Kandace Springs new CD 'Soul Eyes'. - http://www.kandacesprings.com/
Every so often a new singer emerges who's 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 27-year-old, 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 Blue Note Records debut, Soul Eyes (Blue Note Records), Springs mimics none of them. Instead Springs allows her comely alto to become a conduit that touches upon Soul, Jazz and Pop while transforming those aforementioned influences into a personalized sound that reveals itself effortlessly.
Ever the prescient mentor, Prince knew Springs was going to be the next "Hot Thing" - and he took her under his wing. The music icon invited her to perform with him at Paisley Park for the 30th anniversary of Purple Rain. "He encouraged me a lot before I recorded this new record, especially during the time in which I was trying to figure out my sound," Springs says. "He told me that I needed to do what comes naturally to me. He was absolutely right."
Springs co-wrote the searching, observational mid-tempo gem "Novocaine Heart" with Carl Sturken and Evan Rogers. The song was one of Prince's favorite tracks from the album.