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Kandace Springs

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

An accomplished pianist with a sensuous, smoky voice”

MOJO

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

WALL STREET JOURNAL

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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Bahamas Releases New Album Earthtones

Performing “Way With Words” & “Opening Act (The Shooby Dooby Song)” on Jimmy Kimmel LIVE! January 24

Mini Film “Bahamas In Nature” Released

Headlining Tour Kicks Off Tonight

Get Earthtones available via Brushfire/Republic Records here

“Laidback Canadian (Bahamas) gets sensual on album number four” -Rolling Stone Australia (4 Star Review)

“Backed by D’Angelo’s rhythm section, Jurvanen’s vocal reaches from gruff Tom Waits irony through Curtis Mayfield intimacy to a killer falsetto: melodies are funky, soulful, achingly gorgeous…. Cool, humorous, tender, this is a delicious thing” –Mojo (4 Star Review)

“Mellow gold”- Classic Pop (4 Star Review)

“…it all goes down as easy as Tequila Sunrise”- Uncut

Today, Juno Award-winning Toronto singer and songwriter Bahamas—a.k.a. Afie Jurvanen—releases his anxiously awaited fourth full-length album, Earthtones[Brushfire/Republic Records]—available in stores and at all digital retailers now. Get it  HERE.

The record includes the rising singles “Way With Words” and “No Wrong” as well as the recently released “Bad Boys Need Love Too” and more.

To celebrate the release, Bahamas takes the stage on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel LIVE! Wednesday, January 24 for the first television performances of “Way With Words” and “Opening Act (The Shooby Dooby Song).Be sure to tune in!

In addition, in keeping with Bahamas tradition – Afie has created a visual mini film featuring numerous songs from Earthtonestitled “Bahamas In Nature” released today.Check out the film here!

Tonight, his North American headline tour kicks off with a sold-out gig at Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn, NY. Dates are already selling out fast! See full tour dates below

The album upholds a tradition of progression for the artist. Recorded in Los Angeles with the ultimate rhythm secion- Pino Palladino [Adele, Ed Sheeran, The Who] on bass and drummer James Gadson Gadson [ Bill Withers, Herb Alpert, D’Angelo] —Earthtones represents another creative breakthrough for Bahamas as the sound becomes deeper and more dynamic than ever before.

Bahamas released his Juno Award-nominated full-length debut, Pink Strat, in 2009 followed by the 2012 fan favorite Barchords. Between supporting Wilco, The Lumineers and Jack Johnson on the road, he built an impassioned audience. 2014’s Bahamas Is Afie represented a watershed moment. Not only did it achieve the 2015 Juno Award for “Adult Alternative Album of the Year,” but he also garnered “Songwriter of the Year” for the singles “All The Time,” “Bitter Memories, and “Stronger Than That. A streaming juggernaut who averages nearly 2 million monthly listeners on Spotify, “All The Time” generated a staggering 32 million streams and counting as “Stronger Than That” cracked 9 million. Moreover, he popped up on playlists such as “Calm Down,” “Happy Folk,” “Indie Chillout,” and many more.

Extensive Tour Dates Announced – Full details and all tour dates are listed below and available, here.

January 12th             Halifax, NS                Rebecca Cohn Auditorium (SOLD OUT)
January 14th             Moncon, NB              Capitol Theatre
January 15th             Saint John, NB          Imperial Theatre
January 16th             Fredericton, NB        The Playhouse
January 17th             Montreal, QC            Le Lion D’or (SOLD OUT)
January 18th             Toronto, ON              Massey Hall (SOLD OUT)
January 19th             Brooklyn, NY            Music Hall of Williamsburg (SOLD OUT)
January 25th             Los Angeles, CA      Masonic Lodge at Hollywood Forever (SOLD OUT)
February 13th           Detroit, MI                 El Club
February 14th           St. Louis, MO            Delmar Hall
February 15th           Oklahoma City, OK   Academy of Contemporary Music at UCO
February 16th           Dallas, TX                 The Kessler (SOLD OUT)
February 17th           Austin, TX                 Antone’s (SOLD OUT)
February 19th           Denver, CO               Bluebird (SOLD OUT)
February 21st           Los Angeles, CA       Teragram (SOLD OUT)
February 23rd           San Diego, CA          Belly Up (SOLD OUT)
February 24th           San Francisco, CA    Independent (SOLD OUT)
February 26th           Portland, OR             Alberta Rose (SOLD OUT)
February 27th           Seattle, WA               Neptune
February 28th           Victoria, BC               The Royal Theatre (SOLD OUT)
March 1st                  Vancouver, BC          Queen Elizabeth Theatre
March 2nd                 Kamloops, BC           CJ’s Nightclub
March 3rd                  Calgary, AB               Palace Theatre
March 5th                  Edmonton, AB           Winspear
March 6th                  Saskatoon, SK          3rd Ave Church
March 7th                  Winnipeg, MB            Park Theatre  (SOLD OUT)
March 8th                  Minneapolis, MN       Fine Line
March 9th                  Milwaukee, WI          Turner Hall
March 10th                Chicago, IL               The Metro
March 20th                Stockholm                 O-baren (FREE)
March 21st                Copenhagen             Hotel Cecil
March 22nd               Berlin                         Privatclub
March 23rd                Erfurt                         Franz Mehlhose
March 24th                Cologne                     Artheater
March 26th                Zürich                        Papiersaal
March 28th                Amsterdam                Paradiso
March 29th                Brighton, UK              The Haunt
April 2nd                    Leeds, UK                 The Wardrobe
April 3rd                     Bristol, UK                 The Louisiana
April 4th                     London, UK                Islington Assembly Hall
April 5th                     Liverpool, UK             The Magnet
April 6th                     Dublin, Ireland            The Grand Social
May 3rd                     Boston, MA                 Sinclair (SOLD OUT)
May 4th                     Philadelphia                WCL
May 5th                     Pittsburgh, PA             Mr. Smalls
May 6th                     Washington, DC          9:30 Club
May 8th                     Carrboro, NC              Cats’s Cradle
May 9th                     Atlanta, GA                  Terminal West
May 11th                   Nashville, TN               Cannery
May 12th                   Asheville, NC               Grey Eagle
May 14th                   Ponte Vedra, FL           Ponte Vedra Concert Hall
May 15th                   Orlando, FL                  The Social
May 17th                   Fort Lauderdale, FL     Culture Room
May 18th                   Tampa, FL                    Orpheum
May 18-20th              Gulf Shores, AL           Hangout Festival