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Dreamville Take Over At NBA All Star Weekend

DREAMVILLE TAKES OVER NBA ALL STAR WEEKEND

Exclusive Merch Pop Up, Secret Brunch & “Overtime” Showcase

Feb 15 – 17th in Charlotte, NC

J Cole To Perform at Official All Star Half-Time Show

Back on home turf, J Cole’s Dreamville collective are taking over NBA All Star Weekend in Charlotte, North Carolina.The artists who made noise at the top of the year with the legendary Dreamville sessions, are banding together again for one weekend with a series of activations including a weekend long pop up shop featuring exclusive limited edition merchandise, a Dreamville brunch and a showcase featuring Dreamville acts (and special surprise guests) taking place after the All Star game. Fans might expect a preview of what’s to come from the upcoming Dreamville Revenge of The Dreamers III compilation project.

Johnny Orlando’s Debut EP

Johnny Orlando Announces Debut EP, TEENAGE FEVER, Plots Headlining North American Tour &

Drops Dreamy New Single “SLEEP”

Singer-songwriter and fan favorite Johnny Orlando shows no sign of slowing down. Set to share his first solid musical statement in the form of his debut EP, Teenage Fever, out March 15, followed by a headlining North American tour this spring, the recent JUNO-Award nominee for Breakthrough Artist of the Year also drops his dreamy new single, Sleep today.

Tickets for the Teenage Fever Tour are on sale February 18 at johnnyorlandomusic.com. To pre-order Teenage Fever, click here. See full track listing below.

Sleep”, co-written by Orlando, his sister Darian and Swedish collaborators Linnea Södahl (Zara Larsson, Anne-Marie) and Hampus Lindvall (Zara Larsson), is the second single from Johnny’s upcoming debut EP. The pop Swedish-influenced song about living in the moment and not wanting that moment to end showcases Johnny’s maturing sound and songwriting skills.

“We wrote ‘Sleep’ for anyone who’s ever experienced that feeling of never wanting to be apart from someone who you love to spend time with. I felt that it was a very real and relatable thing that people experience at some point in their adolescence,” said Johnny. “Linnea first came up with the concept for ‘Sleep’ – it’s almost like there’s a word for it in Swedish, or it’s a common feeling, that we don’t really think about in English, and that’s why I think it’s so unique.”

Out March 15, Teenage Fever marks Orlando’s biggest release since signing with Universal Music Canada and Island Records. Emanating confidence and charisma over danceable electronic grooves and a subtle hip-hop bounce, Orlando levels up his take on pop. The EP highlights his ever-evolving songwriting skills as he co-writes all six tracks with his sister, Darian Orlando, and a range of acclaimed collaborators including Mike Wise (bülow, Dvbbs, RALPH), Linnea Södahl (Zara Larsson, Anne-Marie), Nick Ruth (Ryan Tedder), Jordon Manswell (Daniel Caesar) and Matthew Burnett (Jessie Reyez, Daniel Caesar). The EP also features previously released single, “Last Summer” which sits at over 17.3 million global streams (and growing) across all platforms.

“I’m very excited and so grateful that I have this opportunity to share my debut EP,” added Johnny. “‘Teenage Fever’, represents those experiences and feelings all teenagers have while trying to navigate their high school years. It tells the story of my journey, and I hope it will give people a more personal insight into my life and experiences. We spent about a year making this project and it means so much to me. I worked with so many cool people with different backgrounds and from different places, which gives it a lot of character and makes every song unique. I’m so happy to share new music with fans and hope they love it as much as I do – I can’t wait to see the reaction live on tour!”  

Stay tuned for much more to come from Johnny Orlando at johnnyorlandomusic.com.

