Kandace Springs will play The Massry on Saturday, Sept. 28. Photo by Mathieu Bitton
ALBANY — The Massry Center for the Arts kicks off an extraordinary 2019-2020 Season with jazz up-and-comer Kandace Springs.
The Massry Center for the Arts, located on the campus of The College of Saint Rose, presents a 2019-2020 Season of exceptional performances. The line-up includes a performance featuring jazz and soul singer Kandace Spring, on Saturday, Sept. 28.
One of Prince’s last protégés, and called “Nashville’s soulful hidden treasure” by NPR, Springs is one of the premier jazz/soul vocalists of our time.
This season, Saint Rose once again partners with the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall to present the Premiere Performances Series. The series kicks off Sept. 14 with the Saint Rose Camerata, a Saint Rose faculty ensemble offering high-caliber performances to the community at no charge.
Springs is renowned for her unique piano style and soul-drenched, smoky vocals. She is touring in support or her latest album, scheduled to come out next February, entitled “The Women Who Raised Me.” It is a loving tribute to the great female singers who inspired her to begin her journey towards becoming a musician. The album features her unique interpretations of songs that she first heard growing up in Tennessee, and ranges from such classic icons as Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, and Carmen McRae, through 60s legends Nina Simone and Dusty Springfield, and up to modern masters such as Sade and Lauryn Hill.
“My father used to play me records when I was young, and I fell in love right away with all these great singers”, said Springs. “I literally learned to do what I do by singing along with them. Ever since, I’ve wanted to pay that forward by reminding people of how great these ladies are; we all owe them so much.”
The album reunites Springs with Larry Klein, Grammy legend and producer of her brilliant debut LP Soul Eyes. In addition, a stellar cast of guest artists has joined with Springs to make this album a truly special experience. Most notably, Norah Jones sings a duet with her on the classic ballad “Angel Eyes”. “It was incredible to have one of my idols sitting right there, playing and singing with me” said Springs. ‘I’m still pinching myself.”
Tickets are available now, in person, by phone 518-274-7804, or online at www.massrycenter.org or www.troymusichall.org.