After getting her foot in the door in 2015, Kandace Springs is ready to kick it down in 2016. The Nashville born and bred singer/pianist/songwriter has already attracted national attention for her musical skills, stunning voice, and equally stunning beauty. Now, with the upcoming release of her debut album, Soul Eyes, on Blue Note/Capitol Records, she is ready to conquer the world with her unique blend of soul, jazz and pop.
Growing up in rural Tennessee, Kandace gravitated to music at an early age, due mainly to the influence of her father, a professional R&B singer. A self-taught pianist, she discovered the classic jazz and soul of such greats as Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, and Nina Simone – “That’s how I became inspired to become a musician, and those artists continue to influence what I do,” she recalls. After high school, she began playing solo at a lounge in a hotel in downtown Nashville, where she also worked parking cars to pay the bills.
Evan Rogers and Carl Sturken, who had previously discovered and signed Rihanna, heard her and immediately recognized her special talent. Soon the three found themselves at Capitol Studios, where Kandace performed an impassioned rendition of Bonnie Raitt’s “I Can’t Make You Love Me“ for Don Was, president of Blue Note Records, who signed her on the spot.
While writing and recording for her debut album, Kandace tested the waters with an EP release, and the response was immediate – in short order she found herself appearing on The Late Show With David Letterman, Jimmy Kimmel Live! and Live From Daryl’s House, as well as guesting with Ghostface Killah on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. Live appearances followed, including performances at the Afropunk and Bonnaroo festivals. And Kandace gained one rather special fan – Prince, who invited her to perform with him at Paisley Park for the 30th anniversary of Purple Rain
But throughout all of this, there was an album to be finished. Grammy Award-winning producer Larry Klein, who garnered Album of Year honors in 2008 for Herbie Hancock’s River: The Joni Letters, was brought on board to bring Kandace’s musical vision to reality. He pulled together an A-list group of players, including Grammy-winning trumpeter Terence Blanchard, master drummer Vinnie Colaiuta and guitar legend Dean Parks, and recorded the entire album live in the studio over the course of two weeks in the fall of 2015. The result is a jazz/soul masterpiece, with a level of subtlety and nuance that is rare in today’s music. From covers of classic songs to brilliant new originals, Kandace Springs shines through as one of the most special voices of her generation.
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.
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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 52 million Twitter followers and 81 million Facebook Likes. In addition to her 23 Top 10 singles, she also has 18 #1 singles on the Billboard Dance Club Song Charts.