Eva Cassidy is one of my all time favorite voices. I didn't get turned on to her until after she died, but I fell for her in a big way. She sung everything. Blues, R and B, soul, gospel, folk, pop tunes, jazz. She could do it all.
This from Wikipedia: Eva Marie Cassidy (February 2, 1963 – November 2, 1996) was an American vocalist and guitarist known for her interpretations of jazz, blues, folk, gospel, country and pop classics. In 1992, she released her first album, The Other Side, a set of duets with go-go musician Chuck Brown, followed by the 1996 live solo album entitled Live at Blues Alley. Although she had been honored by the Washington Area Music Association, she was virtually unknown outside her native Washington DC, when she died of melanoma in 1996.
NPR did a lengthy feature on her after she died and suddenly she became very popular outside of the DC area. She was a humble and hardworking woman. She was a landscape artist, a gardner. I heard that she didn't have a checking account or a credit card. She lived simply. And died too young. Most of her recordings (and there are a great many) were from live performances or practice tapes remastered and overdubbed. But her voice and her guitar are so simple and pure. Timeless.
I love Sting's song and he is the master. But Eva does it justice I think. You will too (Nic).
"Fields Of Gold"