Women’s History Month: k.d. lang and the Siss Boom Bang

k.d. lang and the Siss Boom Band “Sing it Loud” Album Cover (Nonesuch Records, Warner Music Group)

k.d. lang discovered Patsy Cline (an American country music singer) and knew she wanted to be a singer.  This was when she was at Red Deer College in Canada.  In 1983 she formed a Patsy Cline tribute band, the Reclines, and they recorded a debut album, “Friday Dance Promenade.”

k.d.’s career took off when singer-songwriter Roy Orbison chose her to record a duet of his standard, “Crying,” a collaboration that won them the Grammy Award for Best Country Vocal Collaboration in 1989.

Kathryn Dawn Lang was born November 2, 1961 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.  She is a singer-songwriter and record producer who also plays guitar.  She performs with her band, the Siss Boom Bang.

Says k.d., “My music has never really had a home.  I’ve been this floating alternative.  I’m too mainstream for alternative.  I’m too alternative for mainstream.  And I’m just kind of wandering.”

Wandering seems to suit k.d.  She went on to win three more Grammy Awards.  In 1990 she won Best Female Country Vocal Performance for her album, “Absolute Torch and Twang.”  In 1993 she won Best Female Pop Vocal Performance for her song “Constant Craving.”  And in 2004 she shared the Grammy for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album for “Wonderful World” which she recorded with veteran crooner Tony Bennett.   She has also won Juno Awards, Canada’s music awards.

She has performed twice at the Winter Olympics – in 1988 at the closing ceremony with “Turn Me Round” and in 2010 at the opening ceremony with Lenard Cohen’s “Hallelujah.”

“I never get tired of exploring Americana or country music, and I always have a bit of crooner in me that never seems to go away,” k.d. says.

k.d., Berklee City Music celebrates you!

Visit k.d lang’s website: www.kdlang.com

Check out k.d. lang on our “Women in Music” playlist.

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