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Issue 1099

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Kandace Springs : Union Chapel London 14/11/2016

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I guess you can safely say last weekend will be seen as a decisive moment in Ms Springs career smashing it at the jazz voice gala and London EFG Festival opener,in front of a 40 piece orchestra and finally her first batch of gigs in her own right in the UK and and as usual,she took it her stride and delivered an absolutely stunning performance at the union chapel.
It's without doubt definately the best venue in london for when you just want to listen in peace to something so special as this soul jazz siren yet paradoxically she's a normal bubbly girl from Nashville!

Kandace has a pleasingly rich, yet sober approach to singing in which the use of vibrato is highly contolled and matched by just the right amount of phrasal ornamentation which enriches the emotional charge of her performance. On a repertoire of astutely chosen standards she wowed the crowd with gorgeous, stirring versions of Soul Eyes', 'I'll Never Be The Same',The Nearness Of You',How Insensitive' and 'Gentle Rain 'bolstered by cuts from her excellent debut album that required strength of character as well as attention to detail she fared extremely well.

Tonight, perched at a majestic black grand piano stage right,Springs seemed downright jovial and elated as she reminisced and added colorful banter between songs ranging from musical memories about her upbringing and hearing Norah Jones for the first time as she channelled the greats such as Nina Simone and Roberta Flack for in reality,she has an old head on young shoulders and there were many mesmeric moments throughtout the evening.Backed. by a new topflight rhythym section of Jesse Bielenberg on double bass, Dillon Treacy on drums with special guest and co -writer Jesse Harris on guitar,the scene was most definately set.
Tracks such as 'Talk To Me','Novacaine Heart' and 'Neither Young Nor Old' stood up remarkably well to the american songbook all unified by KS's fine melodic ear,clearly-enunciated lines and breathy timbres.It is a brave, single-minded artist who chooses to fly in the face of the current commercial tide and this girl is sticking to her guns.
A spine-tingling concert which enraptured one and all.I'ts going to be fascinating to see what this uber talented girl does next - rest assured we are watching her closely- kings may be wrong but Prince never!
Words Emrys Baird

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