This week’s Mulligan Stew shines the spotlight on a rising jazz star and her evolving sound.
Nashville’s Kandace Springs released Indigo earlier this month, the follow-up to her critically-loved 2016 debut, Soul Eyes. The newest release draws on Kandace’s fascination with a wide range of sounds: everything from R&B and hip-hop to the classical piano of Chopin and Sergei Rachmaninoff.
Still, the songs never lose the essence of the music she had grown up performing.
“I have a wide spectrum, but my heart is jazz,” she says.
“I grew up playing jazz and listening to Ella Fitzgerald, Nina Simone, Roberta Flack … so my new album that’s coming out, it touches on all kinds of sounds.” While only on her second full-length release, she gained the attention of many fellow artists — including Prince, who was a fan of her first album and listened to the first song from Indigio before his death.
“One thing he always told me was be yourself. Be who you are. Don’t let too much stuff over up your voice, it’s all about your texture and stuff.”
The album includes producers who’ve worked with Madonna, Amy Winehouse, Pink, Rihanna, Common and Erykah Badu.
The releases’s title relates to the fact that indigo has been a significant colour for her in more ways than one. The atmosphere-creating title song, which is divided into short two parts and blends soulful vocals with Rachmaninoff-inspired piano chords and hip-hop beats, got its title because of the colour of the room it was recorded in and the mood it evoked.
Hear more about the album and Kandace’s upcoming B.C. show with the full interview this Saturday on Mulligan Stew at 5pm MT.