Eva Cassidy…A Tragic Loss..Of A Beautiful Soul..💔🌹

May peace be in heavento a very talented musician and gentle soul of a truly gifted lady..that was tragically taken away too soon…R.I.P spiritual angel you are still touching the lives of so many….♥️.

Eva cassidy didn’t even intend on becoming famous….she worked in a plant nursery and enjoyed hiking with her family and friends 🥾 above many other things…she was also a fine artist… of paintings and also sketch drawings 🖼 but it was terry wogan who gave her the first break in music with that beautiful voice of jazz and blues….and of course a guitar that eventually made her become a phenomenal hit….

It’s difficult to remember how little known the singer and guitarist Eva Cassidy was at the beginning of 1996, just five years before her Songbird album topped the charts in England and Ireland (and the reissue chart in the U.S.). Even in her hometown of Washington, D.C., she was little more than a rumor to most people. Although she had released a duet album with go-go pioneer Chuck Brown in 1992, The Other Side, she still hadn’t finished her first solo studio album by the end of 1995.

Though she wasn’t a purely jazz singer, jazz informed everything she did. Those 31 songs included jazz standards by Irving Berlin, Billie Holiday and Duke Ellington as well as rock, folk, blues and soul numbers. Cassidy brought a folk-music confessionalism to a standard like Johnny Mercer’s “Autumn Leaves” and a swinging elegance to an R&B tune like Bill Withers’ “Ain’t No Sunshine.”

Cassidy was no diva; she didn’t overload the songs with vocal gymnastics and stratospheric notes. Quite the opposite, she detached the songs from their genre associations, so that each one became a kind of folk-blues-jazz hybrid. She pared them down to their emotional core and glided into that essence with effortless confidence. As important as her calm, unfussy phrasing was the tone of her mezzo voice-so glowing and disarming that she seemed to be confiding in each individual listener….

Dale pitched her to record companies in New York and L.A. All of them loved her voice, but none knew how to market a woman who shrugged off every genre ever applied to her. “I made a very bad mistake,” Blue Note Records president Bruce Lundvall told a reporter in 1997. “I should have signed her.” Cassidy, Lundvall added, “had the most extraordinary and singular voice, not only because of its power but also because of its timbre when she sang quietly. It was so very mysterious-it would just freeze me.”

She was never up on becoming a famous singer…she enjoyed doing what she was doing..and we really didn’t know the wonderful eva until after she had left us….

Following her performance at blues alley club…eva released an album in may of 96…which began to attract more and more attention..But in July, Eva noticed a pain in her hip, and when she was finally convinced to see a doctor, a fatal melanoma cancer was discovered in her bones. In October of 96, she needed a walker to do her last show, and on Nov. 2, 1996, exactly 10 months after the first night at Blues Alley, she died. Her first solo studio album, Eva by Heart, was released by Liaison 10 months later…..

Her first studio album ever to be released ♥️….

On September 17th, 1996, Eva Cassidy sang in public for the last time. Only a few months after the release of LIVE AT BLUES ALLEY…..

One of eva’s last performances…..

Eva sadly passed on 2nd nov 1996…..but the music she had put together before…. this tragic loss will always live on…💔💖

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Somewhere over the rainbow 🌈

Somewhere over the rainbow, way up high
In the land that I’ve heard of once, once in a lullaby
Somewhere over the rainbow, skies are blue
And the dreams that you dare to dream
Really do come trueSomeday I’ll wish upon a star
And wake up where the clouds are far behind me
Where troubles melt like lemon drops
Oh, way above the chimney tops, that’s where you’ll find meSomeday I’ll wish upon a star
And wake up where the clouds are far behind me
Where troubles melt like lemon drops
Oh, way above the chimney tops, that’s where you’ll find meSomewhere over the rainbow
Skies are blue
And the dreams that you dare to dream
Really do come trueIf happy little bluebirds fly above the rainbow, oh
Oh, why can’t I?…..

Take care…♥️💖✌🏼