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k.d. lang Performs "Hallelujah" at Opening Ceremony of Vancouver Olympics

  • Friday, February 12, 2010
    k.d. lang Performs "Hallelujah" at Opening Ceremony of Vancouver Olympics

    Four-time Grammy Award–winner and eight-time Juno Award–winner k.d. lang has wowed crowds across the globe with her interpretation of the Leonard Cohen classic "Hallelujah" for the past several years. Tonight, she performed the song before the world's greatest athletes and what's estimated to be three billion television viewers around the world at the Opening Ceremonies of the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver.

    Earlier this week, Nonesuch Records released lang’s first-ever career retrospective, Recollection, 25 years after her debut recording. The two-disc set features 22 of lang’s most beloved recordings including an all-new interpretation of “Hallelujah.” The Guardian calls this rendition “mesmerising: she reaches into the air, plucking the tiniest note from within her huge range, bends double, before throwing her head back and unleashing her pitch-perfect roar.” The deluxe Recollection package includes a third disc of previously unreleased recordings—many performed live—as well as a bonus DVD of music videos and rarely seen live performance footage. To order your copy now, with free album MP3s available upon purchase of either package, visit the Nonesuch Store.

    Referred to as “the greatest female singer in the whole world” by fellow Canadian Michael Bublé, lang has had a distinguished 25-year career spanning 11 critically acclaimed albums. In addition to a fruitful collaboration with Tony Bennett, she has performed alongside musical luminaries including Roy Orbison, Bonnie Raitt, Elton John, and Loretta Lynn. She sang at the Closing Ceremonies of the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary and has contributed music to the soundtracks of several films including Even Cowgirls Get the Blues, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, and Happy Feet. In addition to her music career, lang has also appeared in a number of films including Salmonberries, The Black Dahlia, and Eye of the Beholder. In 1996, lang received Canada’s highest civilian honor, the Order of Canada.

on February 12, 2010 - 6:09pm
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k.d. lang has wowed crowds across the globe with her interpretation of Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah" for the past several years. Tonight, she performed the song before the world's greatest athletes and billions of television viewers around the world at the Opening Ceremonies of the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver.

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Four-time Grammy Award–winner and eight-time Juno Award–winner k.d. lang has wowed crowds across the globe with her interpretation of the Leonard Cohen classic "Hallelujah" for the past several years. Tonight, she performed the song before the world's greatest athletes and what's estimated to be three billion television viewers around the world at the Opening Ceremonies of the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver.

Earlier this week, Nonesuch Records released lang’s first-ever career retrospective, Recollection, 25 years after her debut recording. The two-disc set features 22 of lang’s most beloved recordings including an all-new interpretation of “Hallelujah.” The Guardian calls this rendition “mesmerising: she reaches into the air, plucking the tiniest note from within her huge range, bends double, before throwing her head back and unleashing her pitch-perfect roar.” The deluxe Recollection package includes a third disc of previously unreleased recordings—many performed live—as well as a bonus DVD of music videos and rarely seen live performance footage. To order your copy now, with free album MP3s available upon purchase of either package, visit the Nonesuch Store.

Referred to as “the greatest female singer in the whole world” by fellow Canadian Michael Bublé, lang has had a distinguished 25-year career spanning 11 critically acclaimed albums. In addition to a fruitful collaboration with Tony Bennett, she has performed alongside musical luminaries including Roy Orbison, Bonnie Raitt, Elton John, and Loretta Lynn. She sang at the Closing Ceremonies of the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary and has contributed music to the soundtracks of several films including Even Cowgirls Get the Blues, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, and Happy Feet. In addition to her music career, lang has also appeared in a number of films including Salmonberries, The Black Dahlia, and Eye of the Beholder. In 1996, lang received Canada’s highest civilian honor, the Order of Canada.

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What an AWESOME performance,,, K.D. Lange Thank You for being part of the opening ceremonies for the wonderful 2010 Winter Olympics. Totally in awe

OUTSTANDING..... I was am proud to be Canadian... She sang that with the reverance and emotion that it deserved.... THANK YOU so much...You did Canada Proud......

