Kandace Springs has released the new track and live video for “Solitude”, the second single off the album The Women Who Raised Me, which is out now. Carmen McCrae’s great rendition of the Duke Ellington standard resonated deeply with Springs, and the song is given new life in Kandace’s version. Featuring tenor saxophonist Chris Potter — her luscious vocals invoke a rainy day; reflective melancholy. Says Springs, “Carmen was a singer that I came to appreciate later than a lot of the other singers on this album. That’s good in a way, because she’s maybe the deepest of them all… I’ve learned so much from listening to her, and every time I listen I keep learning more.”
The Women Who Raised Me features songs made famous by some of history’s most iconic vocalists: Ella Fitzgerald, Roberta Flack, Astrud Gilberto, Lauryn Hill, Billie Holiday, Diana Krall, Carmen McRae, Bonnie Raitt, Sade, Nina Simone, and Dusty Springfield. The album also has a collaboration with musician Norah Jones, who Springs describes as the “ultimate inspiration.”
Recently, Springs released a chill-inducing live performance of the harrowing standard “Strange Fruit”. With just piano and vocals filling the room, Kandace is glowing from a red-hued light — a fitting setting for her performance of the bloody, emotionally fraught masterwork of a song.
In March, Springs will be doing a four-night stay at the Jazz Standard in NYC from March 12-15 showcasing selections off The Women Who Raised Me.
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