Personnel: Eva Cassidy (vocals, guitar, keyboards); Chris Biondo (guitar, drum programming); Keith Grimes (guitar); Dan Cassidy, Mike Stein (violin); Chris Walker (trumpet); Lenny Williams (piano); Kent Wood, Hilton Felton, John Gillespie (organ); Larry Melton (upright bass); Raice McLeod (drums).
Arranger: Eva Cassidy.
This posthumous anthology is the perfect introduction to the astonishing vocal talents of Eva Cassidy, a young, relatively unknown singer who died of cancer at 33, just as her career was beginning to gain steam. Cassidy, a native of Washington D.C., gained local favor with her pure, straightforward tone and her lovely, tasteful interpretations of everything from standards to gospel to contemporary pop.
SONGBIRD is a definitive best-of selection that picks from Cassidy's studio albums and shows the depth and breadth of her skills. SONGBIRD's perfection as a compilation is in its song choice, which covers Cassidy's takes on gospel ("Oh, Had I A Golden Thread"), soul (Curtis Mayfield's "People Get Ready"), pop (Sting's "Fields of Gold"), and well-known standards ("Over the Rainbow"). Cassidy's own perfection stems from her ability to bring the same precise, inventive phrasing and crystalline tone to each individual song, regardless of genre, making it indelibly her own. This collection became a best-selling number-one album in the U.K., and with good reason.
Rolling Stone (8/30/01, p.125) - 3.5 stars out of 5 - "...She effortlessly shuffles styles and the song selections are astute...Cassidy comes across as a bluesier version of English folk singer Sandy Denny....she melts her personality into the fabric of each melody..."
Q (3/99, p.93) - 3 Stars (out of 5) - "Eva Cassidy had the power to leave the nerve-centre tingling. She possessed a rare emotional honesty and a knockout voice (closest relation: Roberta Flack) and applied them to whatever material took her fancy..."
Songbird, is light passionate music that has a spiritual feel. Candles, fire light and the sound of Eva Cassidy add to any soothing and relaxing moment. This artist was amazing and the world is richer for her music, and poor for losing her.
eva cassidy is such an amazing songstress, and it truly is a tradgedy that she died before she had the chance to gift the world with more music. this album is a joy to listen to, as she sings with such passion and grace. buy this album if you want to hear beauty. love the song Time Is A Healer!
songbird is a wonderful album by a singer who was set to make it big, and although she died her beautiful music continues to gain popularity, Eva lives on through her music. Had I A Golden Thread is my favourite song on the album, its so soulful and beautiful. Her voice is a treat for the ears!
eva cassidy, what can i say. could you think of a singer with more passion in her voice, with more beautiful lyrics, with a stronger sense of rhythm? if you can, then you are wrong. eva is my ultimate idol when it comes to folk music. she's a true legend. this is the ultimate in folk tunes right here!
wow pretty much sums up this cd on the whole.
An amazing and soothing Cd. The lyircs are beautiful and her voice is pure.
There is something to be said for Eva Cassidy. Her voice is wonderfully unique and she is a real talent.
This Cd is a wonderful compliation of all her truely stunning tracks.
If you have ever considered buying any of Eva Cassidys CD this is definately the one to buy. I would give it more than 5 out of 5 if possible.
On a night when you can sit back and relax put this CD on dim the lights and let Eva carry you away in the purity of her voice. I shed a tear knowing that we will never be able to see her perform but warm at the thought that she will be around forever. A wonderful compilation of her amazing talent all these tracks are special.
i would have to give this cd a 3 out of 5 im sitting on the fence on this one i like some of the songs as they are very deep and meaningful to me but some just dont apeal to me like track 3 and track 6 but the ones that stick out the most have to be track 2 and track 5 so if your a die hard fan you would love this but if your just our for sumthing new this would be a good addition to your collection
1.Fields of Gold 10/10
2.Wade in the Water 10/10
3.Autumn Leaves 7/10
4.Wayfaring Stranger 20/10 at least!!!
6.Time is Healer 8/10
7. I know you by heart 10/10
8.People get ready (5/10 the only bad song)
9.Oh, Had I a golden thread 9/10
10.Over the Rainbow 10/10
Her voice is great and the music is great, it takes real skill to make music as unique as this. 9/10
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