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K.d. Lang Biography,Career,Songs and Awards

About K.d. lang

Kathryn Dawn “K.D.” Lang, OC, known by her stage name k.d. lang, is a Canadian pop and country singer-songwriter and occasional actress,born November 2, 1961. Lang was born in Edmonton, Alberta, to Audrey Bebee and Adam Frederick Lang. She is of English, Irish, Scottish, German, Russian Jewish, Icelandic, and Sioux ancestry. When Lang was nine months old, her family moved to Consort, Alberta, where she grew up with two sisters and one brother on the Canadian prairie. Her father, a drugstore owner, left the family when she was twelve.

After secondary school, Lang attended Red Deer College, where she became fascinated with the life and music of Patsy Cline and decided to pursue a career as a professional singer. She moved to Edmonton her graduation in 1982 and formed a Patsy Cline tribute band called the Reclines in 1983. She and the Reclines recorded a debut album, Friday Dance Promenade, at Sundown Recorders. Label owner Larry Wanagas became her personal manager. The first band featured Stu Macdougal on keys, Dave Bjarnson on drums, Gary Koligar on guitar and bassist Farley Scott.

The group regularly played Edmonton’s popular Sidetrack Cafe, a local venue that featured live bands six nights a week. In 1983, Lang presented a performance-art piece, a seven-hour re-enactment of the transplantation of an artificial heart for Barney Clark, a retired American dentist. A Truly Western Experience was released in 1984 and received strong reviews and led to national attention in Canada. In August 1984, Lang was one of three Canadian artists to be selected to perform at the World Science Fair in Tsukuba, Japan (along with other performing and recording contracts throughout Japan).

Lang began to establish an appearance and style referred to as “cowboy punk” She would later recall the inspiration for her defining look in an interview with The Canadian Press: “I used to sew plastic cowboys and Indians on my clothes – just having fun with it on a budget. I was broke at the time, so I’d find things at Value Village or get my mom to make me a skirt from the curtains she was about to throw out. I loved playing with the clothes as much as the music.”

Lang made several recordings that received very positive reviews and earned a 1985 Juno Award for Most Promising Female Vocalist. She accepted the award wearing a wedding dress borrowed from her male roommate at the time. She also made numerous tongue-in-cheek promises about what she would and would not do in the future, thus fulfilling the title of ‘Most Promising’. She has won a total of eight Juno Awards. Lang signed a contract with an American record producer in Nashville In 1986, Tennessee, and received critical acclaim for her 1987 album, Angel with a Lariat, which was produced by Dave Edmunds.

K.d. Lang Career rise

In 1988, Lang earned his first international recognition when she performed as “The Alberta Rose” at the closing ceremonies of the Winter Olympics. Lang’s career received a huge boost when Roy Orbison chose her to record a duet of his standard, “Crying, ” a collaboration that won them the Grammy Award for Best Country Collaboration with Vocals in 1989. The song was used in the Jon Cryer film Hiding Out released in 1987. Due to the success of the song, Lang received the Entertainer of the Year award from the Canadian Country Music Association. Lang would win the same award for the next three years, in addition to two Female Vocalist of the Year awards in 1988 and 1989.

The year 1988 marked the release of Shadowland, an album of torch country produced by Owen Bradley. In late 1988, Shadowland was named Album of the Year by the Canadian Country Music Association. That year she also performed “Turn Me Round” at the closing ceremonies of the XV Winter Olympics in Calgary, Alberta, and sang background vocals with Jennifer Warnes and Bonnie Raitt for Orbison’s acclaimed television special, Roy Orbison and Friends, A Black and White Night. Lang contributed the song “So in Love” to the Cole Porter tribute album Red Hot + Blue produced by the Red Hot Organization in 1990. In 1998, she contributed “Fado Hilário” to the AIDS benefit compilation album Onda Sonora: Red Hot + Lisbon produced by the same organization.

K.d. Lang Photo

K.d. Lang Photo

K.d. Lang Awards

Lang landed himself a win in the American Grammy Award for Best Female Country Vocal Performance for her 1989 album, Absolute Torch and Twang. The single “Full Moon Full of Love” that stemmed from that album became a modest hit in the United States in the middle of 1989 and a Number 1 hit on the RPM Country chart in Canada.
The 1992 album, Ingénue, a set of adult-oriented pop songs that showed comparatively little country influence, contained her most popular song, “Constant Craving.” That song brought her multi-million sales, much critical acclaim, and the Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance. Another top ten single from the record was “Miss Chatelaine”. The salsa-inspired track was ironic; Chatelaine, a women’s magazine, once chose Lang as its “Woman of the Year, ” and the song’s video depicted Lang in an exaggeratedly feminine manner, surrounded by bright pastel colors and a profusion of bubbles reminiscent of a performance on the Lawrence Welk show.On April 21, 2013, during the 2013 Juno Awards, Lang was formally inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame. She is notable for praising Canadians and “letting your freak flags fly” during her acceptance speech.

K.D Lang Songs

  1. Exactly Like You
  2. La Vie En Rose
  3. I’m Confessin’ (That I Love You)
  4. You Can Depend On Me
  5. What a Wonderful World
  6. That’s My Home
  7. A Kiss To Build a Dream On
  8. I Wonder
  9. Dream a Little Dream of Me
  10. You Can’t Lose a Broken Heart
  11. That Lucky Old Sun (Just Rolls Around Heaven All Day)
  12. If We Never Meet Again
  13. The Lady Is a Tramp (Duet with Lady Gaga)
  14. One For My Baby (and One More For the Road) (Duet with John Mayer)
  15. Body and Soul (Duet with Amy Winehouse)
  16. Don’t Get Around Much Anymore (Duet with Michael Buble)
  17. Blue Velvet (Duet with k.d. lang)
  18. How Do You Keep the Music Playing (Duet with Aretha Franklin)
  19. The Girl I Love (Duet with Sheryl Crow)
  20. On the Sunny Side of the Street (Duet with Willie Nelson)
  21. Who Can I Turn To (When Nobody Needs Me) (Duet with Queen Latifah)
  22. Speak Low (Duet with Norah Jones)
  23. This Is All I Ask (Duet with Josh Groban)
  24. Watch What Happens (Duet with Natalie Cole)
  25. Stranger in Paradise (Duet with Andrea Bocelli)
  26. Save Me
  27. The Mind of Love
  28. Miss Chatelaine
  29. Wash Me Clean
  30. So It Shall Be
  31. Still Thrives This Love
  32. Season of Hollow Soul
  33. Outside Myself
  34. Tears of Love’s Recall
  35. Constant Craving
  36. After the Goldrush
  37. Simple
  38. Helpless
  39. A Case of You
  40. The Valley
  41. Hallelujah
  42. One Day I Walk
  43. Fallen
  44. Jericho
  45. Bird on a Wire
  46. Love Is Everything

K.d. Lang Video