Pianist/Singer Kandace Springs to Release Anticipated New Album “Run Your Race” on April 5th, 2024 | WATCH NEW VIDEO!


Lead Single “Run Your Race” Pays Tribute To Springs’ Late Father, Track Star/Musician Kenneth “Scat” Springs

Upcoming Tour Includes Sold-Out Show At Zankel Hall At Carnegie Hall In NYC On February 24

UPDATE March 1st, 2024: Watch Official Music Video for New Single “What Was I Made For?” Below!

Kandace Springs – praised by her late mentor Prince as having a “voice that can melt snow” – will release her new album, Run Your Race, on April 5. She produced the album alongside Evan Rogers and Carl Sturken for SRP Records, which released Rihanna’s first seven albums.

Whereas 2020’s The Women Who Raised Me found Springs performing the music of iconic female vocalists like Billie Holiday, Nina Simone, Sade, Bonnie Raitt and Ella Fitzgerald (with Kandace and Norah Jones teaming up on Fitzgerald’s “Angel Eyes”), Run Your Race is full of songs written by Springs. The new album is named for her father, the late Kenneth “Scat” Springs, who fronted his own R&B band and sang backup for everyone from Garth Brooks to Aretha Franklin. He passed away in 2021.

Today, Kandace shared the title track, “Run Your Race,” a gospel-tinged, spiritually uplifting summation of her life with her father.

“He was one of my biggest influences growing up, teaching me everything from how to sing, piano, sports and more,” recalls Kandace. “He was a track star in college. Some of the records he set still haven’t been broken. Due to health reasons, he spent the last two years of his life in a wheelchair, unable to run. Now he’s finally free to run his race.”

The poignant official video features evocative photos of “Scat” along with footage of Kandace performing “Run Your Race” in a studio, accompanying herself on piano, and at a local Nashville track where she used to run with her dad when she was a child.

Kandace will be premiering songs from her forthcoming album when she returns to the road with her all-female band next month. The tour launches with a two-night stand at Blues Alley in Washington, DC (February 3 and 4) and will conclude with a sold-out show at Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall in New York City on February 24. The Zankel Hall show sold out just two hours after it went on sale. See below for complete tour itinerary. Tickets are available HERE.

Following high school, Kandace found herself parking cars at the Marriott in downtown Nashville during the day and playing in the hotel’s lounge at night, but her talent wouldn’t remain hidden for long. Rogers and Sturken, who had previously discovered and launched the career of Rihanna, brought her to New York and to the attention of Don Was of Blue Note Records. Her debut release landed her on “The Late Show With David Letterman” and “Jimmy Kimmel Live!”

In addition to Prince and Norah Jones, Kandace has also collaborated with the Wu-Tang Clan’s Ghostface Killah, drummer/producer Karriem Riggins (Common, J Dilla, Kanye), Christian McBride and David Sanborn. She’s performed at Royal Albert Hall and the Newport and Monterey jazz festivals and won Germany’s Deutscher Jazzpreis for Best Jazz Vocal Album.

When live performances were put on hold by the pandemic, Kandace returned to Nashville and channeled her energies into restoring and selling vintage cars, another one of her passions. The time off gave her clarity on her career, and she knew what she had to do next: record an album of original songs as a memorial to her father, who during this time had passed away from complications from a stroke. Kandace collected unreleased songs from every period of her life, some of which she had actually written with her dad’s help when she was a teenager.

“I had to find a way to thank him,” she explains. “He was the biggest influence on my life and my music, on everything about me really.”

Kandace Springs Photo Credit: Bob Palmieri

Kandace Springs – Tour Dates

2/3 – Washington, DC – Blues Alley – 7 PM and 9 PM shows
2/4 – Washington, DC – Blues Alley – 7 PM and 9 PM shows
2/14 – Hamilton, ON – FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre
2/16 – Kingston, ON – Kingston Grand Theatre
2/22 – San Francisco, CA – SFJAZZ Center
2/24 – New York, NY – Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall

Twitter: @kandacesprings

Judi Kerr Public Relations

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