The story of Eva Cassidy is known to some people, and it is available for your reading pleasure via a simple Google search. The keywords for Ms. Cassidy - shy, insanely talented, eclectic, tragic. She died of cancer at the age of 33 and her modest fame was achieved after she passed.
I have been listening to this woman for years and she still stuns me and rips my heart out. That voice! The phrasing and range! I recommend that you watch and listen to Eva's performance of "Stormy Monday". This unbelievable soul/blues music is pouring out of her, and she is such a sweet little blonde suburban woman. Some musical experiences are just too intense and beautiful, the pleasure of listening borders on pain. A musical experience like that changes the listener forever. Eva Cassidy was a master of providing people with those experiences.
I am not religious, but I hope that there is an afterlife so I can tell Eva to her face how her music has grabbed and changed me.