Kandace Springs

Kandace Springs was recently signed to Blue Note Records after singing just one song for label president Don Was. Dubbed a “suave songstress” by the Wall Street Journal, the 23 year-old marries jazz, soul, hip-hop, and classic keys into a sound all her own. You can find her as “kandacesprings” on both Twitter and Facebook.
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Kandace Springs was recently signed to Blue Note Records after singing just one song for label president Don Was. Dubbed a “suave songstress” by the Wall Street Journal, the 23 year-old marries jazz, soul, hip-hop, and classic keys into a sound all her own. You can find her as “kandacesprings” on both Twitter and Facebook.

Kandace Springs was recently signed to Blue Note Records after singing just one song for label president Don Was. Dubbed a “suave songstress” by the Wall Street Journal, the 23 year-old marries jazz, soul, hip-hop, and classic keys into a sound all her own. You can find her as “kandacesprings” on both Twitter and Facebook.

HOMETOWN: Nashville, Tennessee

HOW I DESCRIBE MY SOUND: Classic soul and jazz with a modern twist of hip-hop.

MUSICAL TRAINING: When I was ten years old, a close friend of my family fell on hard times and had to move. She had a very old upright piano and she asked if my Dad would keep it at our house until she got back on her feet. I heard the Beethoven song “Moonlight Sonata” and I started to try and play it on the piano. My Dad heard me and then started to show me how to play. After a while, he arranged for me to have lessons with the Wooten Brothers and also some basic classical training. About three years later, that friend came and took her piano back. I was so sad. Then a friend of my Mom’s gave us a Korg [digital] piano and to this day, it’s one of my favorite pianos to play.

FIRST GIGS: The Kids On Stage summer music/arts camp program, (kidsonstage.com), and playing with father’s Nashville soul band The Scat Band.

MUSICAL INFLUENCES: My father, Ella Fitzgerald, Norah Jones, Nina Simone, and Erykah Badu.

WHAT I’M LISTENING TO RIGHT NOW: Sade, Sam Smith, and Jhene Aiko.

MY BIG BREAK: When I was a teenager, Evan Rogers and Carl Sturken from SRP Records came to Nashville to check me out because a friend of my dad’s told them about me. They offered me a production deal, but I wasn’t ready at that time. Three years later after paying my dues (being a valet attendant during the day and playing at the lounge of the same hotel at night), I decided that I was ready. I called Evan and he answered the phone and said, “Are you ready to be star?” My other big break was when I auditioned for Don Was, the president of Blue Note Records at Capitol Studios in Los Angeles. After playing one song, “I Can’t Make You Love Me,” he offered me a record deal.

LATEST ALBUM: Kandace Springs, my new EP, out now.

FAVORITE KEYBOARD GEAR: Rhodes and Wurlitzer electric pianos plus Nord, Yamaha, and Korg keyboards.

WHAT’S NEXT: Performing on the Late Show with David Letterman and VH1 Soul, plus tours with Ne-Yo and Chance the Rapper.

ADVICE: Work hard, never give up and do what you love. The world likes originality. A lot of people will want to give you advice, so stay humble and listen. You might get something out of it, but in the end stay true to yourself.