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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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More Resources For Eva Cassidy Info
- Eva Cassidy
A tribute to Eva Cassidy by Mike Schreibman and Maria Villafana. Includes a detailed biography by Joe E Siegel, from the liner notes of 'Eva by Heart'. Liner notes and song details from all her albums.
- Blues Access: One from the Heart
Magazine article about Eva Cassidy, including a brief biography and description of her style of music.
- When Chuck Met Eva
Article from the Washington Post by Jefferson Morley, about Chuck Brown and Eva Cassidy.
- Eva Cassidy Web Site
Comprehensive site about the late singer from her cousin Laura Bligh, including articles, reviews, photos, exclusive interviews with her musical colleagues, guestbook, monthly poll, quiz, news page updated almost daily.
- Who Was Eva Cassidy?
In memory and celebration of the late singer Eva Cassidy, by Loe van Haarlem. Biography, large guestbook, Eva's connection with the town of Annapolis, Maryland, and information about the murals she painted in Annapolis.
- Eva Cassidy
Multimedia section of Niki Lee's website includes a RealAudio clip of one of Niki's songs for which Eva sang backup vocals as part of ensemble, as well as a reproduction of Eva's Blues Alley setlist and a note Eva wrote to Niki the night the album wa
- Audio Feature on Eva Cassidy
Morning Edition, on NPR News, features a nine minute commentary on the life of Eva Cassidy, including interviews with people she knew, including her mother Barbara. Also several musical examples.
- Evasongs - Eva Cassidy Lyrics
Eva Cassidy lyrics and tabs, transcribed from all her records; with notes on the texts and links to sites with relevant information.
- Artwork by Eva Cassidy
Created by Eva's family, this website showcases Eva's artistic talent, with some of her artwork offered for sale here, exclusively.
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 - 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
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