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Birth name: Kathryn Dawn Lang.
Born: November 2, 1961 Edmonton, Alberta Canada.

K.D. Lang biography (bio):
Early years:
Lang was born November 2, 1961 in Edmonton, Alberta to Audrey and Fred Lang. The family moved to Consort, Alberta, when she was nine months old, and there she grew up with her 2 sisters and 1 brother, on the Canadian prairies.

Lang was first drawn to country music when she attended Red Deer College. Soon, she became fascinated with the life and music of Patsy Cline and ultimately determined to pursue a career as a professional singer. Lang formed a Patsy Cline tribute band called the Reclines in 1983, and they recorded a debut album, Friday Dance Promenade. A follow-up album, A Truly Western Experience, was released in 1984 and received strong reviews and which led to national attention in Canada.

Singing at country and western venues in Canada, she made several recordings that received good reviews and earned a 1985 Canadian Juno Award for Most Promising Female Vocalist. She accepted the award wearing a wedding dress and made numerous tongue-in-cheek promises about what she would and would not do in the future, thus fulfilling the title of Most Promising. Lang has won eight Juno Awards.

In 1986, she signed a contract with an American record producer in Nashville, Tennessee, and received critical acclaim for her 1987 album, Angel with a Lariat which was produced by Dave Edmunds.

Career rise:
Her career received a huge boost when Roy Orbison chose her to record a duet of his standard, "Crying". Instead of being overwhelmed by the power of Orbison's voice, the two blended their vocal ranges into a collaboration that won them the Grammy Award for Best Country Collaboration with Vocals.

The year 1988 marked the release of Shadowland, an album of torch country produced by the legendary Owen Bradley. That year she performed "Turn Me Round" at the closing ceremonies of the XV Winter Olympics in Calgary, Alberta. Later that same year she would sing background vocals with Jennifer Warnes and Bonnie Raitt for Orbison's acclaimed television special, Roy Orbison and Friends, A Black and White Night. Lang also guest-starred on Pee-wee's Playhouse Christmas Special in 1988, where she sang "Jingle Bell Rock".

Grammy Awards and mainstream success:
K.D. Lang won the Grammy Award for Best Female Country Vocal Performance for her 1989 album, Absolute Torch and Twang. The single "Full Moon of Love" that stemmed from that album became a modest hit in the United States in the summer of 1989 and a number 1 hit on the RPM Country chart in Canada.

Her cover of Cole Porter's "So In Love" appears on the Red Hot + Blue compilation album and video from 1990, a benefit for AIDS research and relief.

The album Ingnue in 1992, a set of adult contemporary 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 is a Canadian women's magazine which 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 colours and a profusion of bubbles reminiscent of a performance on the Lawrence Welk show.

Lang contributed much of the music towards Gus Van Sant's soundtrack of the film Even Cowgirls Get the Blues (1993), and also did a cover of "Skylark" for the 1997 film adaptation of Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. She also performed "Surrender" for the closing titles of the James Bond film Tomorrow Never Dies, having previously worked with Bond composer David Arnold on his album Shaken and Stirred: The David Arnold James Bond Project.
In 1996, she was made an Officer of the Order of Canada.

Lang ranked #33 on VH1's 100 Greatest Women in Rock & Roll in 1999 and #26 on CMT' 40 Greatest Women in Country Music in 2002, one of only seven women to make both lists. The others were Patsy Cline, Tammy Wynette, Loretta Lynn, Dolly Parton, Emmylou Harris, Linda Rondstadt, and Lucinda Williams.

In 2003, she won her fourth Grammy Award, this time for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album for her collaboration with Tony Bennett, A Wonderful World.

On subsequent tours critical acclaim continued to come her way. In 2004, Stephen Holden of The New York Times wrote: "Few singers command such perfection of pitch. Her voice, at once beautiful and unadorned and softened with a veil of smoke, invariably hits the middle of a note and remains there. She discreetly flaunted her technique, drawing out notes and shading them from sustained cries into softer, vibrato-laden murmurs. She balanced her commitment to the material with humor, projecting a twinkling merriment behind it all."[4]

In the same year, she released Hymns of the 49th Parallel, which featured cover versions of songs by iconic Canadian singer-songwriters: Bruce Cockburn, Leonard Cohen, Joni Mitchell, Ron Sexsmith, Jane Siberry, and Neil Young.[5]

Also in 2004 she sang the song "Little Patch of Heaven" for the Walt Disney Feature Animation film Home on the Range.
On July 29, 2006, Lang performed her hit "Constant Craving" at the Outgames Opening Ceremonies in Montreal, Canada.

In 2006 Lang duetted with singer Madeleine Peyroux on a cover of the Joni Mitchell song "River" for Peyroux's album Half the Perfect World. That same year Lang was featured in Nellie McKay's second album, Pretty Little Head, singing with McKay in "we had it right". In 2006 Lang sang a version of The Beatles' "Golden Slumbers" for the Happy Feet film soundtrack.

In 2007 she will be partnering with Anne Murray on a re-make of Murray's hit "A Love Song," to be featured on Murray's CD Anne Murray Duets: Friends and Legends. The duet was recorded in Los Angeles, and on Murray's official website there is a picture of Murray and Lang kneeling behind Murray's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Anne Murray was Lang's childhood idol.

Annie Lennox has joined forces with Angelique Kidjo and 22 other female artists to raise the awareness of the transmission of HIV to unborn children in Africa. Sing will be released on World Aids Day on December 1st 2007, when Annie Lennox appears at the next Nelson Mandella 46664 concert in South Africa.
She is due to release an album of new material, Watershed in February 2008. It will be her first collection of original material since Invincible Summer in 2000.

Film and television career:
Lang played the lead in the 1991 drama film Salmonberries, and also costarred with Ewan McGregor and Ashley Judd in Eye of the Beholder (1999). Lang had an uncredited role as a lounge singer in 2006's The Black Dahlia. She has also made guest appearances on the sitcoms Dharma & Greg and Ellen.

Activism:
In addition to her musical talents, K.D. Lang, who came out as a lesbian in a 1992 article of the LGBT-related news magazine The Advocate, has actively championed gay rights causes. She has performed and supported many causes over the years, including HIV/AIDS care and research. She is sometimes known for utilizing an androgynous physical appearance. Her animal rights vegetarian stance including a "Meat Stinks" campaign created much controversy, particularly at her hometown in the middle of Alberta's cattle ranching industry.

In the early 1990's, lang appeared on the cover of Vanity Fair magazine. The cover featured lang in a barber chair while model Cindy Crawford appeared to shave her face with a straight razor. The issue contained a detailed article about lang, which observed that lang had thought that she would be ostracized by the country-music industry when she came out as a lesbian; Nashville was accepting, and her records continued to sell. However, when she came out as a vegetarian, Nashville was appalled, and she, then, was ostracized. (A common explanation is that the average male country star dreams of retiring to a cattle ranch but does not dream of marrying a lesbian.)
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