Album cover artwork for Acoustic by Eva CassidyEva Cassidy – one of the world’s most loved singers – died in 1996 at the age of 33. Virtually unknown outside her native Washington D.C., her music came to the attention of the masses two years after her death when a selection of demos she’d recorded was released.

All the songs were covers; she sang gospel, show tunes, jazz, blues, R&B, and pop, reinventing timeless songs and making them her own.

Today Eva is one of the biggest selling female artists across the globe, having had released a number of albums full of songs she loved to sing. I would encourage any young singer to listen closely to Eva’s treatment of Time After Time, At Last, Songbird, Autumn Leaves, It Doesn’t Matter Anymore, or Danny Boy: no histrionics, just a voice as pure as snow.

Acoustic by Eva Cassidy is out Friday January 22 via Planet/MGM.

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