Teenage Fever Track Listing:

  1. Sleep
  2. Last Summer
  3. Piece of My Heart
  4. Deep Down
  5. Waste My Time
  6. Why

TEENAGE FEVER TOUR DATES:

4/29/2019     Chicago, IL  – Park West

4/30/2019     Pontiac, MI – The Crofoot

5/2/2019       Toronto, ON – Danforth Music Hall

5/3/2019       Montréal, QC –  Corona Theatre

5/5/2019       Boston, MA –  Paradise Rock Club

5/6/2019       Philadelphia, PA – The Theatre of Living Arts

5/7/2019       New York, NY – Playstation Theater

5/8/2019       Baltimore, MD – Rams Head Live

5/10/2019     Charlotte, NC – The Underground

5/11/2019     Orlando, FL Plaza Live

5/13/2019     Houston, TX House of Blues

5/14/2019     Dallas, TX – House of Blues

5/16/2019     Tucson, AZ – Rialto Theatre  

5/17/2019     Los Angeles, CA – The Belasco Theatre

5/18/2019     San Francisco, CA – August Hall

5/20/2019     Portland, OR – Holocene

5/21/2019     Seattle, WA – Neumos

5/22/2019     Vancouver, BC – Rio Theatre

 

NBA All-Star Series

NEW ERA CAP CELEBRATES THE CITY OF CHARLOTTE WITH 2019 NBA ALL-STAR GAME COLLECTION

The New Era NBA Authentics: NBA All-Star Series is available now

Today, New Era Cap Co., Inc., the authentic cap of the National Basketball Association (NBA), announces the New Era NBA Authentics: NBA All-Star Series, a special headwear collection designed for this year’s game in Charlotte, North Carolina.

“Each year, we work to celebrate NBA All-Star Game by using the host city as the design inspiration for the New Era NBA Authentics: All-Star Series,” said John Connors, Director of Arena Sports for New Era Cap. “This year, Charlotte offered us the opportunity to do something truly different leveraging the Hornets’ unique color palate and honeycomb pattern.”

This year’s New Era NBA Authentics: All-Star Series features unique designs with a mix of silhouettes including 59FIFTY, 9FIFTY and 9TWENTY. Each cap features a unique design utilizing the Charlotte Hornets’ color palate, teal, white and purple as well as the honeycomb pattern displayed on the Hornets’ court.                       

The New Era NBA Authentics: NBA All-Star Game Series is available in the following styles:


New Era NBA Authentics: NBA All-Star Tie Dye:  Adding an element of style to the collection, this teal, white and purple tie dye graphic print cap features the primary Charlotte NBA All-Star 2019 logo embroidered on the crown. Available in a 9FIFTY, the cap also comes in a black and white colorway with a 59FIFTY version available exclusively here.


New Era NBA Authentics: NBA All-Star Pri Star: Available in a 9FIFTY and 9TWENTY, this cap features the Charlotte NBA All-Star logo man on the crown and an oversized NBA All-Star 2019 wordmark embroidered on the side. This cap is available in a black and white colorway with a 59FIFTY version available exclusively here.


New Era NBA Authentics: NBA All-Star Oversized Star: Show your excitement for the 2019 NBA All-Star Game with this 9FIFTY cap featuring an embroidered oversized Charlotte NBA All-Star logo man on the crown and a second NBA All-Star logo man on the rear. Additionally, this cap has a honeycomb pattern on the visor and snapback enclosure. A 59FIFTY version is available exclusively here.


New Era NBA Authentics: NBA All-Star Suede: Available in a 9FIFTY and 9TWENTY, this stylish black monochromatic cap combines faux suede with a Charlotte 2019 tonal wordmark embroidered on the crown.

The New Era NBA Authentics: NBA All-Star Series is available here as well as select headwear retailers with retail prices of $28-$38 USD.

ABOUT NEW ERA CAP
New Era Cap Co., Inc. is an international lifestyle brand with an authentic sports heritage that dates back over 90 years. Best known for being the official on-field cap for Major League Baseball and the National Football League, New Era Cap is the brand of choice not only for its headwear collection, but also for its accessories and apparel lines for men, women and youth. The brand is worn as a symbol of self-expression by athletes, artists and some of the most interesting people around the globe. New Era Cap encourages people to truly express their personal style and individuality through its products. The Company is headquartered in Buffalo, NY and operates facilities in Canada, Europe, Brazil, Japan, and Hong Kong. For more information, visit our website.

