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  • Soul Eyes Soul Eyes Quick View

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    Soul Eyes

    Singer, songwriter and pianist Kandace Springs will release her debut full-length album Soul Eyes on Blue Note Records. Produced by Grammy-winning producer Larry Klein (Lizz Wright, Melody Gardot, Joni Mitchell, Herbie Hancock), the album touches upon soul and pop while channeling her jazz influences as well as her Nashville upbringing. Kandace counts such stylists as Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Nina Simone, Roberta Flack and Norah Jones as her heroes, but as evidenced by Soul Eyes, Springs mimics none of them.


    Kandace's 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 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.


    Kandace was dubbed a "suave songstress" (Wall Street Journal), "a versatile and vital artist" (Afropunk), and "a vocal force to be reckoned with" (Okayplayer). Essence Magazine named her a New & Next artist and Interview Magazine made her their Music Discovery, writing that while "Hearing the word jazz might revert a listener's thoughts to the music of yesteryear...Up-and-comer Kandace Springs aims to change this notion. The singer, songwriter, and pianist blends elements of soul, jazz, and pop, producing a unique and modern twist on the genre that appeals to young and old listeners alike."


    As amazing an experience as that was, as Kandace got ready to record her album she couldn't shake the feeling that she wasn't yet singing her true self. Conversations with her longtime producers Carl Sturken and Evan Rogers led to soul searching and rethinking her musical direction. Also during this period, Kandace attracted the attention of Prince, who heard her makeover of Sam Smith's "Stay With Me" on the website Okayplayer. The music icon invited her to perform with him at Paisley Park for the 30th anniversary of Purple Rain. "He encouraged me a lot before I recorded this new record, especially during the time in which I was trying to figure out my sound," Kandace says. "He told me that I needed to do what comes naturally to me. He was absolutely right."


    For Soul Eyes, Kandace continued working closely with Rogers and Sturken, but they also recruited Klein to help the singer bring out her distinctive artistic traits. "Larry wanted me to be free in the studio," she recalls. "I've been through a lot of other sessions in which the producer tries to take control of your sound. Larry was just like, 'Go in and play what you feel.' That ultimately led to the best outcome; he captured this record perfectly."


    Klein praises Kandace as a "natural." "In this era, in which flash and hunger for fame is often equated with talent, she's that rare person who sings and plays because that is what she needs to do in life," he says. "When I first heard Kandace, I was sold after hearing one song. Her smoky voice coupled with a sense of phrasing way beyond her years, and her angular way of accompanying herself on piano grabbed me right away."


    The eleven songs contained on Soul Eyes are a mix of Kandace's originals and co-writes as well as the jazz classic "Soul Eyes" and songs by Jesse Harris, Shelby Lynne, War, and others. The album features Kandace's 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.

    1. Talk To Me
    2. Soul Eyes feat. Terence Blanchard
    3. Place To Hide
    4. Thought It Would Be Easier
    5. Novocaine Heart
    6. Neither Old Nor Young
    7. Too Good Too Last feat. Terence Blanchard
    8. Fall Guy
    9. The World Is A Ghetto
    Kandace Springs
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  • Holidays Rule Vol. 2 Holidays Rule Vol. 2 Quick View

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    Holidays Rule Vol. 2

    Holidays Rule Volume 2, a joyful and diverse collection of seasonal music featuring an array of convivial contributions from across the musical spectrum, is set for release via Capitol Records.


    The set is a sequel to the popular 2012 collection, and features 16 new recordings by beloved artists including Norah Jones, Grace Potter, Rosanne Cash, The Decemberists, and Lake Street Dive, alongside up and coming artists such as Barns Courtney, Albin Lee Meldau, Calum Scott, Kandace Springs, and Vera Blue. The album delves into an unusually rich assemblage of Pop, R&B, Rock, Americana, Jazz, Mariachi, and more.


    Holidays Rule Volume 2 lets today's artists put their own mark on tradition by offering wonderfully fresh takes on holiday chestnuts old and new (Barns Courtney and Lennon Stella remake 'Baby, It's Cold Outside'; Judah & The Lion reinvents 'The Christmas Song'; Albin Lee Meldau delivers a soulful version of Mariah Carey's 'All I Want For Christmas Is You'), reframing songs for the holiday season (The Decemberists cover Big Star's 'Jesus Christ'; Norah Jones covers Horace Silver's 'Peace'; MUNA covers McCartney's 'Pipes of Peace'), unearthing rarities (Kandace Springs delivers a glistening new version of '(Everybody's Waitin' For) The Man With The Bag'; Rosanne Cash dusts off Louis Jordan's 'May Ev'ry Day Be Christmas'; Lake Street Dive offers up the cheeky novelty song 'I Want A Hippopotamus For Christmas'), and contributing new songs to the seasonal repertoire (Grace Potter's original song 'Christmas Moon').

    1. Paul McCartney, Jimmy Fallon and The Roots - Wonderful Christmastime
    2. Barns Courtney Feat. Lennon Stella - Baby, It's Cold Outside
    3. Albin Lee Meldau - All I Want For Christmas Is You
    4. Calum Scott - It's Beginning To Look Like Christmas
    5. Kandace Springs - (Everybody's Waitin For) The Man With The Bag
    6. Norah Jones - Peace (Live at the Sheen Center)
    7. Grace Potter - Christmas Moon
    8. Rosanne Cash - May Ev'ry Day Be Christmas
    9. Judah & The Lion - The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire)
    10. The Decemberists - Jesus Christ
    11. Lake Street Dive - I Want A Hippopotamus For Christmas
    12. Flor De Toloache - That's What I Want For Christmas
    13. Vera Blue - A Winter Romance
    14. MUNA - Pipes of Peace
    15. US Girls - Blue Christmas
    16. Andrew McMahon - What Are You Doing New Year's Eve
    Various Artists
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  • 36 Seasons 36 Seasons Quick View

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    36 Seasons

    Tony Starks returns to Staten Island after 9 years, like a man returning home from a war. He wants the company of old friends, to reunite with his girl, to live a quiet life. But New York has other plans for him Pitchfork Media has said "Ghostface has unparalleled storytelling instincts. He might be the best, most colorful storyteller rap has ever seen". Q Magazine called him "rap's finest storyteller". On his new release 36 Seasons those powers have never been more in-focus, as he takes his listeners on a gut-wrenching journey of double-cross and revenge through the rough and rugged housing projects of New York's Staten Island.


    On 36 Seasons Ghostface once again delivers exactly what the hardcore Wu-fans crave: desperate tales from the dark side over soulful boom-bap tracks. The soundscape is provided The Revelations
    [Brooklyn's acclaimed soul band/production team]. Their hard-hitting tracks match the intensity of Ghost's violent narrative. His co-stars on 36 Seasons are legendary lyricists and storytellers in their own right, 3 of the greatest of all-time: AZ, Kool G Rap and Pharoahe Monch. The album also features vocal contributions from Blue Note Records' rising star Kandace Springs and gritty soul singers Rell and Tre Williams.

    1. The Battlefield
    2. Love Don't Live Here No More
    3. Here I Go Again
    4. Loyalty
    5. It's A Thin Line Between Love and Hate (Interlude)
    6. The Dogs of War
    7. Emergency Procedure
    8. Double Cross
    9. Bamboo's Lament (Interlude)
    10. Pieces to the Puzzle
    11. Homicide
    12. Blood in the Streets
    13. Call My Name
    14. I Love You For All Seasons (Outro)
    Ghostface Killah
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