Happy birthday k.d. lang!
k.d. lang (born November 2, 1961) is a Canadian singer and songwriter. She mainly writes country, pop, and rock. Some of her hits include "Constant Craving" and "Miss Chatelaine," and she has partnered with such greats as Kitty Wells, Loretta Lynn, Roy Orbison, and Tony Bennett.
Lang was born in Edmonton, Canada to Audrey and Adam Frederick Lang. She grew up on the Canadian prairie. She took piano lessons and began showing vocal talent at a young age.
While attending Red Deer College, she became interested in singer Patsy Cline and decided to start a Patsy Cline tribute band called The Reclines. The band recorded their debut album Friday Dance Promenade in 1983. The band's second album, A Truly Western Experience, was released in 1984 and drew considerable attention to Lang.
She was highlighted at the Juno Awards as the "most promising female vocalist." She was also selected to perform at the World Science Fair in Tsukuba, Japan.
In 1986, she signed a deal with Sire Records and found an audience in the United States. Her first album Angel with a Lariat on Sire was met with critical praise, but it took slightly longer for country audiences to warm up to her. It wasn't until her duet with Roy Orbison on a new recording of his 1961 hit "Crying," for which she won a Grammy (Best Country Vocal Collaboration) that she was accepted as an emerging star in the country world. Following the success of the duet, she was honored as Entertainer of the Year by the Canadian Country Music Association.
In 1989, she released her album Shadowland, which included the hits "I'm Down to My Last Cigarette" and "Lock, Stock and Teardrops." She got to collaborate with some of her idols on this album, Loretta Lynn and Kitty Wells.
Lang faced some adversity being, as she put it, "a lesbian, a vegetarian, a Canadian, and trying to get in with this white, male, Christian society."
She garnered success with her next album, Absolute Torch and Twang (1989), which featured the single "Full Moon Full of Love."
By 1992, Lang veered away from her country influences, releasing the album Ingenue. The album featured her biggest hit to date—"Constant Craving." (image source)
After a soundtrack and another album, Lang teamed up with Tony Bennett on his album Playin' with My Friends: Bennett Sings the Blues (2001), which led to their collaboration on A Wonderful World, a tribute to the late Louis Armstrong.
In recent years, Lang has returned to her country influences. She has released Hymns of the 49th Parallel (2005), Watershed (2008), and Sing It Loud (2011).
Of her most recent achievements, Lang was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame in 2013
- Birthday Date: Sunday, 02 November 2014