With fiery vocal technique and melodic, expressive songs, Kandace Lindsey strikes a chord of authenticity with audiences across the globe. Her soulful style is powerful, yet heartfelt — a blend of rock, blues, and soul.
Kandace has deep musical roots. Born and raised in Phoenix, she dreamt of performing like her mother and the lineage of singers before her. Even as a young girl she would sing and play the piano, accompanied by her father on saxophone, to the tunes of greats like Aretha Franklin, Sly Stone, Tina Turner, and Chaka Kan. She fell in love with soul, blues, and good-old fashion rock-and-roll. Her global travels, even as a young girl, gave Kandace a love of world music and flair for the international.
Early in her career, Kandace was afforded the opportunity to sing a duet with Latin superstar, Marc Anthony. After an impressive performance of “Ahora Quien,” Anthony invited her to join a series of consecutive worldwide tours. Her work with Anthony caught the attention of Jennifer Lopez, who also invited Lindsey to be a part of her traveling tour of performers.
Returning to her home in Los Angeles, Kandace recorded her fourth solo effort, “Acoustic Fire.” Aptly named, the album not only brings musical “heat”, but she warms the listener’s soul with organic, raw, emotional, and even vulnerable flavor. Each track is a magical mix of acoustic rock and soulful sound. Of the EP’s six songs, Kandace’s original song “Believe” is proving to be an audience favorite. In addition to cascading energy and spirited musicality, the message of “Believe” resonates with listeners. “People need to have hope and faith. They need something to believe in,” says Lindsey. “When people take a step out of their comfort zone, they need some encouragement.” The album has been her most successful solo effort to-date, earning her a consideration on the 2011 Grammy® Award Nomination ballot.
It would not be uncommon to hear Kandace’s wailing vocals filling the air at The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf or providing a little listening pleasure while waiting for Verizon to activate your iPhone. You might even try on the latest fashions at Abercrombie and Fitch or sweat your way through your daily workout at 24-Hour Fitness to the sound of Kandace’s gripping tunes. She might even escort you safely to your destination while hosting US Airways “New and Now Artists” broadcast or adding her melodies to the Silky Soul and Songwriter’s Channels on XM Sirius Radio. In addition to filling the audio airwaves, she is a skilled session singer, lending her voice and songwriting prowess to numerous television commercials including those of Hyundai, Nike, and Budweiser as well as television hit series such as MTV’s Real World, and Showtime’s Weeds. Her original recording of “Phoenix Will Fly” was used as the theme song for the WNBA Championship team, the Phoenix Mercury, and in half time performances for the NBA’s Phoenix Suns and the NBA Entertainment League Celebrity Game.
Outside of the studio, though, is where Kandace really shines. With strong Latin influences and a natural affinity for Spanish and Portuguese, Kandace has been invited to sing around the world in exotic destinations such as Hungary, Brazil, and most recently, Italy, for the prestigious 32nd Roccella Jazz festival. She is a local favorite at popular Los Angeles venues including the world-famous House of Blues, the Viper Room, Hotel Café, and WitzEnd. Her big voice and even bigger heart have earned her invitations to sing at events such as Covenant House’s “A Magical Night of Hope” Annual Gala, Playground of Dreams, and SGI-USA Music for Peace. She is no stranger to broadcast television, either, having been invited to sing on the Oprah Show, American Idol, Saturday Night Live, the Tonight Show and even the Grammy Awards.
A beautiful mix of diverse cultural and musical influences, intense energy, and impressive vocal skill, Kandace is a true artist. Her powerful performances captivate listeners from the first delicate note until the last resounding wail. In the words of Earnest Harris, of Huffington Post, “Every once in a while when you watch a singer and performer put on a show, you are overwhelmed by what you see and hear. I can’t say this happens often. In fact, it is quite rare. But . . I got the chance to watch a performance by someone that moved me so deeply that even I was surprised. I was able to experience the performance of Kandace Lindsey at House of Blues Sunset Strip . . . I am now one of her biggest fans.”