Joan Osborne

Joan Osborne

Born: July 8, 1962
Age: 56
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Joan Elizabeth Osborne (born July 8, 1962) is an American singer, songwriter, and interpreter of music, having recorded and performed in various popular American musical genres including pop, soul, R&B, blues, and country. She is best known for her recording of the Eric Bazilian song "One of Us". She has toured with Motown sidemen the Funk Brothers and was featured in the documentary film about them, Standing in the Shadows of Motown.

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Biography

Originally from Anchorage, Kentucky, a suburb of Louisville, Osborne moved to New York City in the late 1980s, where she formed her own record label, Womanly Hips, to release a few independent recordings. She signed with Mercury Records, and released her first full-length album, Soul Show: Live at Delta 88, in 1991. Her second (and first major label) album was Relish (1995), which became a hit on the strength of the single "One of Us". "Right Hand Man" and "St. Teresa" were minor hits, and "Spider Web" also received radio play. Osborne is bisexual. Her song "After Jane", on the album Pretty Little Stranger, touches on this as it is about a relationship between herself and a woman.

In 2001, Osborne appeared on Austin City Limits, singing material mainly from Righteous Love. In a brief interview segment at the end of the episode, Osborne reflects on her gladness to have gotten out of the limelight of her mid-'90s stardom. She was featured in the 2002 documentary film, Standing in the Shadows of Motown, and toured with Motown sidemen the Funk Brothers. She and her band accompanied the Dixie Chicks for a national tour in the summer of 2003, during which time she also joined veteran San Francisco jam-rockers The Dead as a vocalist, and released her fourth album, titled How Sweet It Is, a collection of classic rock and soul covers.

During 2005 and 2006, Osborne performed on numerous occasions with Phil Lesh and Friends. Her vocals were featured prominently on the album Live at the Warfield. She continues to make appearances with the band.

In February 2007, she appeared on the Grand Ole Opry. In May 2007, she issued Breakfast in Bed produced by Tor Hyams, a return to the soul music that she had covered on How Sweet It Is. Breakfast in Bed also featured the two songs ("Heatwave" and "What Becomes of the Brokenhearted") that she had covered for the film Standing in the Shadows of Motown. The same year, Osborne appeared as a featured guest in the third season of the Transatlantic Sessions television series, performing "Saint Teresa", "Holy Water", and "Please Don't Tell Me How the Story Ends".

Osborne sang lead vocals on the cover of the Willie Dixon-penned "Spoonful" on Vivian Campbell's solo album Two Sides of If. She also provided some vocals for "Wayfaring Stranger" on Spearhead's 1997 album Chocolate Supa Highway. She covered Dolly Parton's "Do I Ever Cross Your Mind" on the 2003 tribute album Just Because I'm a Woman: Songs of Dolly Parton. She is featured on the Holmes Brothers 2007 collection State of Grace performing "Those Memories of You", an old Alan O'Bryant bluegrass tune. Her album, Little Wild One, was released in September 2008. Osborne performs as a guest vocalist on Sgt. Pepper Live, the 2009 album and DVD by Cheap Trick. In 2010, she was awarded the Woman of Achievement Award from Women's Project Theater. She performed with The Waybacks at Merlefest, 2011, during the Hillside Album hour, featuring The Allman Brothers' Eat a Peach.

Her album Bring It On Home was released on March 27, 2012. It is a collection of vintage blues and soul covers, and it received a 2013 Grammy Awards nomination for Best Blues Album. In September 2012, Osborne was featured in a campaign called "30 Songs / 30 Days" to support Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide, a multi-platform media project inspired by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn's book.

Osborne is currently a member of Trigger Hippy, along with Steve Gorman, Tom Bukovac, Jackie Greene, and Nick Govrik. Trigger Hippy released their debut album on September 30, 2014.

On October 31, 2015, Joan Osborne and Mavis Staples performed in Washington, D.C. at The George Washington University's Lisner Auditorium as part of their Solid Soul Tour.

Personal life

Raised a Roman Catholic, Osborne distanced herself from that institution after childhood, particularly influenced by telling her parents that she wished to become a priest only to learn that tradition forbade it. As an adult, she regards herself as skeptical of large-scale organized religion and identifies as a "spiritual person" directly influenced by both Buddhism and Christianity.

Having grown up in New York City and lived there for many decades, Osborne has stated that she feels a particular attachment to the city, particularly the borough of Brooklyn. Her interest in her neighborhood's culture, history, and society has multiple influences on her music. As well, she's expressed admiration for American poetry, especially the works of Walt Whitman, and cited that as a major inspiration for her songwriting.

Joan Osborne has a daughter, born in December 2004.

Discography

Studio albums

Title Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
US
US Country
US
Indie
AUS
CAN
FIN
NZ
SWE
SWI
UK
Relish
  • Release date: March 21, 1995
  • Label: Blue Gorilla Records
  • Formats: CD, cassette
9 12 5 14 13 6 18 5
  • CAN: Platinum
  • UK: Gold
  • US: 3× Platinum
Righteous Love
  • Release date: September 12, 2000
  • Label: Interscope Records
  • Formats: CD, cassette
90
How Sweet It Is
  • Release date: September 17, 2002
  • Label: Compendia Records
  • Formats: CD
19
Pretty Little Stranger
  • Release date: 2006
  • Label: Vanguard Records
  • Formats: CD, music download
58 34
Breakfast in Bed
  • Release date: 2007
  • Label: Time Life Music
  • Formats: CD, music download
160
Little Wild One
  • Release date: September 9, 2008
  • Label: Saguaro Road Records
  • Formats: CD, music download
193
Bring It On Home
  • Release date: March 26, 2012
  • Label: Saguaro Road Records
  • Formats: CD, music download
154
Love and Hate
  • Release date: April 8, 2014
  • Label: Membran
  • Formats: CD, music download
Songs of Bob Dylan
  • Release date: September 1, 2017
  • Label: Womanly Hips
  • Formats: CD, music download
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released to that country

Live albums

Title Album details
Soul Show: Live at Delta 88
  • Release date: 1991
  • Label: Womanly Hips Records
  • Formats: CD, cassette
Early Recordings
  • Release date: November 5, 1996
  • Label: Mercury Records
  • Formats: CD, cassette

Compilation albums

Title Album details
One of Us
  • Release date: June 28, 2005
  • Label: Artemis Records
  • Formats: CD, music download

Holiday albums

Title Album details
Christmas Means Love
  • Release date: 2005
  • Label: Time Life Music
  • Formats: CD, music download

Singles

Year Single Peak chart positions Certifications
Album
US
US AC
US Adult
US Pop
US Mod
AUS
CAN
CAN AC
NZ
UK
1995 "One of Us" 4 20 16 2 7 1 1 5 11 6
  • US: Gold
Relish
1996 "St. Teresa" 43 69 42 38 33
"Right Hand Man"
1997 "Ladder"
2007 "I've Got to Use My Imagination" Breakfast in Bed
2008 "Sweeter Than the Rest" Little Wild One
2012 "Shake Your Hips" Bring It On Home
2014 "Thirsty for My Tears" Love and Hate
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released to that country

Notes

  • A ^ "I've Got to Use My Imagination" peaked at number 27 on the US Billboard Jazz Songs chart.

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