Twenty-five years ago the idea that an openly gay and very butch woman could become a pop idol was seismic. Now she can just make her music. Lang at her home. By Penelope Green. And she still performs barefoot, a habit acquired because she was tired of the plastic Payless boots she used to favor in deference to her vegan beliefs. But Ms. The record, which went platinum, made Ms. It would also become Ms. I felt that it was a sellout at the time. She has been playing all its songs straight through during concerts in 19 cities in the United States including at the Beacon Theater in New York on March 26 , after spending much of last year doing the same thing in Australia and Canada.
‘I’ll Never Be Billie Holiday’
At first, nobody quite knew what to make of k. When she started her career, she at first tried to make it in the world of contemporary country music. To an extent, she succeeded in that. She notched a pair of gold-selling albums that were highlights of the format during a time where the music scene was a bit more open to different sounds, but radio never really caught on--her biggest single only hit No. Still, even as her style was so different from other artists, at the time, there was something about that voice. A few years later, the world caught on to the music of k. Simply said, she is that damn good.
Singer k. Lang was born in Canada and grew up in the town of Consort. Lang started singing as a child and began her musical career after attending Red Deer College. She released her debut album in Canada in the early s. In , Lang tried to break into the American country music scene with Angel with a Lariat. The following year, she had her first country hit, a duet with Roy Orbison. Switching to a more traditional pop vocal style, Lang had her biggest pop hit in with "Constant Craving. Lang was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame in
Lang is also known for being an animal rights , gay rights , and Tibetan human rights activist. She is a tantric practitioner of the old school of Tibetan Buddhism. Previously, she had performed at the closing ceremony of the Winter Olympics in Calgary, Alberta. Lang possesses the vocal range of a mezzo-soprano. After secondary school, Lang attended Red Deer College , where she became fascinated with the life and music of Patsy Cline and decided to pursue a career as a professional singer. Label owner Larry Wanagas became her personal manager. The Reclines regularly played Edmonton's popular Sidetrack Cafe, a local venue that featured live bands six nights a week. In , Lang presented a performance-art piece, a seven-hour re-enactment of the transplantation of an artificial heart for Barney Clark, a retired American dentist. In August , Lang was one of three Canadian artists to be selected to perform at the World Science Fair in Tsukuba , Japan along with other performing and recording contracts throughout Japan.