The Avett Brothers Unveil New Song “Neapolitan Sky”

GRAMMY® Award-nominated North Carolina band The Avett Brothers share new song “Neapolitan Sky” today. It follows up the recently released “Roses and Sacrifice”and “Trouble Letting Go”, which closed out a banner 2018 for the group.

Check out “Neapolitan Sky” HERE via American/Republic Records.

To welcome the release, Scott Avett recorded this video to fans. Check it out here!

Just this past month, The Avett Brothers unveiled their first round of North American headline tour dates for this summer. Joined by Lake Street Dive and Trampled By Turtles at select gigs, tickets are on-sale now. See full tour dates below.

Stay tuned for more from The Avett Brothers!

The Avett Brothers made mainstream waves with their 2009 major label debut, I and Love and You, landing at No. 16 on the Billboard Top 200 and garnering critical acclaim. 2012 saw The Carpenter hit No. 4 on theBillboard Top 200 and was followed by Magpie and the Dandelion (2013) which debuted at No. 5 on Billboard’sTop 200 and saw the band appear twice on Jimmy Kimmel Live! True Sadness (2016) achieved The Avett Brothers’ highest career debut to date hitting No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Albums Chart, No. 1 Top Rock Albums Chart, No. 1 Digital Albums Chart, No. 3 on Billboard Top 200, and scoring two GRAMMY® nominations. In the same year, the band was inducted into the North Carolina Music Hall of Fame. This past year has been historical for The Avett Brothers as they released their critically acclaimed documentary May It Last: A Portrait of The Avett Brothers, which was co-directed by Judd Apatow and Michael Bonfiglio.The film followed the band as they wrote their GRAMMY® nominated album True Sadness. The film was released theatrically and on HBO to rave reviews and critical acclaim. Recently, they released two new songs “Roses and Sacrifice” and “Trouble Letting Go” in anticipation for new music in 2019.

J. Cole to Headline 2019 NBA All-Star Game Performances

North Carolina’s J. Cole to Perform During Halftime; Meek Mill to Open the Night

Charlotte’s Anthony Hamilton to Sing U.S. National Anthem; Carly Rae Jepsen to Sing Canadian National Anthem Prior to Tip-Off

The National Basketball Association (NBA) announced today that 2019 GRAMMY® Award-nominated artist and North Carolina native J. Cole will take the court in his home state to headline the 2019 NBA All-Star Game halftime show on Sunday, Feb. 17 at Spectrum Center in Charlotte, N.C.  Before the game, Meek Mill will take the stage for an exciting opening and entertaining introduction of the All-Star teams, followed by GRAMMY® Award winner and Charlotte-born Anthony Hamilton performing the U.S. national anthem. Multi-platinum GRAMMY® Award-nominated singer/songwriter Carly Rae Jepsen will perform the Canadian national anthem.  The 68th NBA All-Star Game begins at 8 p.m. ET on TNT and will be seen by fans in more than 200 countries and territories in more than 40 languages. 

J. Cole, an accomplished rapper, songwriter and producer, will perform a medley of hits at halftime.  The seven-time GRAMMY® Award nominee received two nominations this year and has had five number one albums on the Billboard® Top 200 chart, including 2018’s KOD.  The singer concluded his eighth headlining concert tour in October and released his latest single titled “Middle Child” on Jan. 23.  The single comes shortly after J. Cole and his label announced their upcoming compilation album, Revenge of the Dreamers III, which was recently recorded.  In 2018, J. Cole had some of the year’s hottest features, including an appearance on Atlanta vocalist 6LACK’S GRAMMY® -nominated single “Pretty Little Fears,” as well as guest verses for Jay Rock, 21 Savage and Moneybagg Yo.  J. Cole is head of the Dreamville Label, comprised of rising R&B singer Ari Lennox and lyricists Bas, J.I.D, EarthGang, Cozz, Omen and Lute.  

