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k.d. lang

When k.d. lang released her first major-label album in 1987, she caused considerable controversy within the traditional world of country music. With her vaguely campy approach, androgynous appearance, and edgy, rock-inflected music, very few observers knew what to make of her or her music, although no one questioned her considerable vocal talents. That confusion never quite dissipated over the course of her career, even when she abandoned country music for torchy adult contemporary pop in 1992 with her fourth album, Ingénue.

Born in Alberta, Canada, lang was first drawn toward music while she was in college. In particular, she was attracted to the music of Patsy Cline. She became acquainted with Cline's music while she was preparing to star in a collegiate theatrical production based on the vocalist's life. Soon, lang immersed herself within Cline's life and music and decided that she would pursue a career as a professional singer. With the help of guitarist/co-songwriter Ben Mink, she formed a band, named the Reclines in tribute to Patsy Cline, in 1983, and they recorded a debut album, Friday Dance Promenade, which received some positive notices in independent papers. A follow-up album, A Truly Western Experience, was released in 1984 and received even better reviews and led to national attention. In 1985, lang was named the Most Promising Female Vocalist by the Juno Awards.

All of the Canadian attention led to the interest of a number of American record labels. Sire signed lang in early 1986, and she recorded her first record for the label later that year. The result, Angel with a Lariat, was produced by Dave Edmunds and appeared in the fall of 1986. The mix of '50s-styled ballads, kitschy rockabilly, and honky tonk numbers on Angel with a Lariat received good reviews, especially from rock critics. The album had heavy support from college radio as well as cutting-edge country stations. Though it was a mainstream hit in Canada and an underground smash in the U.S., Nashville resisted lang, especially her tongue-in-cheek concert appearances. As she was recording her second Nashville album in 1987, lang performed a duet with Roy Orbison on his old hit "Crying," which was recorded for the film Hiding Out. The single was released at the end of the year and was a hit, marking her first appearance on the country charts.

Shadowland, her second Sire album, made her debt to Patsy Cline explicit. Recorded with Cline's producer, Owen Bradley, the album lacked the campy humor of Angel with a Lariat, which helped it succeed in traditional country circles -- "I'm Down to My Last Cigarette," the first single from the record, was her first to break the country Top 40. Shadowland became a sizable word-of-mouth hit, both in modern country and alternative music circles, which led to it going gold. The following year lang released the harder-edged Absolute Torch and Twang, which increased her mainstream American country audience, in addition to being a college radio and Canadian hit. Lang won a Grammy -- Best Country Vocal Performance, Female -- for the album in 1989, and "Full Moon of Love" became a Top 25 hit in the summer of 1989. The attention made lang a minor celebrity, which meant that when she launched a protest against meat eating in 1990, it became a media sensation.

Before the release of her fourth album, lang declared that she was a lesbian in an interview in The Advocate, which could have been a risky proposition, since Nashville's industry was notorious for not accepting people who fell outside of the margins of the mainstream. However, the new album was not a country album. Ingénue was a set of adult contemporary pop that owed very little to country. Its first single, "Constant Craving," became a Top 40 American hit and won the Grammy Award for Best Pop Vocal Performance, Female, leading the album to platinum status in America, Britain, and Australia; it went double platinum in Canada.

Ingénue won lang a new audience, but she didn't immediately produce a follow-up to it. Instead, her next recorded work was the largely instrumental soundtrack for Gus Van Sant's film adaptation of Tom Robbins' Even Cowgirls Get the Blues in 1993; the soundtrack was actually released several months before the film. It wasn't until 1995 that lang delivered All You Can Eat, her full-fledged follow-up to Ingénue. All You Can Eat continued the pop direction of its predecessor, showing no traces of country. The album didn't enjoy the mass commercial acceptance of Ingénue, but it was a moderate success, proving that she had a dedicated cult following. Lang continued to follow her pop-oriented instincts on 2000's Invincible Summer, while embracing traditional popular standards on 1997's Drag (a collection of songs about smoking) and in her duet with Tony Bennett on his 2001 set Playin' with My Friends: Bennett Sings the Blues. (Lang also went out on the road with Bennett for a successful co-headlining concert tour.)

