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KANDACE SPRINGS SET TO RELEASE SOUL EYES ON JUNE 24

On June 24, singer, songwriter and pianist Kandace Springs will release her debut full-length album Soul Eyes on Blue Note Records/Universal Music Canada, the country’s leading music company. Produced by Grammy-winning producer Larry Klein (Lizz Wright, Melody Gardot, Joni Mitchell, Herbie Hancock), the album touches upon soul, pop and channels her jazz influences as well as her Nashville upbringing. Kandace counts such stylists as Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Nina Simone, Roberta Flack and Norah Jones as her heroes, but as evidenced by Soul Eyes, Springs mimics none of them.

Kandace’s journey to discovering her uniqueness didn’t happen overnight. In fact, her 2014 self-titled debut EP had a decidedly contemporary R&B/hip-hop bent with production by Pop & Oak (Rihanna, Nicki Minaj, Miguel). The EP was incredibly well-received and led to performances on Late Show With David Letterman, Jimmy Kimmel Live and The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, as well as appearances at the Afropunk and Bonnaroo festivals.

For Soul Eyes, Kandace continued working closely with Rogers, Sturken and Klein. “Larry wanted me to be free in the studio,” she recalls. “I’ve been through a lot of other sessions in which the producer tries to take control of your sound. Larry was just like, ‘Go in and play what you feel.’ That ultimately led to the best outcome; he captured this record perfectly.” “When I first heard Kandace,” says Klein, “I was sold after hearing one song.  Her smoky voice coupled with a sense of phrasing way beyond her years, and her angular way of accompanying herself on piano grabbed me right away.”

The eleven songs contained on Soul Eyes are a mix of Kandace’s originals and co-writes as well as the jazz classic “Soul Eyes” and songs by Jesse Harris, Shelby Lynne, War, and others. The album features Kandace’s playing piano alongside an illustrious cast of musicians that includes trumpeter Terence Blanchard, guitarists Dean Parks and Jesse Harris, drummer Vinnie Colaiuta, organist Pete Kuzma, bassist Dan Lutz, percussionist Pete Korpela.

Track listing for Soul Eyes
1. Talk To Me
2. Soul Eyes feat. Terence Blanchard
3. Place To Hide
4. Thought It Would Be Easier
5. Novocaine Heart
6. Neither Old Nor Young
7. Too Good To Last feat. Terence Blanchard
8. Fall Guy
9. The World Is A Ghetto
10. Leavin’
11. Rain Falling

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Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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