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.