From Purple Rain to the Toronto Jazz Festival
A few years ago, Kandace Springs tried to reach out to the late, great Prince, and after a failed attempt, the iconic musician retweeted a video of Springs covering Sam Smith’s “Stay With Me,” followed by a message that he wanted to bring her to his Paisley Park Studios. “I played the 30th Purple Rain anniversary show, this last-minute party in 2014,” she says. Since then, Springs has released her stunning debut album, Soul Eyes, and is gearing up for her sophomore effort due out in early 2018. “It’s exciting,” she says. “It’s going to be cool, edgier.” Fans can hear a few tracks from the upcoming album when Springs visits Toronto on June 27 as part of a stellar Toronto Jazz Festival lineup that also includes Joss Stone, Gregory Porter and Bill Frisell (Torontojazz.com).