Mill released his fourth studio album, Championships, in November, which debuted at number one on the Billboard® Top 200, as did his 2015 album, Dreams Worth More Than Money. The award-winning musician is also making his highly-anticipated return to the road with his The Motivation Tour.  The 16-city, U.S. tour will kick-off on February 19 in Miami, FL and make stops in Los Angeles, Chicago, New York and his hometown of Philadelphia, among many other cities, before wrapping on March 24 in Atlanta, GA. Tickets for Mill’s tour are currently on sale. 

Charlotte’s own Hamilton will release his ninth full-length studio album this year.  Jepsen, a GRAMMY®, Juno and Polaris Prize nominee, released the new song “Party For One” in November off her forthcoming album. 

 

About the Artists

Anthony Hamilton

Proclaimed a “national treasure” by the Los Angeles Times, GRAMMY® Award winning singer, songwriter, producer, and actor Anthony Hamilton has achieved global sales of over 50 million albums. The North Carolina Music Hall of Fame inductee notably performed for President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle, cementing his place in the history books as the “narrator of love.” Introduced by way of the iconic 2003 smash “Charlene”, his raw, awe-inspiring performances garnered the attention of NPR where he starred in their Noteworthy documentary series. He appeared in American Gangster and lent his voice to “Freedom” from the Academy® Award-nominated Django Unchained. Hamilton will unveil his ninth full-length studio album in 2019.

Carly Rae Jepsen

Multi-platinum GRAMMY®-nominated singer/songwriter Carly Rae Jepsen’s 2015 album E*MO*TION, earned a host of rave reviews with several outlets declaring it the pop album of 2015. The set featured the platinum selling single “I Really Like You.”  E*MO*TION followed the release of Jepsen’s U.S. debut album Kiss featuring the blockbuster break-out hit “Call Me Maybe” which climbed to #1 on the iTunes Singles charts in over 47 countries, has sold over 20 million singles worldwide.  It earned Jepsen 2012 GRAMMY® nominations for Best Pop Solo Performance and Song of the Year. Jepsen landed the lead role in the 2014 Broadway production of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella and later starred as the iconic Pink Lady, “Frenchy,” in FOX’s four-time EMMY award winning musical GREASE: LIVE. “Party For One” is the new song by Jepsen which sets the tone for her new album which will be released on 604/School Boy/Interscope Records in 2019. 

J. Cole

North Carolina native J. Cole is an accomplished rapper, songwriter and producer. The seven-time Grammy® Award nominee received two nominations this year and has had five number one albums on the Billboard® Top 200 chart. In October, the rapper concluded his eighth headlining concert tour for his album KOD. J. Cole is head of the Dreamville Label, comprised of lyricists Bas, J.I.D, EarthGang, Cozz, Omen, and Lute, and rising R&B singer Ari Lennox. The release was one of the biggest albums of the year, debuting at #1 on the Billboard 200.  J. Cole also appeared on some of the year’s hottest features, including Atlanta vocalist 6LACK’S Grammy nominated single “Pretty Little Fearsand performed guest verses for Jay Rock, 21 Savage, Moneybagg Yo and more. 

Meek Mill

Meek Mill is a critically-acclaimed multiplatinum hip-hop artist, songwriter and entrepreneur that hails from Philadelphia.  Meek Mill evolved from Philadelphia’s hottest underground rapper to one of the world’s preeminent musical artists, having released a slew of smash studio albums and singles, including “Ima Boss,” “Dreams and Nightmares (Intro),” “All Eyes on You,” and “Whatever You Need,” among many others.  In October 2012, Mill announced the launch of his own label imprint, Dream Chasers, named after his mixtape series.  In addition to serving as the CEO of Dream Chasers, Mill is also an advocate for criminal justice reform in the United States with a focus on creating stronger prison rehabilitation programs, improving the bail system and shortening probationary periods.

