Hot on the heels of Kandace Spring’s stunning Cheltenham Jazz Festival performance where she stunned audiences with her ‘intimate, low-key jazz-infused approach’, we are thrilled to have Kandace perform at the festival this year in what will undoubtedly be a wonderful intimate concert, featuring material from her impressive new album Soul Eyes.
There’s an increasingly loud buzz around Kandace Springs and rightfully so! The 27-year-old Nashville-based singer-pianist combines old-soul jazz sophistication with a tasteful touch of R&B and pop.
“This gently acoustic, sophisticated and affecting album is one of the year’s best so far” - The Times
“Embracing mentor Prince’s advice to ‘be who you are,’ the artist crafts a winning fusion of jazz and soul” - Billboard
“A unique pop-jazz sound that owes no debts” - Jazz Times
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. Springs and her expressive, smoky alto recently migrated to Blue Note Records and relaunched herself as a bona fide jazz artist. Her dazzling Blue Note debut, 2016’s Soul Eyes, reveals the influences of Billie Holiday, Nina Simone, Roberta Flack, and Norah Jones.
Through much of Soul Eyes, Springs sings about romantic affairs of the heart, starting off with the effervescent, country laden “Talk to Me,” penned by Harris, who also wrote the gentle, life-affirming “Neither Old Nor Young.” The ruminative “Place to Hide” is a song by Judie Tzuke that Rogers has kept in the back of his mind for some time just waiting for the perfect singer to deliver it.“Every time I play that song, the room goes silent,” Springs says.
Springs’ journey to discovering her uniqueness didn’t happen overnight. In fact, her 2014 self-titled debut EP had a decidedly contemporary R&B/hip-hop bent with production by Pop & Oak (Rihanna, Nicki Minaj, Miguel). The EP was incredibly well-received and led to TV performances on Late Show With David Letterman, Jimmy Kimmel Live and The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, as well as appearances at the Afropunk and Bonnaroo festivals.
The eleven songs contained on Soul Eyes all feature Springs playing piano alongside an illustrious cast of musicians that includes trumpeter Terence Blanchard, guitarists Dean Parks and Jesse Harris, drummer Vinnie Colaiuta, organist Pete Kuzma, bassist Dan Lutz, percussionist Pete Korpela.
Now as Springs continues to develop as singer and songwriter in her own right, she’ll surely win over many other hearts.
“I would like to be known as one of the younger people that are keeping jazz and soul alive and vibrant, I love the realness of jazz and soul.” she says.
Situated in the heart of old Rye, and providing marvelous views over the surrounding area and coast from its tower, St Mary’s has stood for the best part of 1000 years and is home to the oldest still-functioning pendulum clock in the country . It has some fine stained glass, including a window designed by the pre-Raphaelite Burne-Jones in the north aisle. St Mary’s provides a wonderful setting for our live events throughout the festival and has hosted artists including Antonio Forcione, Sarah Jane Morris, Ian Shaw and Ola Onabule.
Facilities at St Mary’s Church
Please note all performances will have an interval of approximately 20 minutes.
St Mary’s Church