k.d. lang (born Kathryn Dawn Lang) is a Canadian pop and country singer-songwriter and occasional actress. Lang has won both Juno Awards and Grammy Awards for her musical performances; hits include “Constant Craving” and “Miss Chatelaine”. She has contributed songs to movie soundtracks and has teamed with musicians such as Roy Orbison, Tony Bennett, Elton John, Anne Murray and Jane Siberry. Lang is also known for being an animal rights, gay rights, and Tibetan human rights activist. She performed Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” live at the opening ceremony of the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, Canada. Previously, she had performed at the closing ceremony of the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary. (More from Wikipedia)
Alt-country star k.d. lang has had an angular, androgynous persona since her first public appearances in the late 1980’s; she publicly came out as a lesbian in 1992 and has been one of the more activist among popular musicians. The band that k.d. lang formed, the Reclines started out as a Patsy Cline tribute band.
The 1992 album by k.d. lang, Ingénue was a departure from her country-flavored earlier albums like Angel with a Lariat and Absolute Torch and Twang and includes her best known song, the startlingly fantastic “Constant Craving” plus another remarkable track, “Miss Chatelaine”.
Over her career, k.d. lang has collaborated with many prominent musicians from Roy Orbison, to Dwight Yoakam, to Tony Bennett, to fellow Canadian artist Anne Murray. She first came to prominence during a performance at the closing ceremonies of the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary; in 2010, k.d. lang performed Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” at the opening ceremonies of the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver.