Eva Marie Cassidy was born on February 2, 1963 at 10.00 p.m. in the Washington Hospital Center in Washington, D.C. Her first name was taken from father Hugh’s grandmother, Eva McGrew, a Christian singer and guitar player. The family’s first year in the city was spent in the Southeast area in Washington, D.C., where they lived on the third floor of a small brick apartment on 1st Street. At that time the area had a predominantly white population and many who saw little Eva were enchanted by her blonde hair and her bright blue eyes. Neighbours gave her the nickname Miss Sunshine.