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Eva Cassidy

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Washington DC, United States (1963 – 1996)

Eva Marie Cassidy (February 2, 1963 in Washington, DC – November 2, 1996 in Bowie, Maryland) was an American vocalist described by the British newspaper The Guardian as “one of the greatest voices of her generation.” She had a diverse repertoire of jazz, blues, folk, gospel and pop. Cassidy remained virtually unknown outside of her native Washington, DC, when she died of melanoma (which had spread to her bones) in 1996. Her posthumously released recordings have since sold in excess of four million copies, and in early 2001 the compilation album Songbird reached #1 on the UK album charts.

Eva Cassidy was the third of four children born to Hugh and Barbara Cassidy. From an early age, she displayed artistic and musical talent. When she was nine years old, her father taught her to play the guitar, and she began to play and sing at family gatherings.

While a student at Bowie High School, she did sing with a local band, called Stonehenge, and received considerable praise.

At the age of eighteen, Cassidy began her professional career, singing and playing guitar in a Washington, D.C., area band, called Easy Street. This band performed in a variety of styles, at weddings, corporate parties, and pubs.

During the summer of 1983, Cassidy sang and played guitar, six days per week, at Wild World, in Maryland. Her brother Dan was also a member of this working band.

Throughout the 1980s, Cassidy worked with a number of other bands, including the soul and Motown-oriented band The Honeybees, and the techno-pop band Characters Without Names, later called Method Actor.

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  • martakaszlikows

    I love this song and her vocal

    7 Dec 11:31am Reply
  • musiciswind

    Recently I discovered her. Her voice is powerful.

    21 Oct 11:58am Reply
  • trash-magic

    I remember hearing her voice growing up, always makes me so sad to think about how much she had left to give.

    20 Aug 5:43pm Reply
  • UesugiKenshin

    Gotta love Wade in the Water!

    8 Jul 12:56pm Reply
  • mc_dull

    you are an angel

    16 May 3:31am Reply
  • sheezanerd

    I'm so sad I'm just now hearing her gorgeous voice and finding out she passed in 96.

    31 Mar 2:07pm Reply
  • Qyaffer

    god bless

    23 Feb 12:09am Reply
  • playboy69x

    Fields of Gold is so beautiful.

    7 Feb 9:24pm Reply
  • tonnyaranha

    Breathtaking voice. I love her "Fields of Gold" version.

    7 Feb 4:59am Reply
  • kovisnot

    I love her voice.

    7 Jan 3:50pm Reply
  • QCdude

    Amazing voice with soul +++....Love her renditions!

    10 Nov 2013 Reply
  • JuttaE

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    29 Oct 2013 Reply
  • synkro

    Sky (a British network) had a good documentary about her not too long ago. You can find it if you know where to look. http://docuwiki.net/index.php?title=Eva_Cassidy:_Timeless_Voice

    13 Aug 2013 Reply
  • JustAKayee

    There are some tracks on 'Eva By Heart' and 'Live At Blues Alley' that are just blowing my mind right now. She was incredible.

    7 Jun 2013 Reply
  • davidgeorgea

    Eva The voice of an Angel . She has given us a wonderful collection of brilliant songs which will always stand alone as a record of her talent . (( * _ * )) .

    15 Mar 2013 Reply
  • Chris_CFJ

    Fields of Gold <3

    12 Mar 2013 Reply
  • BJBooth

    One of the saddest stories in all of music. Never published until fans helped to do so, but only after she succumbed to cancer at 32 I believe. What a marvelous singer, could hit every note in the scale easily. Listen to Wade In The Water, if it doesn't get you, you have no pulse.

    10 Dec 2012 Reply
  • etiopczyk

    autumn leaves <3

    27 Nov 2012 Reply
  • Ioganymed

    a bold young farmer is the best song from eva. love it.

    12 Nov 2012 Reply
  • musinum

    Breath-stealing and heartbreakingly, achingly beautiful. We had her for a short time but now we have her forever.

    28 Oct 2012 Reply
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