Kandace Springs

OLG After Dark Series

Thursday June 29 @ 10:30 pm, Tartan Homes Stage, Marion Dewar Plaza


Kandace Springs - vocals/piano
Dillon Treacy - drums
Jesse Bielendberg - bass

At 28, Nashville native Kandace Springs may only be touring behind her Blue Note Records debut album, but she’s already a music veteran with a personal endorsement from the late Prince of Paisley Park. The Prince connection makes a great conversation starter, but Springs made it to where she is in a very traditional way: studying piano from the age of 10, following her father’s encouragement to develop a distinctive singing voice and winning her Blue Note contract by auditioning in person for label head Don Was. Soul Eyes found her echoing forebears like Nina Simone, Roberta Flack and Norah Jones, but sounding exactly like no one but herself. It didn’t hurt that she had jazz veterans like Terence Blanchard and Vinnie Colaiuta onboard, and producer Larry Klein at the helm. Having already appeared on major television and festival stages—to say nothing of being Prince’s guest at his Purple Rain 30th anniversary party—Springs is on a mission to show audiences around the world what those music business heavyweights discovered.