I just heard K. D. sing and was completely moved by the gorgeous voice with all its subtle nuances. I hadn't kept up with K.D's career and I still remember her with cowgirl skirt and cowboy boots hooting and yodelling it up. Over the years I'd ocassionally hear her sweet voice ... but tonight her singing brought tears to my eyes and it surprised me that they trickled down from the edges of my eyes, seemingly from a different place where tears are born, from some very deep emotional place inside me. Her voice was like the most beautiful instrument, like a Stradivarius violin. (and believe me, I'm not a person to toss around compliments lightly, I'm one who when watching TV often grabs the remote and changes the channel if I hear anyone singing slightly flat or sharp). The beauty of her performance prompted me to leave this comment (there's no place on her offical website to leave a comment ... in fact, her official website doesn't match her high calibre, I was a bit underwhelmed when I arrived there .... hence I continued a google search until I found this site). :-) But just wanted to add my admiration to the blogosphere ... if K.D. is listening ... yours is one of the most beautiful voices I've ever heard, it plummets the depth of one's soul.

Cheers,

Gale Franey
www.thegraphicgroove.com

one of the most touching moments. thank you for giving us such a gift "Hallelujah" your voice sounds like an angel

kd you make me proud to be canadiand today
you ripped that song

INCREDIBLE!I went online instantly and downloaded Hallelujah.There is no voice like that even in heaven!

wow...a proud moment, along with sarah mclaughlin in an otherwise desultory opening

met you in the nineties at a ARIA music awards covention center edmonton though the girls wantend face time you gave me attention you rocked the house tonight you be real

Wow. Like Jim, that made me proud to be a Canadian, but then I opened my eyes and realized I'm not a Candian! So, I guess I am just proud to live at just the right time when we could all hear a perfect song sang by a perfect songstress while the world watched. Amazing, amazing, soulful person. I think her performance will be playing in my head for a long, long time. And I look forward to every minute of it. Thank you, k.d., and thank you Canada.

totally incredible performance!!

that was so beautiful than you so much!!!!

What can I say that hasn't been said before - I was tearfully riveted by your fabulously wonderful singing performance of 'Hallelujah' at the Olympic ceremonies this evening - unforgettable....thank you

kd
Absolutely beautiful from an equally beautiful soul. Thank you

What a beautiful and appropriate song for the Olympics . The loss of life today was really hard to comprehend . The world is praying for his family and country .

Great performance. But.....you clearly do not want your fans to download it or enjoy it in any way afterwards!

BRAVO!!

Deeply moved, we ascend to bed with that most tender rendition in our minds. Thank You k.d. Lang for your outstanding vocals in singing Hallelujiah. I am proud YOU ARE CANADIAN! May the rest of the world share in your talents...

Absolutely beautiful rendition, just blew me away, best performance of an amazing opening ceremony.

Incredible! You have touched my soul.

All I can say after hearing her sing this song tonight is WOW!

Yeah...watched the opening ceremony tonight, and I got serious goose-bumps hearing KD's rendition of Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah". Awesome effort, great performance! Thank you KD!

You were amazing tonight at the Opening Ceremony of the Olympic Games - I was in tears at the end of your song as your voice is so beautiful. I don't care what your preferences are, who cares, you are you, and your wonderful voice is a great pleasure to listen too. Please record the song you sang tonight, Also, for sure I will buy your CD with Roy Orbison as "Cryng" is one of my favourite pieces and you, sing it so wonderfully. I saw Roy Orbinson in Cardiff, in South Wales and the Beatles was his opening act . So much has changed since then, but his music lives on for ever. I congratulate you and keep your voice strong as we all love it, all over Canada, and you are one of us. I never leave any comments on any website, but you deserve it, as I was overwhelmed. Best regards, Anne

Few times in my life have i paused to reflect how earnestly i must apply myself, at what i do daily, in order to give back to those who have come before me, as much as i have been given. Thank You Thank You Thank You

wow. i'm old enough to remember k.d. when she was doing indie gigs. it brought tears to my eyes and it was the only moment in the opening that resonated as "canadian". i'm so disappointe that terry fox was not acknowledged properly. thank you k.d. for redeeming what would otherwise have been an off-key ceremony

KD you stole the show! You made my family so proud to be a part of Canada! You have honour and grace that I aspire to...words cannot express how you changed my opening ceremoy experience...Thank You. Sheryl

Ok, now THAT was a scary good performance!!!!!!

Chills within seconds! Amazing opening ceremonies overall, but nothing more spectacular than KD's voice... she truly brought down the house! (And for those people saying they wish she recorded it, you can get it on iTunes... it's on at least 2 CDs)

As I think the opening ceremonies were wonderful, the highlight for me was k.d.'s rendition of "Hallelujah". I am simply overwhelmed every time I hear you sing it but tonight was the absolute best and sent chills right through me. I have been a long time fan of yours but never prouder and in awe of that gorgeous heavenly voice than I was tonight. I am not a Canadian but almost made me want to be...lol Thank you so much for sharing your most lovely gift with us. You were just brilliant...BRAVO BRAVO!!!!!!!!! I was lucky enough and honored to meet you some years back here in NJ at The Count Basie Theatre after the show. My friend and I waited until you were leaving and you were so kind and generous of your time. Thank you!!!!!! Can't wait to see one of your shows again as you are on the top of my list of all time favorites!!!!
Will certainly be buying your new album.

