From Pur­ple Rain to the Toronto Jazz Fes­ti­val

Thornhill Post - - Arts -

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).

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