k.d. lang advises N.W.T.'s Leela Gilday during Banff recording session
Gilday is in Banff recording international collaboration with aboriginal artists
Gilday is at the Banff Centre recording eight musical pieces with three other aboriginal artists from Canada and New Zealand. In between her recordings, she spotted none other than one of her favourite singers: k.d. lang.
Gilday says lang introduced herself to the group, and said she would drop in to listen to their demo pieces. Sure enough, the next day, she did.
"She came in and sat there," says Gilday, "and listened to both of them with her eyes closed.
"She said: 'I hope you don't mind, all my notes are for the singer. But I'm a singer, so here's what I suggest.' And she gave me some really excellent tips for approaching those two songs.
"And then she said: 'you really nailed it on the chorus.' And my heart jumped."
Gilday says lang was very gracious and humble, and added that she was honoured to receive advice from such a legendary talent. She says she and the other artists plan to perform the music next year.