This was a performance of amazing grace and incredible talent,
k d lang is simply getting better and better
Thank You for a most memorable gift!

Stunning performance, Words cannot describle how beautiful she sang the song. Hats off to you KD.

What a voice! She reaches inside and touches ones soul! Hers is the greatest Canadian musical talent of our generation--and I'm over 60 years old.

While k.d. Lang's performance tonight was an absolutely stunning rendition of one of the most beautiful songs ever written, I am confused as to the coverage of her performance. All other singers tonight to include Nelly Furtado, Brian (bleh) Adams and Sarah McLaughlin, were given total close ups during their songs yet for k.d., the camera panned across the vastness of 60,000 people, athletes talking on their cell phones, or the fucking arena itself and not her. I am sure the editing for Canada's version was different, but I think that homophobia was unleashed in the American editing of her performance as they decided NOT to show an out and proud lesbian donned in a stunning men's three piece suit. And besides that opera singer, she was the only one who didn't lip sync. Kudos, k.d.! You were, and always will be the one I constantly crave.

I have never seen a song better performed than tonight's performance of "Hallelujah" by kd lang at the Opening Ceremonies. I was awestruck - I was gasping for air - there was nothing else in the world while she sang that song.
Beautiful.

Talk about rising to the occasion... surely one of the great live singing performances of our time. Fantastic the way she primed herself to deliver at absolute peak in technical terms, than capped it with such spirit and feeling. Something for the athletes to live up to.

WOWWW! So I come back to the TV from the kitchen in time to see and hear this lesbian chick with the most amazing voice singing this beautiful song BEAUTIFULLY. I missed the intro so I texted my ex-girlfriend from Vancouver to ask who it was. KD Lang. Oh, I remember that name from the 90s. Never listened to her. Had no idea she was so good. What a performance! I just wanted to close my eyes and drift off into some peaceful sleep or something.

BTW, I don't mean to start anything, but didn't NBC's lack of a closeup of her seem a bit homophobic, or at least a bit anti-unattractive woman? I know the focus of the show was the visuals of the light show, which of course required the wide angle - but no closeups at all of the performer? Anyway, no big deal. The whole show was fantastic.

You give me hope, inspiration, motivation. That was INCREDIBLE, Thank you ever so much.

I have always thought no one could touch me with this song other than Leonard Cohen singing it. I was wrong. Unbelieve performance by KD Lang. I was mesmerized.

KD Lang was absolutely amazing at the Olympics. Gave me chills! The best thing about the opening ceremony, by far. Her performance was mesmerizing ... Olympian. Thank you to the Arts Committee for the Olympics for including these especially brililiant moments. I hope it makes Canadians immensely proud. The world should be too.

An utterly amazing voice!

That was one of the most beautiful performances lyrically I have ever seen, I still have tears in my eyes. Go Canada (I'm from the USA but after that I may move).

You once said in an interview that you want your career to stay at a simmer.
I think after tonight's performance you have just come to full boil.
I for one want more. I was amazed by how beautiful your voice is.
It was truly an emotional experience and I am proud of you.
Thank you!!!

I was absolutley stunned to listen to her again. For me she was the highlight of the opening. The talent this country produces is incredible. We are blessed to hear this woman sing.

Namaste

A brilliant, nuanced, absolutely gutwrenchingly beautiful performance. The absolute musical highlight of any Olympics in living memory! You ROCK KD! - When are you gonna do your next CD? Hallelujah as performed @ the Olympics MUST be included! You did us Canucks so very proud. And showcased the tolerance that our country is evolving towards. Bravo. Bravo. Bravo!

Well done kd, you made Canada proud!

K.D Land I have followed you for 25 years and every year you amaze me with you beautiful voice. The ceremony would not have been great with out you and your voice.

Thank You

k.d. lang sucks at singing

amazing

WOW WOW WOW
What a song
What a voice
What a performance

You brought tears to my eyes - a surprise for me. Really it was awesome and very moving. I remember you from Sidetrack Cafe and your music was good then but absolutely superb now.

K.D., the world stopped to listen breathlessly to that song. Please sing it to us all again.

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