In 2010, k.d. lang marked the 25th anniversary of her recording debut with Recollection, a career retrospective. To date, lang has won eight JUNO awards. She has also been honored with four GRAMMY® awards, a BRIT, an AMA, a VMA, and four awards from GLAAD. In 1996, she received Canada's highest civilian honor, the Order of Canada. In 2013, she was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame. She has appeared alongside such musical luminaries as Tony Bennett, Roy Orbison, Bonnie Raitt, Elton John, and Loretta Lynn. lang has also contributed to numerous soundtracks, and has appeared in films and television shows. In February of 2014, k.d. lang made her Broadway debut in After Midnight, at the Brooks Atkinson Theater in New York City.
"She's the best singer of her generation," said Tony Bennett, who has frequently toured with lang since their 2002 Wonderful World duets album. She is renowned for her live shows, prompting the New York Times' Stephen Holden to observe: "Few singers command such perfection of pitch. Her voice, at once beautiful and unadorned and softened with a veil of smoke, invariably hits the middle of a note and remains there."
Each year at the Wake Up Festival, Sounds True highlights the work of a nonprofit organization that is supporting spiritual awakening and transformation in the world. This year, we are spotlighting the work of Tools for Peace, a nonprofit that envisions a world where everyone is connected by kindness and compassion. With this goal in mind, "Tools for Peace" has created "Stop, Breathe & Think", a friendly and accessible in-school program, curriculum, and mobile app that teaches the practices of mindfulness and emotional and social intelligence to high school students and people of all ages. A portion of the Wake Up Festival proceeds will be donated to Tools for Peace.
As a contribution to the work of Tools for Peace, singer-songwriter and four-time Grammy® winner k.d. lang will offer a musical performance and exclusive interview at the Wake Up Festival. k.d. lang is a student of Tibetan Buddhism and on the board of Tools for Peace. She will be interviewed by Sounds True founder, Tami Simon, who is eager to talk to k.d. lang about such topics as: true motivation; how meditation has transformed her life as a performer; her relationship to space in life and in music; how each one of us can become more of an open vessel to bring forth our unique gifts; and much more. Following the interview, k.d. lang will offer an intimate musical performance sharing her soaring voice with the Wake Up community.