In 2004, after lang's contract with Sire Records ran its course, she signed with the artist-friendly Nonesuch imprint and recorded Hymns of the 49th Parallel, a collection of tunes by Canadian songwriters. Reintarnation, a compilation of her Sire years, was released in 2006, and lang unveiled her first batch of original material in eight years with 2008's Watershed. Lang's third Nonesuch effort, the purportedly country-centric Sing It Loud, arrived in April 2011. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine, Rovi
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Comments

K.d.knows what she's singing she gets it.shes precious and no one can top her on this song no one
tamara.fetze r
she did not write Halleluja that was written by Leonard Cohen a dear friend of my parents..gen i u s . . s o many others too many to count..soulf u l and real..like the smell of rain on the pavement and green grass cut for the first time...nothi n g else..compar e s really.
jones.st.cro i x
tall in the saddle - rips it up
plr14
k.d. - Your voice and musical interpretati o n is beautiful. I love to listen to your music.
Nice one from you k.d
I love kid lang-- but I think this is strictly a Neil young song...sorry kd
evemcc1
Wow! god blessed you and disregard the folks who think that they know what god thinks or means. They will find that they will judge here but HE will finally judge.
What an AMAZING voice!
1 say iPhone 5 times 2 post this on 2 other songs 3 look under your pillow
Shut up and enjoy the music.
What a blasphemous song. The lyrics state doubt of God, yet hallelujah? Maybe people who don't know what hallelujah means shouldn't be singing it.
jones.st.cro i x
god what a voice!
Silverkittyg i r l I'm you're follower
Nice voice
I love this song so much that I wish I was him!!!!!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! : )
deep:/troll :$griefer
What a voice. My God, what a voice!
Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However, if you don't post this you will die in 2 days. Now you've started reading so don't stop. This is so scary put this on at least 5 songs in 143 minutes when done press f6 and your lovers name will appear in the screen in big letters. This is so scary because it actually works!
Not be crass, but the chick can sing
I hope she would enjoy the irony in that statement
Love her cover of Hallelujah!! !
Pure velvet, soul mixed with sugar. Can't get better. She has stood the test of time. I have been enjoying her music for at least 20 years or more. Looking forwards to the next 20
meyoutooo
I went to see her in Chastain park in Atlanta,a great outdoor veue. She really gave a great performance. I t was around 1995. She did her entire concert Barefoot. I worked m way to the stage and when she was touching the audiences hands I reached out and touched her Bare left foot . It was the coolest thing. She has great energy.
Heck yeah, dpinaz51. It's her voice and nothing but. Brilliance from another Canadian. Glad she crossed the border so I could enjoy her too.
dpinaz51
Straight or Gay should not be an issue, she is a beautiful woman with a GREAT voice....I just love her... and if she were my daughter i would be proud....... from a Straight Guy in Phoenix....
rraubdds
I love her sound but.....I just wish she was STRAIGHT
SHE.... IS.... PERFECTION!! ! !
I would die to meet her... but my wife would kill me lollolololol o l
Hallelujah!! ! ��
jeffrey_a_da n i e l s
Lyrics are wrong on Hallelujah by k.d. lang
First time hearing this song. Love it.
I needed this song today
glenlandry88 8
most feeling, the best we got
Her voice leaves me craving for more, love her.
Have followed her from the very start...she is AMAZING !!!! Love, love ,love her voice...her passion makes me cry.
She takes my breath away!
francine.blu m e
Most perfect voice ever.
I must admit that Butch can belt out a tune with the best of them.
Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of you life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However if you don't post this you will die in 2 days. Now you've started reading so don't stop. This is so scary put this on at least 5 songs in 143 minutes. When done press f6 and your lover's name will come on the screen in big letters. This is so scary because it actually work
HOLY MOTHER OF WALRUS POTATOES SHE'S GOOD!!!
Unbelievable
Beautiful inside and out. I fell in love with K.d. The first time I heard her voice. Once I thought Anne Murray was the purest voice from canada but I stand corrected.






Aw
queenmomgail
Oh, my God...WHAT A VOICE...AMAZ I N G !!!
amazing talent!
royaldmd
Her voice knocks me out! Always has and always will! I can't think of anything she sings I don't like and that includes this one!
Her song comes from deep within from the tips of her toes on up...she is a good example of how to live a song - not just sing the notes!
whitelaceblu e
An absolutely wonderful heartfelt voice.... the notes that she sings go right through me....love her
www.duckling 4 4 4
kd! I first heard and saw you in a little dress w/boots, not trying to tell how old we are, tee hee! b.
One of, if not the finest, voices in the industry. The lady is a fantastic entertainer.
Awesome sad song
mgbilz
Disappointed the Pandora Bio completely left out she performed Hallelujah at the Winter Olympic. It was the most beautiful and moving rendition of the song I have ever heard.
I thought it was a man by the sound of her voice oops now I feel bad ;(
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