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k.d. lang OC (without capital letters; birth name Kathryn Dawn Lang) (born November 2, 1961) is a Canadian singer and songwriter.
Lang was born in the small farming town of Consort, Alberta and grew up on the Canadian prairies. Singing at country and western venues in her homeland, she made several recordings that received good reviews and earned a 1985 Canadian Juno Award for Most Promising Female Vocalist.
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. Her career received a huge boost when rock legend Roy Orbison chose her to record a duet of his standard, “Crying”. Instead of being overwhelmed by the power of Orbison’s three-octave voice, the two blended their tremendous vocal ranges into a riveting collaboration that won them the Grammy Award for Best Country Collaboration with Vocals. 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.
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.
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