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REAL NAME: Kathryn Dawn Lang
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BIRTHDAY: November 2, 1961
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BIGGEST SINGLE: "Constant Craving" (1992)
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BIGGEST LP: Ingenue (1992)
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GRAMMY AWARDS: 4
button.gif (123 bytes) "I don't think I'll ever have what it takes to be a superstar. I'm too odd for the mainstream. " - k.d. lang, 2000

 
TIMELINE

k.d. langbutton.gif (123 bytes) k.d. (Kathryn Dawn) lang hails from Consort, Alberta, Canada, and was born on November 2, 1961. The uniqueness of k.d.'s singing style has always left people wondering how to classify her. Although she started out on the "country scene," her music has touched showcased many musical styles. The enormity and grandeur of k.d.'s voice allows her the range of musical ability, and gives us a compelling admiration of her sound. For proof of k.d.'s talent, one would only need to listen to her rendition of Roy Orbison's "Cryin'" - quite a step up from her earlier job of driving a grain truck.

1980s...

k.d. lang - Shadowlandbutton.gif (123 bytes) k.d.'s early LPs were predominantly regarded as country releases: A Truly Western Experience (1984), Angel With A Lariat (1987), Shadowland (1988), and Absolute Torch And Twang (1989). It was the release of Shadowland that made music lovers outside the country category begin to take notice of k.d. and comparisons between k.d. and Patsy Cline had become very common.

1989...

February
k.d. lang - Absolute Torch And Twangbutton.gif (123 bytes) k.d won her first Grammy Award for Best Country Vocal Collaboration ("Crying" with Roy Orbison) and was nominated for Best Country Vocal Performance - Female ("I'm Down To My Last Cigarette").

1990...

February
button.gif (123 bytes) k.d won a Grammy Award for Best Country Vocal Performance, Female (Absolute Torch And Twang) and was nominated for Best Country Vocal Collaboration ("Sin City" with Dwight Yoakam) and Best Country Song (songwriter) ("Luck In My Eyes").

1992... # 110 Singles Artist of the Year

March
k.d. lang - Ingenuebutton.gif (123 bytes) k.d. released Ingenue which marked her departure away from country music and into a category of her own. k.d. also achieved pop success with Ingenue with the Top 40 classic "Constant Craving." Her appeal exploded with the LP, single, and accompanying video.

September
button.gif (123 bytes) k.d. hit the Top 40 with "Constant Craving."

1993...

January
button.gif (123 bytes) k.d. won an
American Music Award for Favorite New Adult Contemporary Artist.

February
button.gif (123 bytes) k.d. won a
Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance ("Constant Craving") and was nominated for Album of the Year (Ingenue), Record of the Year, and Song of the Year (songwriter) ("Constant Craving").

July
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k.d. teamed up with Erasure's Andy Bell to cover the classic dance anthem, "No More Tears (Enough Is Enough)" for the Coneheads soundtrack.

September
button.gif (123 bytes) k.d.'s video for "Constant Craving" received a MTV Music Video Award for Best Female Video (a surprising feat considering her music was seldom if ever played on MTV). The video was also nominated for Best Art Direction and Best Cinematography.

1994...

March
button.gif (123 bytes) k.d. was nominated for a
Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance ("Miss Chatelaine").

May
k.d. lang - Even Cowgirls Get The Blues (soundtrack)button.gif (123 bytes) k.d.'s highly anticipated follow-up to Ingenue was released and the LP was the soundtrack to Even Cowgirls Get The Blues. The movie was considered a theatrical and critical flop, yet to k.d. lang fans it allowed new k.d. music to be released before the next "studio" LP.

August
button.gif (123 bytes) k.d. topped the Billboard Hot Dance Music Club Play chart for a week with "Lifted By Love."

1995...

March
button.gif (123 bytes) k.d. was nominated for a
Grammy Award for Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals ("Moonglow" with Tony Bennett).

button.gif (123 bytes) k.d. won a Brit Award for Best International Female Artist.

