Eva Cassidy was a an American singer who was relatively unknown throughout her years as a performer. Posthumously, her career took off when her music received airtime in a British radio station which, in turn, catapulted her name to the forefront of the American jazz/ blues listening audiences. Among her most moving and celebrated interpretations are "Somewhere Over the Rainbow", "Fields of Gold", and "People Get Ready", to mention just a few. To the frustration of the record companies, Eva refused to pigeonhole herself and stick exclusively to one music genre. She not only performed jazz and blues songs but she also enjoyed performing country, gospel, and standard pieces.
Tragically, Cassidy died on November 2, 1996 of metastasized skin cancer. Her untimely death makes her music all the more pensive and difficult to listen to. Her last public performance was during a benefit for her at a club called the Bayou where she performed "What a Wonderful World."