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Overview (4)

Date of Birth 2 November 1961Consort, Alberta, Canada
Birth NameKathryn Dawn Lang
Nickname The Alberta Rose
Height 5' 9" (1.75 m)

Mini Bio (1)

k.d. lang was born on November 2, 1961 in Consort, Alberta, Canada as Kathryn Dawn Lang.

Trade Mark (2)

No capital letters
Mezzo-soprano vocals

Trivia (17)

Born at 2:03am-MST.
Father - Adam Frederick Lang (commonly known as Fred) Mother - Audrey occupation - teacher (Parents married around 1945-194? - shortly after WWII).
Siblings: John (b. c. 1950) Jo Ann (b. c. 1955) Keltie (b. c. 1958)
Family religious affiliation = protestant Born Edmonton, Alberta Educated - Consort, Alberta.
Family heritage reportedly - Dutch, English, Icelandic, Irish, Scottish and German Jewish - also rumour in family claims Cree background.
Ranked #33 on VH1's 100 Greatest Women of Rock N Roll.
Is a vegetarian.
Reportedly does not use capital letters in her name as a tribute to poet e.e. cummings.
Near the end of his life, Roy Orbison was very close friends with her. One of his last recordings was a cover version of "Crying", sung by both of them as a duet.
Attended the special dinner at Sony Studios in Los Angeles to honour the singer and activist Sting as MusiCares 2004 Person of the Year. The evening celebrated Sting's contribution to popular music, and honoured his charitable work with Amnesty International and the Rainforest Foundation. Other stars in attendance included Kylie Minogue, Elton John and Dido. (6 February 2004).
Has appeared on the first cover of "Entertainment Weekly" magazine (2/16/1990).
She has won several music awards: the Grammy, MTV Video Award, American Music Award and the Juno (Canadian Grammy).
Winner of the 1995 Brit Award for International Female.
She was awarded the OC (Officer of the Order of Canada) by the Governor General of Canada on November 14, 1996 for her services to music.
Enraged Alberta cattle farmers in the mid 1990s, when she did a commercial urging people not eat beef and become a vegetarian.
Received a star on Canada's Walk of Fame in Toronto, Ontario on June 3, 2008.
Los Angeles, California [June 2007]

Personal Quotes (10)

I think masculinity is bravado against the mystery of the universe of women. It's just a fear of not knowing what women have that's so powerful. It's this shield they put up to try to get closer.
One of the reasons I wouldn't sleep with a man is because I wouldn't feel equal, both in that I feel more spiritually advanced than men, and because society places men over women. How do you feel equal when you're with a man?
I think I have always known it, but I didn't really know there was a name for it, or that it was different, but I have always felt inclined towards women. I have felt inclined towards men - not as deeply or sexually as towards women - but I'm definitely attracted to men.
[on her idol, Peggy Lee] I became a complete junkie for her . . . She represents an era that is leaving us, one where vocals were king.
[on managing her career] I don't want to have it on the front burner. I like it just simmering. I feel at ease right now because it's at a manageable level. People aren't chasing me around with cameras and making me feel uncomfortable anymore. I often say fame is kind of like a drug or like sugar: when it's controlling you it doesn't feel good at all.
[on social networking] It gives me the heebie-jeebies,to be quite honest. The tweeting thing, to me, is just really unnerving. I'm not not interested in [hearing about] somebody having a MacDonald's burger and then 'oh my god, there's a dog crossing the street'.
I don't sing in the shower but hiking, yes. Every day I sing a little something, to the radio or to the dogs, or a song will come into my head and I'll sing a line of it, randomly.
[on performing one's own songs] As a songwriter you have an umbilical cord to the song and it's hard to expand on your understanding of the lyrics. Whereas when you cover a song you can create your own reason why you're attached to it.
[on considering herself an artist without a genre] I think I fall into a lot of cracks in terms of I'm too something. I'm too this, I'm too that. And 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.
[on singer Cass Elliot] It's the timbre of her voice and also her attitude and being a big woman like that and being confident. I'm very attracted to that sort of confidence and individuality. She was cool.

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