October
k.d. lang - All You Can Eatbutton.gif (123 bytes) k.d. released All You Can Eat. Although chart single success was limited with the new songs, k.d. did receive a lot of airplay on adult contemporary, alternative, and even dance venues. Between LP releases, k.d. embarked on many tours and contributed to various television performances.

button.gif (123 bytes) k.d. could be heard dueting with Tony Bennett on his Unplugged LP, and singing solo on the MTV Unplugged Compilation, Vol. 1. k.d. also contributed tracks to a PETA Benefit LP, Tame Yourself Compilation ("Damned Ole Dog"), VH1 Crossroads, Red, Hot + Blue ("So In Love"), and teamed up with Elton John on his Duets LP ("Teardrops").

button.gif (123 bytes) k.d. has also tried the acting profession with a notable role in a recent CBS miniseries, The Last Don, playing an over-rambunctious, stressed out movie producer, and also appeared on the infamous Ellen "coming out" episode.

1996...

January
button.gif (123 bytes) k.d. topped the Billboard Dance Club Play chart for a week with "If I Were You."

1997... # 149 Singles Artist of the Year

June
k.d. lang - Dragbutton.gif (123 bytes) k.d. released an LP of cover tunes, Drag containing such covers as "The Joker" and "Theme From Valley Of The Dolls." k.d.'s voice and style truly mesmerize and engulf the listener with "Hain't It Funny."

September
button.gif (123 bytes) When the latest Rolling Stones LP was released there was additional songwriters credited besides Mick and Keith. A songwriting credit was shared with k.d. lang and her writing partner Ben Mink on the track "Anybody Seen My Baby." Apparently the song sounds similar to lang's classic "Constant Craving" - although it is implied as a coincidence. lang reportedly takes the credit as a compliment.

November
button.gif (123 bytes) k.d. could also be heard on the soundtracks for
Tomorrow Never Dies with "Surrender" and Midnight In The Garden Of Good And Evil with "Skylark."

1998...

March
k.d. langbutton.gif (123 bytes) At the 2nd annual GLAMA (Gay/Lesbian American Music Awards), lang received the Michael Callen Medal of Achievement given to an artist who is "committed to the courageous act of engendering, nurturing, and furthering gay and lesbian music." k.d. was also honored with a special achievement award by the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD). lang stated, "It's really taken me about 6 years to process everything that's gone on... All I can tell you is that certainly it's the only way to deal with your life." The award "...is presented to an openly lesbian or gay individual who has achieved excellence in a specific area of media and has furthered the visibility and understanding of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community through his/her work... lang was one of the very first internationally recognized and top selling performers to come out."

1999...

June
button.gif (123 bytes) VH1: 100 Greatest Women of Rock & Roll ranked lang at # 33.

November
button.gif (123 bytes) The Advocate named k.d. as one of the '25 Coolest Women.'

2000... # 171 Singles Artist of the Year

April
button.gif (123 bytes) k.d joined Melissa Etheridge, Garth Brooks, Queen Latifah, the Pet Shop Boys, and George Michael to perform in Washington, DC as part of 'Equality Rocks' - a benefit concert in support of a gay and lesbian human rights campaign (Human Rights Campaign).

June
k.d. lang - Invincible Summerbutton.gif (123 bytes) k.d.'s next LP, Invincible Summer, was released and she said of her new LP: "I feel confident saying it's my best work ever. It's closer to Ingenue but it's happier, more mature, very, very pop and dare I use the 'swear' word, a little bit more accessible."
button.gif (123 bytes) k.d. could be seen in the film
Eye Of The Beholder.

August
button.gif (123 bytes) k.d. was nominated for a MuchMusic Video Music Award for the MuchMoreMusic Award ("Summerfling").

September
button.gif (123 bytes) k.d. hit the Top 40 with "Summerfling."

button.gif (123 bytes) k.d. toured Europe and North America .

December
button.gif (123 bytes) Drag was certified gold.

2001...

January
k.d. lang - Live By Requestbutton.gif (123 bytes) k.d. was nominated for a GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Music Album (Invincible Summer).

August
button.gif (123 bytes) k.d. released Live By Request.

2002...

November
Tony Bennett & k.d. lang - Wonderful Worldbutton.gif (123 bytes) k.d. released A Wonderful World with Tony Bennett - a collection of Louis Armstrong songs.
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Rolling Stone: 50 Essential 'Woman In Rock' Albums includes Shadowland at # 49.

December
button.gif (123 bytes) k.d. topped the Billboard Jazz Albums chart for 15 weeks with
A Wonderful World with Tony Bennett.

