k.d. lang, (born Kathryn Dawn Lang on November 2, 1961) is a Grammy Award-winning Canadian singer and songwriter.
k.d. lang's career received a huge boost when Roy Orbison chose her to record a duet of his standard, "Crying". Instead of being overwhelmed by the power of Orbison's voice, the two blended their vocal ranges into a collaboration that won them the Grammy Award for Best Country Collaboration with Vocals.
The year 1988 marked the release of Shadowland, an album of torch country produced by the legendary Owen Bradley. That year she performed "Turn Me Round" at the closing ceremonies of the XV Winter Olympics in Calgary, Alberta. Later that same year she would sing background vocals with Jennifer Warnes and Bonnie Raitt for Orbison's acclaimed television special, Roy Orbison and Friends, A Black and White Night. Lang also guest-starred on Pee-wee's Playhouse Christmas Special in 1988, where she sang "Jingle Bell Rock".