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Eva Cassidy was a young woman that had a great passion for the things she loved, and her voice will affect the rest of music history forever.

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One quote that seams to sum up this legend is "Are not there little chapters in everyone's life that seam to be nothing and yet affect the rest of history." Eva Cassidy was a young woman that had a great passion for the things she loved, and her voice will affect the rest of music history forever. Eva was born on the 2nd of February 1963 in Washington D.C. Being born into very artistic and music family it was no surprise when Eva showed an interest in the arts from a very early age. Painting at the age of two, everyone around was amazed with her creativity. Eva's father was a sculptor and encouraged Eva with her art. Also being very musical, when Eva was nine years old he got the family to form a 4 piece ensemble, Eva's father on bass and cello, her brother on the violin, her mother and of course Eva herself singing. In their teens Eva and her brother got together again playing in a pop group called "Stone Henge." ...read more.

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At one of these sessions, Chuck Brown saw Eva and suddenly she'd been talked into doing a commercial recording with him in 1992 called "The Other Side." Chuck and Eva played together in a lot of sessions and he describes those moments as the best in his career. During this period Eva sadly suffered from melanoma, a type of skin cancer. Eva was very week, but being so determined, she played her last concert with Chuck Brown in Blues Alley, where she had often performed with him. Fighting against this awful disease, one day in bed Eva said to her mother "All I want to do when I get well is sing and travel the world with my music." Sadly Eva never did get better, recovering from melanoma once; it came back and killed her on the 2nd of November 1996 at the tragic age of 33. Eva left behind few possessions and few recording of her beautiful, pure voice but what she did leave behind were lots of grieving loved ones and now she leaves behind a huge fan base. ...read more.

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It quickly reached 1 in the UK album charts. More cds can be found, such as "Eva by Heart" and "The Other Side" with have all entered at high positions on many online shops such as amazon.com. 5% of the profit of each cd is now being donated to cancer research. Eva's cover of "Fields of Gold" by Sting is now appearing in a cancer research advert on the television. It brings a tear to anyone's eye. Maybe it's the sadness of Eva's story that touches us; maybe it's her wonderful talent, or maybe a combination of both. It is very sad that Eva missed her fame and her fortune. But in some ways it is good that it is happening now. Would this shy, quiet lady vulnerable to criticism have really wanted the spotlight shone on her? Would she just have cowered away? We will never know, but what we do know is that this was a lady with a gift that was luckily caught before it was too late. "Now we are left with her music - and it lives where is always belonged.... at the very top." Nikki Lee, a close friend of Eva's. any hearts today with the wonderful gift of her voice. ...read more.

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