k.d. lang

Genres: Comedy Country & Bluegrass Drama Kids & Family Music Videos & Concerts Mystery / Thriller Pop / Rock Soundtracks Vocals
Descriptive "tags": female vocalists singer-songwriter country canadian pop folk Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Biography

Kathryn Dawn Lang, 2 November 1961, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. She prefers the lower case appearance of her name because ‘it’s generic and unlike Cherry Bomb, it’s a name, not a sexuality’. This farmer’s daughter from Consort had become a skilled pianist and guitarist by adolescence and, on leaving school, scratched a living in the performing arts, classical and avant garde music, before choosing to sing country - a genre that she had once despised as the corniest in pop. She forsook much of its rhinestoned tackiness for a leaner, more abandoned approach on her 1984 independent debut, A Truly Western Experience. By now lang was known for her slightly skewered sensibility and a tough backing combo, originally comprising Gordon Matthews (guitar), Ben Mink (violin/mandolin), Mike Creber (piano), John Dymond (bass) and Michel Pouliot (drums). She named them the Reclines - a genuflexion towards Patsy Cline.

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