2003...

January
button.gif (123 bytes) A Wonderful World was certified gold.

February
button.gif (123 bytes) k.d. was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals ("What A Wonderful World" with Tony Bennett).

September
Remembering Patsy Cline compilationbutton.gif (123 bytes) k.d. could be heard on the compilation Remembering Patsy Cline with "Leavin' On Your Mind."

December
button.gif (123 bytes) k.d. topped the
Billboard Year-End Charts along with Tony Bennett with the Top Jazz Album (A Wonderful World).

2004...

February
k.d. lang - Hymns Of The 49th Parallelbutton.gif (123 bytes) k.d. won a Grammy Award for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album (A Wonderful World with Tony Bennett) and was also nominated for Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals ("La Vie En Rose").

June
button.gif (123 bytes) k.d. released a collection of cover tunes - Hymns Of The 49th Parallel.

September
button.gif (123 bytes) k.d. could be heard on the soundtrack for
Desperate Housewives with "Boom Dreams Of The Everyday Housewife."

2006..

April
k.d. lang - Reintarnationbutton.gif (123 bytes) A collection of older and remastered tracks was released - Reincarnation.

September
button.gif (123 bytes) k.d. could be heard on
Tony Bennett's LP Duets: American Classic on the track "Because Of You."

October
k.d. lang - Watershedbutton.gif (123 bytes) k.d. could be heard on the Happy Feet soundtrack with "Golden Slumbers/The End."

2007..

April
button.gif (123 bytes) k.d. could be heard on the tribute LP
A Tribute To Joni Mitchell with the track "Help Me."

June
k.d. lang - 'Recollectin'button.gif (123 bytes) k.d. could be heard on the compilation LP We All Love Ella: Celebrating The First Lady Of Song on the track "Angel Eyes."

2008...

February
button.gif (123 bytes) k.d. released Watershed. The LP marks the first time k.d. produced all the tracks herself.

2009...

February
k.d. lang - 'Recollectin' (box set)button.gif (123 bytes) The DVD Live With BBC Orchestra was released.

2010...

February
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2011...

April
k.d. lang - 'Sing It Loud'button.gif (123 bytes) k.d. released Sing It Loud.

September
button.gif (123 bytes) k.d. could be heard on the
Tony Bennett LP Duets II on the track "Blue Velvert."

2016...

2017...



