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Eva Marie Cassidy, 2 February 1963, Oxon Hill, Maryland, USA, d. 2 November 1996, Bowie, Maryland, USA. Growing up in a musical family on the outskirts of Washington, DC, Cassidy sang as a small child and later learned to play the guitar. Her father, a teacher of children with learning disabilities and a part-time musician, formed a family band with Eva, her brother, Daniel, on violin, and himself on bass. She became more involved with music and painting as a teenager, balancing her artistic pursuits with the demands of her day job in a local garden centre. In 1986 she did the art work for a projected album by a local band, Method Actor. She was asked to sing on the album and was heard by producer and bass player Chris Biondi who, impressed by her raw talent, encouraged her and introduced her to other musicians. Cassidy appeared on several albums as a backing singer, including 1989s Livin Large by Washington, DC go-go funksters E.U..