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Eva Cassidy

Eva CassidyGrowing up in a musical family, Eva Cassidy began singing at age nine. Her father played acoustic bass, her brother fiddle. She sang with couple rock bands in high school, and did a little country singing one early summer. Eventually, a friend brought her to Chris Biondo's studio and Biondo was blown away by her forceful voice. He encouraged her and helped her find work as a backup singer for various acts. In 1990 Biondo convinced Cassidy to form the 5-piece "Eva Cassidy Band" and she began to perform in the Washington D.C. area.

Cassidy also performed backing vocals on D.C. go-go funksters E.U.'s Livin' Large album (singing all of her own harmony parts to give the illusion of a choir) and, later, on gangsta rapper E-40's "I Wanna Thank You."

In 1991 Biondo played a tape of Eva to Chuck Brown, best known as a "Go-Go" singer, although he is also an accomplished jazz and blues vocalist. This led to the first commercial recording of Cassidy, the duet album The Other Side, which featured performances of classic songs such as "Fever", Billie Holliday's "God Bless the Child" and Eva's signature tune "Somewhere Over the Rainbow". In 1993 the two began performing around the D.C. area together; helped by Brown's outgoing showmanship, Cassidy finally began to lose some of the insecurity and intense fear that usually kept her away from live performance. Several record labels showed interest in signing Cassidy, but her recordings were too eclectic, covering folk, jazz, blues, gospel, R&B, and pop/rock. Unable to categorize her, she remained unsigned.

In September 1993, Eva Cassidy had a malignant mole removed from below her neck. It was a harbinger of things to come. In early 1994, Blue Note showed some interest in teaming Cassidy with a jazz-pop outfit from Philadelphia called Pieces of a Dream. They recorded the single "Goodbye Manhattan" together, and Cassidy toured with them, but didn't really care for their style and returned to D.C., playing more gigs on her own At the end of the year, she won a local music award for traditional jazz vocals.

Unable to secure a record deal, Biondo and Cassidy's manager decided to record an album themselves. In January 1996, Cassidy did two performances at the D.C. club Blues Alley, and despite her dissatisfaction with the quality of her performance, the album Live at Blues Alley was compiled from the recordings and released that year to much acclaim in the D.C. area. It would be the only solo album to appear during Cassidy's lifetime.

Painting murals at elementary schools during the summer of 1996, and began experiencing problems with her hip. Cassidy assumed was related to her frequent use of stepladders at work. Tests revealed that her hip was broken, and further tests revealed the melanoma from several years before had spread to her lungs and bones. Cassidy started chemotherapy, but it was too late. She died of melanoma in November of 1996 at the age of 33, leaving behind a scant few recordings.

D.C.-based Celtic folk singer Grace Griffith finally found some interest in releasing Cassidy's music at the label she recorded for, Blix Street. In April of 1998, Los Angeles-based Blix Street Records released Songbird, a posthumous album that featured tracks from Live At Blues Alley and Eva by Heart (a studio album released locally in the D.C. area in late 1997), along with Eva's re-defining version of "Over the Rainbow" from The Other Side (Eva's 1992 duet album with Chuck Brown). Despite making a number of noted music critics' year-end Top Ten lists in 1998 and earning Record of the Year honors on England's BBC Radio 2, the CD lingered in obscurity for a few years until being given airplay on the BBC. In 2001 both the album and the single "Fields of Gold" reached number one status in the U.K. Sting, the songwriter for "Fields of Gold" was reported moved to tears when he heard Cassidy's version of this song.

Eva Cassidy's recorded legacy continues. In March 2001 the ABC's "Nightline" (US) broadcast a well-received short documentary about Eva Cassidy. A similar broadcast occurred on ITV's "Tonight with Trevor McDonald" (UK) in May 2001. In 2002, figure skater Michelle Kwan brought Cassidy's music to a new audience when she skated to Eva's recording of "Fields of Gold" at the Winter Olympics gala (and then later on tour during the northern summer of 2002). In 2003, American Tune became Eva's third consecutive Number 1 album in the UK, something no other posthumous artist has ever done.

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At 1:44am on October 19, 2008, nicky quick said…
you got my kind of beats going on.. (eternidad) nice soundscape.. like the strings with the piano and guitar.. could imagine it with a soaring lead instrument.. I read here you sing.. so i'll be back... cheers.. :-)
At 3:46pm on August 4, 2008, LANCE MARTIN said…
Faith, you have a very very sweet voice! Make sure you child keeps up the flute; I started playing when I was 7.
At 9:06am on August 4, 2008, Luiz Santos said…
I appreciate it!
All the best to you.
Peace, Luiz
At 5:51pm on August 3, 2008, Damon White ~The SILK ONE!~ said…

At 3:11am on August 2, 2008, Bemol Jean Telfort said…
Hello beautiful,thanks for your friendship,and i enjoyed listening to your music,and your voice is amazing,much success,love,peace and blessings from AL.Bemol
At 4:56pm on July 31, 2008, Joan DesCarpentier said…
Hey there:)) Yes, I have fell behind as well...must be that time of I have so much homework this 6 weeks of Medical Billing & Coding if I stay sane another 3 weeks it will be a true miracle hehehe...He's never failed me yet;) Hey you sure know excellent music that's for sure! I love your music on every I have lost count now..pitiful:)) I just got in from a 3 hour drive to spend time with my grandbaby for a few days so I can relate to all of the above (-:0
At 4:41pm on July 31, 2008, Jae Sinnett said…
That's interesting Faith...I didn't know there was a Crescent City CA. I was writing about New Orleans...which is also known as the Crescent City. The "Undercurrents" was in reference to the destruction caused by Katrina. I learned something from your note so it's all good. Thanks much for being a friend and blessings to you.

At 11:01am on July 23, 2008, Joan DesCarpentier said…
Hey Faith:) How are you doin lady? I came to say hi and get some music for study going. I finally got some rest. I think my last comment to you on WML was all the evidence needed to see...studying does inflict delirium..haha. Have a very blessed day. Mine will be spent writing 4 essays:)))))) Thats too many smiles isn't it? Here is the real deal that I feel..:/ hahaaa This too shall pass
At 5:18am on July 21, 2008, Ray Blue said…
Welcome Faith. This is a swinging network.

Ray Blue
At 1:59am on July 21, 2008, exe*Cute* said…
Hi Faith ....
Welcome to our Family here at TJN ~ Hope You will have a Lot of Fun with us --- as we have Great Talent, and Sounds at this very Special 24/7- J@zzClub !!
... so nice to see You here from WML !

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Jaijai, what a wonderful mission you've undertaken to create such a place for artistic minds to meet and share their hearts. A place to renew faded determinations, and revive lessened momentums. A place to display our wares and reconfirm to one another that we actually are on the right track.

I commend you, Jaijai, for caring so much that you created this castle of the heart for all of us. I want to share my praise for all of the new friends as well as old friends that I've met and will meet here in our castle. Here we can garnish the where-with-all, the strength, the conviction, and the selflessness through our symbiosis, to share our gift to the world with an unbiased agenda.

My mentor, Daisaku Ikeda says of art: "A beautiful flower delights and refreshes the hearts of all people equally, no matter what soil it grows in. That is the power of beauty. The same is true of great art. It is this spirit that the German poet Heinrich Heine sang of when he wrote that once the peapod bursts open, the sugar peas inside are for everyone to enjoy."

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