LPs
k.d. lang - A Truly Western Experience A Truly Western Experience
Released: 1984
Rolling Stone review: 3 stars from Rolling Stone
Tracks: "Bopalena" - "Pine And Stew" - "Up To Me" - "Tickled Pink" - "Hanky Panky" - "There You Go" - "Busy Being Blue" - "Stop, Look And Listen" - "Hooken On Junk"
k.d. lang - Angel With A Lariat Angel With A Lariat
Released: July, 1987
Tracks: "Turn Me Round" - "High Time For A Detour" - "Diet Of Strange Places" - "Got The Bull By The Horns" - "Watch Your Step Polka" - "Rose Garden" - "Tune Into My Wave" - "Angel With My Wave" - "Pay Dirt" - "Three Cigarettes in An Ashtray"
k.d. lang - Shadowland Shadowland
Released: April, 1988
US: Gold
Billboard peak: # 73
Rolling Stone review: 4 stars from Rolling Stone
Tracks: "Western Stars" - "Lock, Stock And Teardrops" - "Sugar Moon" - "I Wish I Didn't Love You So" - "(Waltz Me) Once Again Around The Dance Floor" - "Black Coffee" - "Shadowland" - "Don't Let The Stars Get In Your Eyes" - "Tears Don't Care Who Cries Them" - "I'm Down To My Last Cigarette" - "Busy Being Blue" - "Honky Tonk Angel's Medley"
k.d. lang - Absolute Torch And Twang Absolute Torch And Twang
Released: May, 1989
US: Gold
Billboard peak: # 69
Rolling Stone review: 4 stars from Rolling Stone
Tracks: "Luck In My Eyes" - "Three Days" - "Trail Of Broken Hearts" - "Big Boned Gal" - "Didn't I" - "Wallflower Waltz" - "Full Moon Full Of Love" - "Pullin' Back The Reins" - "Big Big Love" - "It's Me" - "Walkin' In And Out Of Your Arms" - "Nowhere To Stand"
k.d. lang - 'Ingenue'
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k.d. lang - 'Ingenue' (25th Anniversary Edition)
Ingenue
Ingenue (25th Anniversary Edition)
Released: March, 1992
US: 2x Platinum
Billboard peak: # 18
Rolling Stone review: 4 stars from Rolling Stone
Tracks: "Save Me" - "Mind Of Love" - "Miss Chatelaine" - "Wash Me Clean" - "So It Shall Be" - "Still Thrives This Love" - "Season Of Hollow Soul" - "Outside Myself" - "Tears Of Love's Recall" - "Constant Craving"
k.d. lang - Even Cowgirls Get The Blues (soundtrack) Even Cowgirls Get The Blues (soundtrack)
Released: November, 1993
Billboard peak: # 82
Rolling Stone review: 4 stars from Rolling Stone
k.d. Tracks: "Just Keep Me Moving" - "Hush Sweet Lover" - "Lifted By Love" - "In Perfect Dreams" - "Curious Soul Ashtray" - "Don't Be A Lemming Polka" - "Sweet Little Cherokee"
k.d. lang - All You Can Eat All You Can Eat
Released: October, 1995
US: Gold
Billboard peak: # 37
Rolling Stone review: 3 stars from Rolling Stone
Tracks: "If I Were You" - "Maybe" - "You're OK" - "Sexuality" - "Get Some" - "Acquiesce" - "This" - "World Of Love" - "Infinite And Unforseen" - "I Want It All"
k.d. lang - Drag Drag
Released: June, 1997
US: Gold
Billboard peak: # 29
Rolling Stone review: 4 stars from Rolling Stone
Tracks: "Don't Smoke In Bed" - "Air That I Breathe" - "Smoke Dreams" - "My Last Cigarette" - "The Joker" - "Theme From Valley Of The Dolls" - "Your Smoke Screen" - "My Old Addiction" - "Till The Heart Caves In" - "Smoke Rings" - "Hain't It Funny" - "Love Is Like A Cigarette"
k.d. lang - Invincible Summer Invincible Summer
Released: June, 2000
Billboard peak: # 58
Rolling Stone review: 3 stars from Rolling Stone
Tracks: "The Consequences Of Falling" - "Summerfling" - "Suddenly" - "It's Happening With You" - "Extraordinary Thing" - "Love's Great Ocean" - "Simple" - "What Better Said" - "When We Collide" - "Curiosity" - "Only Love"
k.d. lang - Live By Request Live By Request
Released: August, 2001
Billboard peak: # 94
Live Tracks: "Summerfling" - "Big Boned Gal" - " Black Coffee" - "Trail Of Broken Hearts" - "Crying" - "Don't Smoke In Bed" - "The Consequences Of Falling" - "Miss Chatelaine" - "Three Cigarettes In An Ashtray" - "Barefoot" - "Constant Craving" - "Wash Me Clean" - "Pullin' Back The Reins" - "Simple"
Tony Bennett & k.d. lang - Wonderful World A Wonderful World
Released: November, 2002
US: Gold
Billboard peak: # 41
Tracks: "Exactly Like You" - "La Vie En Rose" - "I'm Confessin' (That I Love You)" - "You Can Depend On Me" - "What A Wonderful World" - "That's My Home" - "A Kiss To Build A Dream On" - "I Wonder" - "Dream A Little Dream Of Me" - "You Can't Lose A Broken Heart" - "That Lucky Old Sun (Just Rolls Around Heaven All Day)" - "If We Never Meet Again"
