Jeff Buckley was an American singer-songwriter who became
widely known for his stirring cover of the Leonard Cohen song "Hallelujah."
Born in 1966 in California, Jeff Buckley began playing guitar at age 5. Armed with his distinct multioctave voice, Buckley emerged from New York's music scene in a big way with his first release, 1994's Grace. The album made him an eventual sensation with both critics and fans, and his cover of Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah" went on to achieve a sublime standing with listeners. Three years later, just short of his 31st birthday and while recording tracks for his second album, Buckley drowned while swimming at night near Memphis, Tennessee.