 

About NBA All-Star 2019

NBA All-Star 2019 in Charlotte, N.C., will bring together the most talented and passionate players in the league’s history for a global celebration of the game.  The 68th NBA All-Star Game, which will take place on Sunday, Feb. 17, at Spectrum Center, will reach fans in more than 200 countries and territories in more than 40 languages.  TNT will televise the All-Star Game for the 17th consecutive year, marking Turner Sports’ 34th year of NBA All-Star coverage.  Spectrum Center will also host MTN DEW ICE Rising Stars on Friday, Feb. 15, and State Farm All-Star Saturday Night on Saturday, Feb. 16.  The NBA All-Star Celebrity Game presented by Ruffles and NBA All-Star Practice & Media Day will take place at Bojangles’ Coliseum.

 

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s First Weeks in Washington

In a special Intercept podcast episode, D.C. bureau chief Ryan Grim and senior politics editor Briahna Gray join freshman New York representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez for an in-depth conversation about her approach to politics and social media, her thoughts on the 2020 presidential election, and her “out-of-nowhere” congressional campaign.

Listen here.

As a new member of the House Financial Services Committee, she’s already shaping the conversation with her call to raise the top marginal tax rate to 70 percent. Former North Carolina Rep. Brad Miller, a progressive Democrat who served for years on the Financial Services Committee, joins the conversation to talk about the challenges Ocasio-Cortez will face there.

About The Intercept

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Devon Gilfillian

Devon Gilfillian hailed by Rolling Stone as “one of the most exciting young artists in Nashville’s burgeoning soul scene” released his new single, High today. Download/stream High HERE.

“High was inspired by the spirit of letting go of the weight of treehr world and letting your worries float away” explains Devon Gilfillian. “On one hand, the song is a rebellious love story between two people, or it could be the relationship between someone and their sweet, sweet ganja. I wanted to leave it open for interpretation.”

After his second AMERICANAFEST showcase tonight at The High Watt in Nashville Gilfillian will resume his North American tour. He’ll open for Kaleo on four dates, beginning with the bands September 24 show at the Tennessee Theatre in Knoxville. Upcoming festival performances include the Bristol Rhythm and Roots Festival, Pilgrimage and Lynchstock. Gilfillian will support Mavis Staples at Greenfield Lake Amphitheatre in Wilmington, NC on October 21. See below for itinerary. Tickets are on sale HERE.

High is the follow-up to Troublemaker,which was heard during 2018 NFL Draft programming/advertising. Gilfillian performed the national anthem before Round 1 of the 2018 NFL Draft.

The video for Troublemaker was shot at The Smoakstack Studios in Nashville and can be seen HERE.

Afropunk said, “Get your swampy soul rock on with Devon Gilfillian’s latest video Troublemaker. The video is a zero-frills, live recording of Devon laying into his blues guitar (that he picked up at 14), performing alongside his band and back-up vocalists.”

Gilfillian, who is featured in the Frye Americana Roots campaign, grew up outside Philadelphia and moved to Nashville to pursue music full-time. In 2016, he released his self-titled debut EP, a five-song collection of originals that showcased his powerful blend of soul, blues, rock and gospel. NPR Music said, “There’s a lot to like about Gilfillian’s songsߪ[his] musical muscle is tempered by his swagger and confidence.”

Devon Gilfillian North American Tour

9/14 | Nashville, TN @ AMERICANAFEST

9/15 | Dayton, OH @Levitt Pavilion Dayton

9/21-22 | Bristol, TN @ Bristol Rhythm and Roots Reunion

9/23 | Franklin, TN @ Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival

9/24 | Knoxville, TN @ Tennessee Theatre supporting Kaleo

9/26 | Greensboro, NC @ Cone Denim Entertainment Center supporting Kaleo

9/27 | Glen Allen, VA @ Innsbrook After Hours supporting Kaleo

9/29 | Hampton Beach, NH @ Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom supporting Kaleo

10/20 | Lynchburg, VA @ Lynchstock Music Festival

10/21| Wilmington, NC @ Greenfield Lake Amphitheater supporting Mavis Staples

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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Tori Kelly

GRAMMY nominated artist Tori Kelly will kick off a North American headline tour on October 18 at The Tabernacle in Atlanta, GA. The run is in support of her new project, Hiding Place, a powerful collection of R&B infused gospel songs that was produced by 12-time GRAMMY Award winner Kirk Franklin.

