, ripping through 1992’s Broken EP in its entirety to begin the show, before diving into deep cuts and classics from the band’s vast catalog. Performances of songs from 2018’s Bad Witch and last year’s Add Violence showcased the unrivaled live acts dynamic range. The surprises in the setlist left expectant fans, many of whom earned the best seats in the house by spending hours in massive lines at the Physical World presale events, wondering what they have to look forward to as the tour barrels through their town.

COLD AND BLACK AND INFINITE NORTH AMERICA 2018 includes sold out, multiple night stand in marquee venues, with six dates at the Palladium in Los Angeles, two nights at Red Rocks, three at Chicago’s Aragon Ballroom, and two at NYC’s Radio City Music Hall. New Orleans, Detroit and more. See below for itinerary. Visit www.nin.com for ticket information. Additional opening acts along the tour route include Kite Base, Daniel Avery, Gabe Gurnsey, (Factory Floor), Death in Vegas, HMLTD and Soft Moon.

The tour comes on the heels of the release of “Bad Witch,”the final volume in a trilogy of releases that NME praised as Nine Inch Nails best release in a decade. The Atlantic noted, “Bad Witch” is enveloping and relentless: satisfyingly terse, built with an ear for energizing rhythm, and as adventuresome as anything Reznor has done. Pitchfork said, “Like his greatest albums, it works best as a whole, played loudly on headphones in a dark room.” The Hollywood Reporter hailed the recent collection of releases as Reznor’s version of David Bowie’s Berlin Trilogy.

Petersen Automotive Museum

The Kenford Truck by Von Dutch

On Saturday, September 29, 2018, the Petersen Automotive Museum will debut the first in a series of “California-themed” exhibititions to kick off its 25th anniversary in 2019. Titled “Auto-Didactic: The Juxtapoz School,” the display will examine a mix of art pieces and automobiles from the artists of “Juxtapoz Magazine,” who have helped redefine the role and imagery of automobiles in contemporary art.

Replacing “The High Art of Riding Low: Ranflas, Corazón e Inspiración” exhibit in the Armand Hammer Foundation Gallery, “Auto-Didactic” will feature more than 50 artists. Artists on display will include skateboarder, designer and OBEY Clothing Founder Shepard Fairey; famous pinstriper of the “Kustom Kulture” movement Von Dutch; and painter, cartoonist and “Juxtapoz Magazine” founder himself Robert Williams.

In addition to the selection of art pieces, the exhibition will highlight notable art cars including the 1932 Ford Roadster named “Prickly Heat” by Robert Williams, “The Orbiton” by Ed “Big Daddy” Roth, “The Kenford Truck” by Von Dutch and the 1959 Cadillac titled “The New and Improved Ultima Suprema Deluxa” by Kenny Scharf.

“Our new exhibit will be unlike any other exhibit we’ve ever curated at the Petersen during the last 25 years,” said Petersen Executive Director Terry L. Karges. “While the focus is still on the automobile, the range of artwork on display will appeal to both car enthusiasts as well as the progressive art connoisseur.”

Launched with the mission of connecting subculture genres such as psychedelic posters, hot rod art, street art and illustration with traditional “highbrow” mediums, “Juxtapoz Magazine” was founded in 1994. Since its inception, the magazine has continuously addressed themes deemed “unsavory” by staunch art critics. It was not until the Laguna Art Museum’s presented its “Kustom Kulture” exhibition in 1993 that the relative interests of underground artists and collectors were presented as a unified group, paving the way for the creation of the magazine.
Preceding the public opening, the Petersen will host a preview reception featuring opening remarks, music and food by Drago on Thursday, September 27, 2018. The VIP ticket includes early access to the exhibit and a copy of the exhibit book. To purchase tickets or learn more about the Petersen Automotive Museum, please visit www.Petersen.org.

