Watch List: Kandace Springs Reflects On 'The Worst'
Imbued with an instinctive affinity for the emotional gravitas of the legendary soulstresses, yet with an ear for the contemporary that is reflected in her eclectically influenced creativity, Nashville native Kandace Springs anchors her burgeoning career with the belief that 'soul music is something that you feel, you can’t fake it. It has to be real. I want to bring back that old soul… combine it with a blend of hip-hop beats in a completely new way'. With the smooth, soul-brushed hues of her voice acting as the perfect conduit for her belief in fearlessly giving of herself as an artist, 'when I sing, I sing from my heart, that is the only way I know', here she gives a sensitively heartfelt rendition of Jhene Aiko's 'The Worst', showcasing the talent that prompted Prince himself to recently bestow his approval.
Growing up in Nashville, she says 'ever since I can remember, music has been a part of my life', and under the guidance of father - a professional r&b singer - Springs honed her soulful instincts through listening to the great soul and blues singers, the likes of Roberta Flack, Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Nina Simone and Aretha Franklin, while admiring artists such as Norah Jones and Erykah Badu for channeling the timelssness of those legends into more comtemporary modes of expression. Studying composition with the Grammy Award-winning Wooten brothers while at high school, she made a name for herself in Nashville performing soul and jazz standards.
Coming to the attention of the production team that signed and developed Rihanna, Carl Sturken and Evan Rogers at SRP Records, Springs was soon working with them on a debut album, going on to sign with Blue Note Records, and has in recent months been in the studio with co-executive producer Eli Wolf (Norah Jones) and co-writers including Claude Kelly (Bruno Mars), Jack Splash (Cee-Lo), Pop and Oak (Alicia Keys), and Andre Harris (Jill Scott).