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Luba

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There are at least two artists known as Luba - a Canadian and a Russian.

Luba (born Luba Kowalchyk, 1958 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada) is a Canadian singer and songwriter. Growing up, she studied voice, guitar, flute, and piano; she later travelled across Canada to perform traditional Ukrainian folk songs at weddings and social gatherings.

In 1979 she formed the band Luba with drummer Peter Marunzak, guitarist Mark Lyman, bassist Mike Zwonok, guitarist John Nestorowich, and keyboardist Doug Short. They rose to fame in the early 1980s with the release of “Every Time I See Your Picture I Cry”. Their debut EP followed, and in 1984 they released their first full-length album, entitled Secrets and Sins, which spawned the Canadian hit singles “Let it Go” (mixed by Richard James Burgess) and “Storm Before the Calm”. The album, produced by Daniel Lanois earned her a Juno Award in 1985 for Best Female Vocalist.

Luba’s follow up-release, Between the Earth and Sky included the single “How Many (Rivers to Cross)”. Shortly after its release, the band was involved in a serious accident (she was not on board the bus at the time) that nearly killed several members, leading Luba to take some time off. In 1988 she returned with Over 60 Minutes with Luba, a compilation of her best hits of the day. She followed up in 1989 with All or Nothing, which included the singles “Giving Away A Miracle”, “I’ll Watch Over You”, and “Little Salvation”. This would be her last album for a decade. In 2000, Luba released From the Bitter to the Sweet.

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  • suplaa

    my girlfriend - the best is yet to come kids

    29 Jul 2011 Reply
  • 80stimecapsule

    Look for a new CD from Luba soon folks, She says she's working on it now.

    4 Feb 2007 Reply

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