Prickly Heat by Robert Williams

Robert Williams; Hot Rod Race, 1976; Acrylic on Board; Collection of Gwynned Vitello

The Petersen Automotive Museum Foundation is a non-profit 501(c)(3) charity. The Museum is located at 6060 Wilshire Boulevard (at Fairfax) in Los Angeles, California, 90036. Admission prices are $16 for general admission adults, $13 for seniors and students with ID, $8 for children ages 3 to 12. Active military with ID, personal care attendants and children under three are admitted free. Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For general information, call 323-930-CARS or visit www.Petersen.org.

Rising Latin Star Melissa Sandoval

By Krishan Narsinghani

You may have heard of Melissa Sandoval back in 2015 when Vine was at its peak. Melissa was one of the initial Vine pioneers to reach nearly 1 million followers within the first year. Melissa achieved her claim to fame by posting song and dance covers that to this day still accumulate millions of views on popular pages across Twitter and Instagram.

Since going viral, the twenty year old has been crafting her own name as a recording artist. In only two years, Melissa has moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in music and has released numerous singles. Her hit single Movin reached 400,000+ Spotify streams and YouTube channel has exceeded 1M+ views. Her most recent single Contigo features the singer’s Latin roots. She is currently in the middle of her first headlining tour.

Melissa has a slew of exciting features and collaborations that she is preparing to drop in addition to Spanish versions of her singles. She plans to take over US radio in 2019 and promote with shows in her home country of Chile. Melissa has also co-founded a creative agency that is growing rapidly for social influencers and marketing campaigns.
The independent music artist is paving a path for herself which is sure to generate buzz in the industry. Make sure to keep an eye on the female mogul as she navigates her way to stardom.

Axwell /\ Ingrosso feat. RØMANS

Axwell /\ Ingrosso have shared the official video for single Dancing Alone” featuring ROMANS today. The video, created by 21-year-old Swedish director Brokenint, can be viewed HERE.

Brokenint sought to mirror the musical fusion of classic House and Trance music in Dancing Alone” through contrasting visual representations in a raw, warehouse rave space and an idyllic, but nostalgic mid 2000’s Ibiza clubbing experience. Axwell /\ Ingrosso whose songs have racked up a cumulative two billion streams worldwide produced the track, which they co-wrote with Roc Nation signed British singer-songwriter ROMANS. Dancing Alone” has accumulated over 30 million global streams across all platforms.

Offering both a nod to the legacy and a glimpse at the future of electronic music, “Dancing Alone fills the void of the noughties rave trance sound as the duo skillfully combines frenetic synths and driving kick drums. Building upon ROMANSemotive vocals in tandem with a catchy hook, the anthemic track effortlessly dives into a euphoric drop while maintaining Axwell /\ Ingrosso’s characteristic energy. Download / stream Dancing Alone HERE or listen on YouTube HERE.

The duo also announces the launch of a new Amazon Alexaskill. Users can ask Alexa questions to hear their favorite Axwell /\ Ingrosso tracks. The Axwell /\ Ingrosso skill is now live in the Amazon store HERE. To start say: “Alexa, Open Axwell Ingrosso Music.”

Next, ask Alexa:

Why is she dancing alone?
Do you love me?
What’s the weather outside?
Where are you?
How are you?
Play me a song to dance to!

Dancing Alone” follows Axwell /\ Ingrosso’s two massive 2017 hits “More Than You Know,” which has been certified multi-Platinum in 16 countries, Gold in four countries and Diamond in two, andDreamer,featuring Trevor Guthrie. The songs are found on the duo’s debut album, More Than You Know. Eight of the album’s 13 tracks have charted in the top 10 of Billboard’s Dance Club Songs chart. Cumulatively, Axwell /\ Ingrosso have sold upwards of 13 million adjusted singles worldwide.

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About Axwell /\ Ingrosso:

Axwell /\ Ingrosso are a Swedish dance music duo who have enjoyed success in electronic music for well over a decade. In addition, they make up two thirds of the legendary Swedish House Mafia. The first Axwell /\ Ingrosso album, More Than You Know, was released in October 2017. To date, it has racked up more than two billion streams and produced eight top ten singles on Billboard’s Dance Club Songs chart. The band consistently headlines festivals around the world.

