Worldwide superstar, Rihanna, has sold over 50 million albums and 190 million digital tracks worldwide, and currently holds the record as the top-selling digital artist of all time. The recipient of seven Grammy Awards and eleven Billboard Music Awards, she was named the world’s #1 social media star by Forbes, with over 5 billion views on YouTube/VEVO, the most ever for any female artist, and over 50 million Twitter followers and over 80 million Facebook Likes. In addition to her 23 Top 10 singles, she also has 18 #1 singles on the Billboard Dance Club Song Charts. She continues to make pop music history as Unapologetic, her 7th studio album in seven years, debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 Albums chart on first week sales.
In November 2013, Kandace Springs sat down at the piano at Capitol Studios and sang an impassioned rendition of Bonnie Raitt's "I Can't Make You Love Me". Stunned by her arrangement and performance, Blue Note Records president Don Was offered her a record deal on the spot. The legendary artist Prince heard her cover of the Sam Smith song "Stay With Me" online and asked her to perform at Paisley Park on the weekend celebrating the 30th anniversary of Purple Rain.
"Ever since I can remember, music has been a part of my life," says Kandace, who cites her father, a professional R&B singer, as her first inspiration. "My dad was always playing music in the house, in the car, singing in the mall...everywhere! He taught me how to harmonize, and I thought, 'Well this is it!'" Kandace recounts, "When I was a kid he gave me CDs of all the greats: Aretha Franklin, Nina Simone, Billie Holiday, Lauryn Hill...that's how I became inspired to be a musician, and those artists continue to influence what I do and put out for people."
Kandace released her self-titled debut in 2014 which was followed by an appearance on The Late Show with David Letterman and a slew of other national TV appearances and some memorable performances including the Afropunk and Bonnaroo music festivals.
Kandace is currently working on her debut LP with Grammy legend Larry Klein.
Elena Ayodele Pinderhuges is a 20 year-old vocalist and flautist. She began singing and playing the flute at age 7. By age 9 she was performing and recording with local bands and recorded her first CD, Catch 22. At 11, she was featured in an HBO special on young musicians entitled The Music in Me. Versatile in many styles, Elena has won numerous awards for "best soloist" at festivals and from Downbeat Magazine. A 2013 Young Arts Gold Award recipient and U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts, she was a member of the Grammy Band and Choir, San Francisco Youth Symphony Orchestra, and Young Musicians Program.
Elena has performed in numerous venues, including: Carnegie Hall, the White House, the Kennedy Center, SF Jazz Center, Davies Symphony Hall, The Jazz Standard, Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola, The Jazz Gallery, Caramoor Music Festival, Moab Music Festival, Monterey Jazz Festival, Marciac Festival, and Montreux Jazz Festival. She has performed in jazz festivals and clubs throughout Europe, Japan, and South America. Elena has performed with Herbie Hancock, Hubert Laws, Kenny Barron, Esperanza Spalding, Ambrose Akinmusire, Vijay Iyer, Christian Scott, Carlos Santana, Orlando "Maraca" Valle, Stefon Harris, Joshua Redman, Josh Groan, and others.
Most recently, Elena recorded on Ambrose Akinmusire's latest Blue Note album, The Imagined Savior is Far Easier to Paint, Wayne Wallace's Grammy nominated album Latin Jazz, Jazz Latin, and performed in the premier of Vijay Iyer's work, Open City. Cited as "the most exciting jazz flautist to have emerged in year" by The Guardian, Elena is currently performing with a range of musicians, as well as with her own group, and touring internationally with Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah and Stefan Harris.
In between tour dates, Elena is recording her debut solo album, which will be released in 2016.