In addition to playing such venues as Warner Theatre in Washington DC (October 28) and Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium (November 8), Tori and her band will perform at several historic houses of worship, including New York City’s Riverside Church (October 30) and the Cathedral Sanctuary at Immanuel Presbyterian Church in Los Angeles (November 16 & 17). Tickets go on sale Friday, September 14. See below for itinerary or visit www.torikellymusic.com

Capitol Records will release Hiding Place on September 14. The passion project follows Tori’s 2015 album Unbreakable Smile, which Idolator recently hailed as “one of the better debut albums in recent memory.” It entered the Billboard 200 at No. 2 and contained the Gold-certified singles “Nobody Love,” “Shouldߣve Been Us” and “Hollow”

Tori recorded Hiding Place primarily at Kirk Franklin’s studio just outside Dallas. Half of the songs were penned solely by Franklin, while the remaining tracks came from a collaboration between the two artists the first time that Franklin had ever co-written in a decades-long career that’s seen his songs performed by legends like Stevie Wonder and Whitney Houston.

Fans who pre-order / pre-save Hiding Place in digital format will instantly receive the first single “Never Alone” (feat.Kirk Franklin,) and “Help Us To Love” featuring The Hamiltones, official background vocalists for GRAMMY winner Anthony Hamilton. Other guests include Jonathan McReynolds and Lecrae. The video of Tori performing “Never Alone” live with Kirk Franklin, which has more than two million views, can be seen HERE.

Tori Kelly Hiding Place Tour

10/18 Atlanta, GA @ The Tabernacle

10/19 Birmingham, AL @ Lyric Theatre

10/21 Charlotte, NC @ McGlohon Theater at Spirit Square

10/22 Durham, NC @ Carolina Theatre

10/25 Munhall, PA @ Carnegie Music Hall of Homestead

10/27 Philadelphia, PA @ Temple Performing Arts Center

10/28 Washington, DC @ Warner Theatre

10/30 New York, NY @ Riverside Church

11/1 Detroit, MI @ Masonic Temple Theatre

11/2 Grand Rapids, MI @ Fountain Street Church

11/5 Chicago, IL @ Fourth Presbyterian Church

11/6 Chicago, IL @ Fourth Presbyterian Church

11/8 Nashville, TN @ Ryman Auditorium

11/11 Dallas, TX @ Majestic Theater

11/12 Austin, TX @ Paramount Theatre

11/13 Houston, TX @ Wortham Center Cullen Theater

11/16 Los Angeles, CA @ The Cathedral Sanctuary at Immanuel Presbyterian Church

11/17 Los Angeles, CA @ The Cathedral Sanctuary at Immanuel Presbyterian Church

11/19 San Francisco, CA @ Herbst Theater

Watch “Never Alone” here.

Ari Lennox’s “Whipped Cream”

Singer Ari Lennox releases her music video for “Whipped Cream” and it is EVERYTHING.

As Ari croons over unrequited love, she is whisked away by “vivid dreams” of an old beau which leaves us all to ponder if these are true meanings or figments of her imagination.

Director Ryan Doubiago and producer Darius Turbak embrace Ari’s essence beautifully; capturing her sultry appeal and affinity for classic soul to produce a visual which is timeless with a touch of nostalgia.

Watch the video here!

The Washington D.C. native dropped her debut EP, PHO, in late 2016. PHO showcased Ari’s immense talent while highlighting her position as the only female and sole vocalist of her crew.

In 2017, Ari joined J. Cole on his 4 Your Eyez Only Tour. She is slated to perform alongside her labelmates at the Dreamville Festival September 15th in Raleigh, NC.