k.d. lang - Hymns Of The 49th Parallel Hymns Of The 49th Parallel
Released: July, 2004
Billboard peak: # 55
Tracks: "After The Gold Rush" - "Simple" - "Helpless" - "A Case Of You" - "The Valley" - "Hallelujah" - "One Day I Walk" - "Fallen" - "Jericho" - "Bird On A Wire" - "Love Is Everything"
k.d. lang - Reintarnation Reintarnation
Released: April, 2006
Tracks: "Pay Dirt" - "Don't Let The Stars Get In Your Eyes" - "Big Boned Gal" - "Don't Be A Lemming Polka" - "Curious Soul Astray" - "It's Me" - "Luck In My Eyes" - "Diet Of Strange Places" - "Big Big Love" - "Trail Of Broken Hearts" - "Nowhere To Stand" - "Friday Dance Promenade" - "Got The Bull By The Horns" - "Angel With A Lariat" - "Pine And Stew" - "Hanky Panky" - "Pullin Back The Reins" - "Cowgirl Pride" - "Change My Mind" - "Turn Me Round"
k.d. lang - Watershed
mp3 Available at Amazon.com
Watershed
Released: February, 2008
Billboard peak: # 8
Rolling Stone: 3 and 1/2 stars from Rolling Stone
Tracks: "I Dream Of Spring" - "Je Fais La Planche" - "Coming Home" - "Once In Awhile" - "Thread" - "Close Your Eyes" - "Sunday" - "Flame Of The Uninspired" - "Upstream" - "Shadow And The Frame" - "Jealous Dog"
k.d. lang - 'Recollectin'
k.d. lang - 'Recollectin' (box set)
mp3 Available at Amazon.com
Recollection (2CD set)
Recollection (3CD/DVD box set)
Released: February, 2010
Tracks: "Trail Of Broken Hearts" - "Constant Craving" - "The Air That I Breathe" - "Helpless" - "You're OK" - "Western Stars" - "The Valley" - "Summerfling" - "Miss Chatelaine" - "I Dream Of Spring" - "Hallelujah" - "Help Me" - "Hush Sweet Lover" - "Beautifully Combined" - "Cry" (with Roy Orbison) - "Love For Sale" - "Golden Slumbers / The End" - "Barefoot" - "Moonglow" (with Tony Bennett) - "So In Love" - "Calling All Angels" (with Jane Siberry) - "Hallelujah" (New Version)
Box Set Tracks also includes: "Sitting On Top Of The World" - "Sexuality" - "Skylark" - "Helpless (live) - "Wester Stars" (live) - "Wash Me Clean" (live) - "Thread" (live) - "Once In A While" (live) - "I Dream of Spring" (live) - "Smoke Rings" (live) - "The Right To Love" (live)
k.d. lang - 'Sing It Loud'
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Sing It Loud
Released: April, 2011
Tracks: "I Confess" - "A Sleep With No Dreaming" - "The Water's Edge" - "Perfect World" - "Sugar Buzz" - "Sing It Loud" - "Inglewood" - "Habit Of Mind" - "Heaven" - "Sorry Nevermore"
Neko Case, k.d. lang, & Laura Veirs - 'case/lang/veirs'
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Released: June 17, 2016
Billboard Top 200 LPs peak: # 33
Tracks: "Atomic Number" - "Honey And Smoke" - "Song For Judee" - "Blue Fire" - "Delirium" - "Greens Of June" - "Behind The Armory" - "Best Kept Secret" - "1000 Miles Away" - "Supermoon" - "I Want To Be Here" - "Down" - "Why Do We Fight" - "Georgia Stars"
POP SINGLES DISCOGRAPHY [based on The ARC Weekly Top 40 (listing explanation)
1 Constant Craving
Ingenue
25 6 1992 [ LISTEN / BUY ]
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2 Summerfling
Invincible Summer
40 1 2000 [ LISTEN / BUY ]
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  Miss Chatelaine
Ingenue
** ** 1992 [ LISTEN / BUY ]
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  Crying
[Roy Orbison & k.d. lang]
Roy Orbison's King Of Hearts
** ** 1993 [ LISTEN / BUY ]
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  No More Tears
[k.d. lang & Andy Bell]
Coneheads soundtrack
** ** 1994 [ LISTEN / BUY ]
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  Lifted By Love
Even Cowgirls Get The Blues (soundtrack)
** ** 1994 [ LISTEN / BUY ]
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  Just Keep Me Moving
Even Cowgirls Get The Blues
** ** 1994 [ LISTEN / BUY ]
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  If I Were You
All You Can Eat
** ** 1995 [ LISTEN / BUY ]
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  Sexuality
All You Can Eat
** ** 1996 [ LISTEN / BUY ]
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  The Joker
Drag
** ** 1997 [ LISTEN / BUY ]
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  Theme From "The Valley Of The Dolls"
Drag
** ** 1997 [ LISTEN / BUY ]
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  I Dream Of Spring
Watershed
** ** 2008 [ LISTEN / BUY ]
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