Kandace Springs Trio

Twin bill with Cyrus Chestnut Trio

“A winning fusion of jazz and soul.” - Billboard

There’s an increasingly loud buzz around Kandace Springs, the 27-year-old Nashville-based singer-pianist who combines old-soul jazz sophistication with a tasteful touch of R&B and pop. Although she had great early success with a sparkling debut EP, its combination of R&B and hip-hop wasn’t exactly where Springs wanted to be heading. A chance encounter confirmed this when, after hearing her cover of Sam Smith’s “Stay with Me,” Prince invited her to play with him at Paisley Park for the 30th anniversary of Purple Rain. Fully embracing her new mentor’s advice to ‘be who you are,’ Springs and her expressive, smoky alto soon migrated to Blue Note Records and relaunched herself as a bona fide jazz artist. Her Blue Note debut, 2016’s Soul Eyes, is nothing short of dazzling, revealing the influences of Billie Holiday, Nina Simone, Roberta Flack, and Norah Jones. Springs makes her Victoria debut at TD JazzFest with Dillon Treacy drums, and Jesse Bielenberg bass.

Show sponsored by: Pearlman Lindholm Barristers & Solicitors

Kandace Springs - Talk To Me - Later… with Jools Holland - BBC Two