About Astralwerks:

Established in New York City and now finding its new home in the historic Capitol Records Tower in Los Angeles, Astralwerks was the brainchild of staffers at Caroline Records who saw an opportunity for a label focused on the emerging electronic and ambient scene. Having reached a milestone of 25 years, Astralwerks has quickly become a modern, artist-first label with a true focus on nurturing talent across the electronic genre and beyond. Acting with a scalable, independent and global thinking mentality with the capability to tap into the resources of a major label, has allowed Astralwerks to retain and sign up-and-coming artists such as Illenium, Jonas Blue, Alison Wonderland, EDEN, Sigma and Axwell /\ Ingrosso. As a testament to this pioneering approach, Astralwerks has amassed 30 GRAMMY nominations, taken home six GRAMMY Awards and had historic releases from the likes of The Chemical Brothers, Swedish House Mafia, Halsey, Porter Robinson, Phoenix, Eric Prydz, Fatboy Slim and many more.

Fashion Week x Petersen Auto Museum

How LA Fashion Week & Petersen Automotive Museum’s Cool Lineup of Edgy Shows Are All the Rage

Los Angeles – PRNewswire – LA Fashion Week (LAFW) will be hosting its 2019 Spring/Summer runway presentations October 6th – 10th at the Petersen Auto Museum; one of the world’s premier museums and historical landmarks in Los Angeles. In partnership with LA Weekly, over 20 award-winning designers & artists from around the world will take to the stage to showcase their latest work at LAFW.

Praised for “raising awareness of cultural diversity and creativity in the United States, “the LA Fashion Week Team were recently recognized by the honorable Office of Michelle & Barak Obama.

“LA is experiencing a cultural renaissance and being noticed the world around. We’re excited to be driving force behind its development into the premier hub fashion, art, design, and entertainment,” says Arthur Chipman; Executive Producer At LA Fashion Week.

After kicking off a successful summer pre-show event with designers Escada and Porsche Design at the beautiful Petersen Auto Museum, many have flocked to join the latest season of shows on October 6-10th. With each installment, LAFW is building a stronger network of strategic brands and partnerships aimed at increasing the profile of West Coast Fashion. Like Cross Colours, the iconic 90’s hip-hop inspired brand founded by Carl Jones & TJ Walker who created the baggy jeans are making their official runway comeback. LA pioneer Bohemian Society, by Victor Wilde known for his theatrical shows. RSVisualThing by Radka Salcmanova known for her unhinged model presentations, and Vogue Magazines latest featured label Bomme Studio by designer Bo Matthews. Fabiana Milazzo, a high fashion designer from Brazil known for her beautiful gowns & adored by celebrities like Katie Holmes & Gisele Bundchen will be making her US Runway Debut this October. Also featured country Thailand, joins LAFW again with a cool streetwear contingent with ISSUE THAILAND, Q Design and Play, Iconic Official, & LaLaLove, + Rising Star in Thai inspired jewelry, SARRAN.

With innovative designers, influential guests, and over 2.5 billion digital impressions per season, LAFW is a high-caliber fashion platform. Proclaimed by Mayor Eric Garcetti & California State Senator Ben Allen as the Official Fashion Week for the City of Los Angeles.

New York Reality Shows

New York is an exceptional city and its essence has been immortalized in Michael Montgomery’s iconic song New York, New York. Its unmistakable skyline is recognizable in countless movies and TV shows and has become home to record-setting, rating-grabbling reality TV shows. Just like the hugely successful Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles featured previously on 360 Magazine, the following rank as the top three and most popular of their respective franchises under reality TV shows based in New York.

Say Yes to The Dress

TLC’s famous reality show, which debuted in 2007, revolves around New York’s swanky bridal salon, Kleinfeld, owned by Mara Urshel and Ronald Rothstein. The show follows soon-to-be brides in choosing their dream wedding dress. While accompanied by friends and family, they are waited on by the store’s consultants and fitters. To be featured on the show, future brides must provide countless personal details, including the fiancée’s occupation and information about the upcoming wedding for dramatic purposes.

