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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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The one wish i have in life is to have KD Lang sing this song when and if the movie of my life is told. I was sexually abused and torched with abuse so bad i am shocked to be alive to talk about it today. Many thanks to Oprah for airing the show on 200 men who were sexually abused. My store is one of the worst in Canadian history of abuse.

Your performance at the 2010 Olympics took my breath (and composure) away, as it did for thousands more. I purchased your CD the next day and I constantly listen to that rendition of "Hallelujah". I am on record with family and friends that I will go anywhere to hear you in concert. Please say that you'll do another some day.

Sincerely,
Barbara Jacobs
Atlanta, Ga.

Powerful performance. Incredibly beautiful voice as usual. She filled the stage with beauty.Transformative.
Video please! please please please.

Wow! Just wow! I know this song has been done by Jeff Beck and countless others but when a singer takes a song and delivers it and it gives me goose bumps, that is an accomplishment because that happens rarely to me. I first heard K D sing this with the Winnipeg orchestra while honouring the song's author Leonard Cohen and it drew me in then as well. Her phrasing, soaring to the highest notes and holding them and then down to her lower register really shows off her voice. This really was what made the night for me. The next day at work it was all people were talking about. An exquisite, moving, hypnotic performance that we only see too rarely. I'm not really a huge KD fan either but for some reason, this song to me will always be her career highlight. KD, you made Canada proud and made the rest of the world take notice. Fantastic performance.

How much I love that song and just exactly how you sang it, K.D! It was sung so beautifully that I listen to it (by you) as much as I can. Whenever I feel like I want to hear it, I just pull it up and listen, you have a very heavenly voice! I don't think anyone could have sung it like you, it was so touching! To let you know that my brother also heard it last year at the Olympics and he felt as I do and just couldn't say enough about it; he passed away December 3, 2010 from cancer and whenever I hear you sing it, it brings back wonderful memories of him, of how he and I loved the same music and that being our most favorite song! Thank you for sharing your truly angelic voice with all of us!

Can't find you k.d.

Youtube sucks. I see you once, then you're gone...I find you again in a foreign language, then you're gone again. I hate Youtube.

This particular performance of "Hallelujah" made the hair on my arms stand up. I must have it.....I need it.

I hope you can get what is rightfully yours, and store it on your website for all your fans to watch...over and over again. Sigh.

Wish I could sing with you........

thankyou,

Gretchen in Ottawa

KD It is almost 4 years since you sang Halleluyah at the olympics in Vancouver. I remember then listening to you. I am all male. But you for the first time in many many years brought tears to my eyes. You made the world take notice. I remembered the song, your performance, and tonight sitting at my computer I wanted to see you perform it again. I listened numerous times to your version. it was clearly the most profound, well sung song in the history of music. I searched a few more times you have sung it that show up on the internet. One you sang it in front of Leonard Cohen. How did you do, the look on his face at the end was one of such incredible admiration, he was completely stunned. I am absolutely certain, like the rest of the world the day you sang it for us at our olympics here in Vancouver will never, in our lifetimes forget what you gave to the world. It puts you among the most incredible singers ever to walk the face of the earth. Your talent is unbelievable. Thank you so very very much.

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