A native of the Washington, D.C., Eva Cassidy earned a reputation as a masterful interpreter of standards from virtually any genre, blessed with technical agility and a passion that cut straight to the emotional core of her material. Despite the evocative instrument that was Cassidy's voice, record companies shied away from her, unsure of how to market her eclectic repertoire. In 1996, just when she had begun to record more frequently on a local basis, Cassidy was diagnosed with cancer, which had already spread throughout her body and rapidly claimed her life. Her music was posthumously championed by a BBC disc jockey, and amazingly, the anthology Songbird became a number one million-selling smash in England. ~ Steve Huey
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