Due to the success of the show, Kleinfeld has become a tourist hotspot with fans flocking from all over to check out the store and try on dresses despite upcoming marriage plans. In-person, the store appears quite different than on the show, with the small salon packed with 20 or so brides crowding for dresses. With only 90 minutes to choose the perfect dress, brides who aren’t even in front of the camera feel the pressure.

Million Dollar Listing New York

In its seventh season, Bravo’s popular New York real-estate reality TV program features what it truly means to sell high-priced New York City properties. Hosted by New York brokers Fredrik Eklund, Ryan Serhant and Steve Gold, the series has become a massive hit with viewers who live vicariously through the show and dream of owning a high-end New York apartment. With the wide exposure, the show has seen the hosts’ careers fast-tracked immensely. As for Ryan Serhant and Steve Gold, it has brought both fame and fortune.

Serhant was ranked 15th on The Real Deal’s top agents when the show debuted in 2012, and is now listed as number 1 for Manhattan closed deals. With Manhattan apartments getting more expensive each year, broker commissions have also soared. Yoreevo reports that New York commissions have gone up 50% in the last decade despite the increased information transparency. It’s no wonder that the show’s exposure has exponentially benefitted the trio – Steve Gold landing a job with coveted brokerage firm, Corcoran Group.

The Real Housewives of New York

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In what has been described as 10 seasons of catfights, wine swigging, and backstabbing, the Bravo show’s popularity stems from its intentional and unintentional humor. The Real Housewives of New York (RHONY) features 7 female socialites while focusing on their personal and professional lives. Originally a spin-off of The Real Housewives of Orange County, the 13th season premiered July 16. Executive producer, Andy Cohen told Vanity Fair that the show “…is stuff no one could script. It’d be considered too absurd.” This is exactly what the series feels like, absurd, with storylines that often defy belief. Although, it was RHONY’s mercurial cast and over-the-top drama which has propelled the franchise to the grand following it has today.

Kandace Springs

“Prince’s protoge spreads her wings on breathtakingly eclectic second album

An accomplished pianist with a sensuous, smoky voice”

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the soulful pianist and vocalist is self-assured, distinctive and strikingly contemporary.

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Singer and pianist Kandace Springs has released her remarkable second album Indigo (Blue Note), a 13-track LP of originals and choice covers that showcases the full breadth of Kandace’s artistry from smoldering R&B (People Make the World Go Round , 6 8) to gorgeous jazz ballads (Unsophisticated, featuring Roy Hargrove) to the pop songcraft of “Breakdown” and Don’t Need The Real Thing. All but two tracks are produced by drummer/producer Karriem Riggins (Common, Erykah Badu) with additional production by Jamie Hartman (Rag’n’Bone Man), Jimmy Hogarth (Amy Winehouse, Corinne Bailey Rae), Jimmy Harry (Madonna, P!nk), and Evan Rogers and Carl Sturken (Rihanna). Indigo is available on vinyl, CD, download, and streaming services.

For Kandace it boils down to a question that connects past to present: “What would Nina Simone do if she had the technology of today? You could never put Nina in a boxߞshe would do a blues followed a classical piece, a jazz standard and then a Beatles cover. This LP took a lot of inspiration from that it’s a mix of everything that I am.” Indigo offers a fairly plausible answer to that impossible query: songs that swirl classical composition with quiet-storm cool, jazz poise with hip-hop swing, tropical warmth with soulful depth, and earthen groove with airy psych.

Given that diverse palette, Karriem was exactly the right person to work with Kandace to catalyze the best parts of various interests into something new. “I love crossing genres and the direction on Indigo was to marry all the different things to tell her story”, says Karriem, who tracked his drums at various studios while on the road with Diana Krall, and chopped and reassembled his and Kandace’s recordings into what you hear. “It sounds organic because everything was built around the songwriting. She says so much on the piano, and her voice is amazing it’s the focal point of the whole sound.”

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Kandace will embark on a U.S. headline tour beginning September 28 that includes album release shows in Los Angeles (Troubadour, October 1), New York (Sony Hall, October 28), and a hometown Nashville show (City Winery, November 4), followed by performances in Europe and Asia. See below for a full list of tour dates and visit kandacesprings.com for ticket info.

