Montreal (Qc) CANADA - Circa 1988 File Photo -
Luba (born Luba Kowalchyk, 1958 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada) is a Canadian singer and songwriter. Growing up, she studied voice, guitar, flute, and piano; she later travelled across Canada to perform traditional Ukrainian folk songs at weddings and social gatherings.
In 1979 she formed the band Luba with drummer Peter Marunzak, guitarist Mark Lyman, bassist Mike Zwonok, guitarist John Nestorowich, and keyboardist Doug Short. They rose to fame in the early 1980s with the release of "Everytime I See Your Picture". Their debut EP on Capitol-EMI of Canada followed, and in 1984 they released their first full-length album with the label, entitled Secrets And Sins, which spawned the Canadian hit singles "Let It Go" (mixed by Richard James Burgess) and "Storm Before The Calm". The album, produced by Daniel Lanois, earned her a Juno Award in 1985 for "Best Female Vocalist."
In 1985 Luba performed several songs written by Stephen Lunt, Jon Stroll, and Kevin Gillis for the first season of the internationally renowned Canadian cartoon The Raccoons, several of these songs were later re-recorded by Lisa Lougheed for use in later seasons. In 1986 Luba released Between The Earth & Sky, included the single "How Many". The #1 Canadian hit represented Canada at the 1985 World Popular Song Festival in Tokyo, Japan and made the finals. Shortly after the album release, the band was involved in a serious accident (she was not on board the bus at the time) that nearly killed several members, leading Luba to take some time off. In 1987 she returned with Over 60 Minutes With Luba, a compilation of her best hits of the day. She followed up in 1989 with All Or Nothing, which included the singles "Giving Away A Miracle," "No More Words", and "Little Salvation". This would be her last studio album for a decade.
During this time, Luba experienced personal upheavals due to the loss of several close family members along with her divorce fro