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Updated on April 1, 2016

The Beautiful Music of Eva Cassidy

The first time I heard Eva Cassidy singing "Autumn Leaves" on a local radio program, I decided to buy the album. It instantly became one of my top favorites and I became an Eva Cassidy fan. If you are a fan, I hope you will enjoy this lens. If you are not already a fan, I think when you discover Eva Cassidy's music, you will become a fan as well.

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What People Say About Eva's Music

I love the comments people leave on this page. Here are my favorites.

GypsyOwl wrote "Thank you for introducing me to Eva Cassidy! She is amazing. Love her style. I can not believe I haven't heard about her before now. Looking forward to hearing more of her work."

Sometimes Eva's music is played at funerals as I learned by comments people have left on this page.

An anonymous person wrote "Some Where Over The Rainbow I played at my beloved mother funeral. It was beautiful and touched all her friends, family and work friends." And LisaA wrote the Songbird was her mom's favorite and was "played at her funeral, so it holds a special place in my heart, Evas voice is just wonderful too!"

See more comments at the end of this page and won't you leave your thoughts in the comments, also?


A Reader's Comment

An anonymous person wrote "Eva does things to tunes that are so musical, so original, you can hear them over and over. Her Somewhere Over The Rainbow is miles beyond anything else that's been done with that tune!"

Over The Rainbow

Eva Cassidy's Somewhere

"Somewhere is a collection of previously unreleased songs, including two co-written by Eva. 'Somewhere' was written with Chris Biondo, and 'Early One Morning', a traditional English folk song, was adapted and set to original music by Eva and Rob Cooper." ~Amazon

Eva Cassidy's Short Life

By the time the voice of Eva Cassidy hit the airwaves, she had already passed away at the far-too-young age of 33 from melanoma. After treatment, she recorded several collections of pop, blues, and jazz tunes, but the cancer returned after only two years.

"Cassidy made one more public appearance in 1996, performing "What a Wonderful World," a rendition that still takes one's breath away today." ~http://www.evacassidy.org

"What Eva Cassidy had in her short life was an unbelievably perfect voice and a musical soul that grasped gospel, folk, blues, jazz, and all points in between as if they were mere stops on a single train ride." --Andrew Bartlett, Amazon Review

What A Beautiful World Live At Blues Alley Video - Eva Cassidy

Live at Blues Alley

Eva Cassidy's 1996 Live Album shows her full range with "Paul Simon's "Bridge over Troubled Water," Buffy Sainte-Marie's "Tall Trees in Georgia," and "What a Wonderful World." She makes Sting's "Fields of Gold" an emotional powerhouse and with Billie Holiday's "Fine and Mellow," she earns her place among the great singers "who could take any song and stamp it indelibly as their own."


Autumn Leaves Live At Blues Alley Video - Eva Cassidy

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Time After Time

Eva Cassidy performing Time After Time at the Blues Alley jazz supper club in Georgetown, DC, on the 3rd January 1996.

Eva Cassidy's Time After Time

"..she earns her place among the great singers--artists who could take any song and stamp it indelibly as their own." --Andrew Bartlett, Amazon Review

Songbird

Songbird - Eva Cassidy

Billy Grenier writes that Songbird is a "fine introduction to a true talent." He writes that Casssidy has an "astonishing ability to make both classic and contemporary songs sound like they were written just for her."

This album include Cassidy's interpretation of Sting's "Fields of Gold" and shows her ease in the realms of pop (Christine McVie's "Songbird"), soul ("People Get Ready"), gospel ("Wade on the Water"), and traditional standards ("Autumn Leaves" and "Over the Rainbow").

She remained virtually unknown in her lifetime but has been afforded great critical and popular acclaim following the posthumous release of her vocal recordings.

"Cassidy sang with an unaffected purity and an astonishing ability to make both classic and contemporary songs sound like they were written just for her. Framed by understated jazz and pop arrangements, Cassidy's clear, soulful voice and exquisite phrasing make her that rarest of vocalists whose interpretations are a complement to any song." --Billy Grenier, Amazon Review

What Are Your Thoughts About Eva Cassidy? - I want to hear from you.

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      Pat 5 years ago from Midwest, USA

      @anonymous: I'm sorry about your mom, and I'm sure the music touched everyone there.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Some Where Over The Rainbow I played at my beloved mother funeral. It was beautiful and touched all her friends, family and work friends.

      Eva voice was truly amazing, she really made my mothers last day special.

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      Paul 5 years ago from Liverpool, England

      I don't normally buy "best of" type albums but the posthumous Songbird is a wonderful collection - thank you for a really good Eva Cassidy lens.

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      Nicole Pellegrini 5 years ago from New Jersey

      Thanks for introducing me to Eva. As a Police/Sting fan I had to click on the link to hear her version of "Fields of Gold" and it's beautiful.

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      gottaloveit2 5 years ago

      What a beautiful voice. So sorry she was taken so young. She left quite a legacy.

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      Christine Larsen 5 years ago from South Australia

      Ah-h-h...she was & will always be gorgeous. Thank you sincerely,

      Christine

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      E L Seaton 6 years ago from Virginia

      Great voice and a real talent. Thanks for the lens. OBTW, What a wonderful world is a great tune.

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      Peggy Hazelwood 6 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      Eva Cassidy has a beautiful voice. Nice tribute.

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      Lisa Auch 6 years ago from Scotland

      What a lovely page for Eva Cassidy, this was my mums favourite- songbird and played at her funeral, so it holds a special place in my heart, Evas voice is just wonderful too! Blessed!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      What a talent. Like Gypsy Owl I too have never heard of her before. Nicely done lens. Thank you for the introduction.

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      Pat 7 years ago from Midwest, USA

      @GypsyOwl: I'm glad you share my enthusiasm for Eva's music!

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      Deb Bryan 7 years ago from Chico California

      Thank you for introducing me to Eva Cassidy! She is amazing. Love her style. I can not believe I haven't heard about her before now. Looking forward to hearing more of her work.

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      Pat 7 years ago from Midwest, USA

      @PaulaMorgan: Thanks, emerald125.

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      reasonablerobby 7 years ago

      One of the most beautiful voices ever. A sad loss of a wonderful talent.

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      Paula Morgan 7 years ago from Sydney Australia

      I absolutely love Eva Cassidy - I discovered here just a few years ago and now have all her albums.. good lense thanks

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      Pat 7 years ago from Midwest, USA

      @reasonablerobby: So true! What's your favorite songs that she sings?

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      kimmanleyort 7 years ago

      Yes, she certainly does have the voice of an angel and you have paid a lovely tribute to her. Lensrolled to my Autumn Leaves lens.

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      kimmanleyort 7 years ago

      Yes, she certainly does have the voice of an angel and you have paid a lovely tribute to her. Lensrolled to my Autumn Leaves lens.

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      ronpass lm 8 years ago

      Superb singer whose music I play almost daily. Great lens with lots of links and resources.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 8 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      This is great! I enjoyed it and learned a lot of new things. Thank you.

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      Joan4 8 years ago

      Enjoyed!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Eva does things to tunes that are so musical, so original, you can hear them over and over. Her "Somewhere Over The Rainbow" is miles beyond anything else that's been done with that tune!

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      clouda9 lm 9 years ago

      Absolutely inspired by this song bird! Thank you for sharing!

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      Fox Music 9 years ago

      Thank you!!