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Watch Kandace Springs’ Live Video Of Billie Holiday’s ‘Strange Fruit’

The track will feature on Springs’ forthcoming ‘The Women Who Raised Me,’ her tribute to the female artists that inspired her career.

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Kandace Springs Indigo photo Jeff Forney
Photo: Jeff Forney

Kandace Springs has shared her video performance of Billie Holiday’s ‘Strange Fruit,’ as featured on the acclaimed jazz-soul singer’s forthcoming record The Women Who Raised Me — “the album I’ve been wanting to make all my life,” as she describes it.

As reported, the set will be released on 27 March by Blue Note and is Springs’ celebration of some of the greatest female vocalists, also including Ella Fitzgerald, Roberta Flack, Astrud Gilberto and Lauryn Hill. These and the other artists she covers helped inspire the singer’s career as she grew up in Nashville. She previously shared the audio and video of her version of Sade’s ‘Pearls.’

The artist says that The Women Who Raised Me “really expresses my love for all of these singers and gratitude for what they gave me. Each taught me something different and all of those lessons combined to make me who I am now.”

Springs started her extensive national and international tour on Tuesday (18) with a sellout show at Jazz Alley in Seattle, followed by dates at Yoshi’s in Oakland on Wednesday and Kuumbwa Jazz Center in Santa Cruz last night. “We’re killin’ it here on the west coast!”, she tweeted yesterday.

Tonight (21), Springs plays at bluewhale in downtown Los Angeles, with many more shows to come including residencies in March at the Jazz Standard in New York and Nancy’s Jazz Lounge at the Harold and Dorothy Stewart Centre in St. Louis.

The tour arrives in Europe with a show at Café de Danse in Paris on 28 March, followed by concerts in Leuven in Belgium, Amsterdam, Milan, London (at Alexandra Palace) and Utrecht. The vocalist and pianist is touring in an all-girl trio with Caylen Bryant on bass and Taylor Moore on drums. Full tour details are on her website.

The new album will arrive during a busy release period for Blue Note which also includes records by Tom Misch & Yussef Dayes, Gregory Porter, Nduduzo Makhathini, Charles Lloyd and Agnes Obel.

The Women Who Raised Me is released on 6 March. Scroll down for the tracklisting, and pre-order it here.

1. Devil May Care
2. Angel Eyes
3. I Put A Spell On You
4. Pearls
5. Ex Factor
6. I Can’t Make You Love Me
7. Gentle Rain
8. Solitude
9. The Nearness Of You
10. What Are You Doing The Rest Of Your Life
11. Killing Me Softly
12. Strange Fruit

Listen to Kandace Springs’ complete catalogue on Spotify.

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  1. Dean Minderman

    February 22, 2020 at 1:24 am

    The official name of the venue in St. Louis where Kandace Springs will be performing is the “Ferring Jazz Bistro,” which is the main performance space operated by Jazz St. Louis. Nancy’s Jazz Lounge is an adjacent room across the hall that does not have live music, but does have a video feed from the Bistro.

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