Kathryn Dawn Lang, better known by her stage name k.d. Lang, has celebrated her 25-year career by releasing "Recollection" including 22 songs, music videos and live performances.
In 1984, "A Truly Western Experience" releasing caught Canadian listeners' attention. In the same year, lang was one of three Canadian artists to be selected to perform at the World Science Fain In Japan.
Her career turning point was marked when she was chosen by Roy Orbison to record a duet of his standard, "Crying", led her to won the Grammy Award for Best Country Collaboration with Vocals in 1989.
Back in 1994, when lang was a surprise guest on Tony Bennett: MTV Unplugged, Bennett introduced her by saying she was in a league of singers who are "blessed with a destiny."
Coming out as a in a magazine "The Advocate" in 1992, Lang, has actively pled for gay rights caused. She has performed and supported many causes over the years, including HIV/AIDS care and research. Her animal rights vegetarian stance, including a "Meat Stinks" campaign, created much controversy, particularly at her hometown in the middle of Alberta's cattle ranching industry.
In April 2008, lang spent time in Melbourne, Australia, as a guest editorialist for The Age. This was in connection with her support for the Tibet human rights issues. On April 24, 2008, she joined pro-Tibet protesters in Canberra as the Beijing 2008 Summer Olympics torch relay made its way through the Australian capital.
The singer has always live a simple, natural life, partly to protect her voice. To her, all daily activities such as eating, sleeping or drinking have an impact to the vocal instrument. She was endow with a beautiful voice, but never takes it for granted. In fact, lang practically builds her life around keeping her voice in shape.
On February 12, 2010 at 8:30 PSTZ, she performed Leonard Cohen's Hallelujah at the Olympics Opening Ceremony in Vancouver, British Columbia.