This is a welcome media release and truly celebrates the best thing about last night's Emmy Awards broadcast.
Eva Cassidy returns to iTUNES Top 10 following Emmy Awards Broadcast
Her Classic Rendition of "Over the Rainbow" was heard by millions during the "In Memoriam" Tribute at last night's telecast
Eva Cassidy, the versatile, much-missed vocalist praised for her emotional range and interpretive skills, returns to the Top 10 of the iTunes Singer Songwriter Chart following last night broadcast of the 67th Annual Emmy Awards. Cassidy, who earned an international audience and critical acclaim following her death in 1996 at the age of 33, was heard singing her signature version of "Over the Rainbow" as accompaniment to the awards show's In Memoriam tribute that honored the passing of major figures in the television industry during the past year.
Cassidy's "Over the Rainbow" is the centerpiece of Seattle-based independent Blix Street Records' 1998 release SONGBIRD, which introduced Cassidy to the world. It was in 2001 that music enthusiasts sat up and took notice of Cassidy's compelling way with a song; that was the year that SONGBIRD hit the top of the British album charts and captivated audiences the world over. SONGBIRD has now been certified Platinum in the U.S., and the Eva Cassidy catalog of 10 albums from Blix Street have sold over 10 million copies worldwide. The song is also available on the compilation THE BEST OF EVA CASSIDY, released in 2012.
A new Eva Cassidy CD entitled NIGHTBIRD, comprised of the complete Blues Alley concert performances from January, 1996, will be released by Blix Street in time for this year's holiday season. LIVE AT BLUES ALLEY, containing highlights from that nightclub engagement at the legendary Washington, DC venue, was the final album by Cassidy completed before her death.
Born in Washington, DC, Eva Cassidy recorded and performed in the area for several years until her untimely death from melanoma in 1996. She left behind a small, but impeccable body of recordings that have been meticulously curated and compiled by Blix Street Records with the support of her parents, Barbara and Hugh Cassidy.
The Wall Street Journal praised her "perfect pitch, impeccable timing and vulnerability" and USA Today cited her "emotional ability to reach the depths of any song." These were in evidence during the emotional segment at last night's Emmy broadcast seen around the world.