Kandace Springs ߝ Tour Dates:

September 28 Musical Instrument Museum Phoenix, AZ

September 29 Voodoo Room @ House of Blues San Diego, CA

September 30 – The Parish @ House of Blues Anaheim, CA

October 1 The Troubadour Los Angeles, CA

October 2 Swedish American Hall San Francisco, CA

October 4 The Jack London Revue Portland, OR

October 5 Benaroya Hall Seattle, WA

October 7 – Vancouver International Jazz Festival Vancouver, BC

October 24 City Winery Boston, MA

October 25 Daryl’s House Club Pawling, NY

October 27 – Iron Horse Music Hall Northampton, MA

October 28 – Sony Hall New York, NY

October 29 World Cafe Live Philadelphia, PA

October 30 The Hamilton Washington, DC

November 2 Stage Door Theater Charlotte, NC

November 3 City Winery Atlanta, GA

November 4 City Winery Nashville, TN

November 13 Forum Leverkusen Leverkusen, Germany **with WDR Big Band**

November 16 New Morning Paris, France

November 17 Queen Elizabeth Hall London, England

November 19 Paradiso Amsterdam, Netherlands

November 20 Quasimodo Berlin, Germany

November 27 Tokyo International Forum Tokyo, Japan

November 28 Sankei Hall Breeze Osaka, Japan

December 1 Blue Note Beijing Beijing, China

December 2 Blue Note Beijing Beijing, China

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Prince once said that Kandace “has a voice that could melt snow.” The music icon heard her 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. Kandace’s 2014 self-titled EP turned even more heads and led to performances on Letterman, Kimmel and Fallon, as well as the Afropunk and Bonnaroo festivals. Okay player called her as “a vocal force to be reckoned with” and Afropunk dubbed her “a versatile and vital artist”

Kandace draws much of her musical inspiration from her father, Scat Springs, a respected session singer in Nashville. It was due to him that Kandace grew up surrounded by music, and he encouraged her to take piano lessons after he watched her peck out melodies on the instrument when she was 10. Yet as a girl, she was equally interested in other creative outlets, especially visual art and, more unexpectedly, automobiles. “My dad gave me a Matchbox car, and my mom gave me a Barbie,” she says. “I drew a mustache on the Barbie and never played with it again, and I still have the Matchbox car.” (Her obsession with cars, which she collects, rebuilds, and resells, continues to this day.)

Something deeper in the young musician was sparked when she heard Norah Jonesߣ 2002 Blue Note debut, Come Away With Me. “The last song on the record is ߢThe Nearness of Youߣ and that song really inspired me to learn to play piano and sing. It was just so soulful, simple and stripped down. That really moved me and touched me. It’s when I realized, This is what I wanna do.”

Kandace began gigging around Nashville, and eventually an early demo she recorded caught the ears of Evan Rogers and Carl Sturken, the production team who have written hits for Shakira, Christina Aguilera, and Kelly Clarkson, and are best known for discovering Rihanna as a teen and signing her to their production company SRP. Rogers flew to Nashville with an offer to sign Kandace. Still only 17 years old at the time she and her family decided that it wasn’t the right time to pursue a recording career, instead taking a job at a downtown Nashville hotel where she valet parked cars by day and sang and played piano in the lounge at night.

A few years later, Kandace was talking about going to automotive design school, but her mother suggested that she get back in touch with Rogers and Sturken. She instead moved to New York and started working seriously on new songs and demo recordings. She eventually landed an audition with Blue Note President Don Was at the Capitol Records Tower in Los Angeles, winning him over with a stunning performance of Bonnie Raitts “I Can’t Make You Love Me” (the original of which he had coincidentally produced).

If you listen closely to Indigo, you’ll hear a nod to Prince in the lyrics of “Fix Me” but the best tribute she could pay to him, Ms. Simone, and the humble legacy of the man who introduced her to music, her father, is by, as Karriem words it, “creating something that adds to the art form.” With Indigo, an album that couldn’t have been made by anyone but her, Kandace Springs does exactly that.

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