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Joan Osborne

Joan Osborne
Osborne performing at The Grand in Wilmington, Delaware, 2008
Background information
Birth name Joan Elisabeth Osborne
Born (1962-07-08) July 8, 1962
Anchorage, Kentucky, US
Genres Rock, folk, country rock, blues
Occupation(s) Musician, songwriter
Instruments Vocals, guitar
Years active 1989–present
Labels Womanly Hips Records, Blue Gorilla Records, Mercury, Interscope
Associated acts The Dead, Phil Lesh and Friends, Trigger Hippy
Website .comjoanosborne

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.[1] 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.

Contents

  • Biography 1
  • Personal life 2
  • Discography 3
    • Studio albums 3.1
    • Live albums 3.2
    • Compilation albums 3.3
    • Holiday albums 3.4
    • Singles 3.5
  • See also 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6

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.[2] 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-90's 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.

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.

Osborne sang lead vocals on the cover of "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.[3] 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.[4] 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.[5]

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.[6]

On 31 October 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

Joan Osborne has a daughter, born in December 2004.[7][8]

Discography

Studio albums

Title Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
(sales threshold)
US
[9]
US Country
[10]
US
Indie

[11]
AUS
[12]
CAN
[13]
FIN
[14]
NZ
[15]
SWE
[16]
CH
[17]
UK
[18]
Relish
  • Release date: March 21, 1995
  • Label: Blue Gorilla Records
  • Formats: CD, cassette
9 12 5 14 13 6 18 5
  • CAN: Platinum[19]
  • UK: Gold[20]
  • US: 3× Platinum[21]
Righteous Love 90
How Sweet It Is
  • Release date: September 17, 2002
  • Label: Compendia Records
  • Formats: CD
19
Pretty Little Stranger 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
"—" 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
(sales threshold)
Album
US
[22]
US AC
[23]
US Adult
[24]
US Pop
[25]
US Mod
[26]
NL
[27]
AUS
[28]
CAN
[29]
CAN AC
[30]
NZ
[31]
UK
[32]
1995 "One of Us" 4 20 16 2 7 12 1 1 5 11 6
  • US: Gold[33]
Relish
1996 "St. Teresa" 43 69 42 38 33
"Right Hand Man"
1997 "Ladder"
2007 "I've Got to Use My Imagination"[A] Breakfast in Bed
2008 "Sweeter Than the Rest" Little Wild One
2012 "Shake Your Hips" Bring It On Home
2014 "Thirsty for My Tears"[34]
"—" 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 U.S. Billboard Jazz Songs chart.[35]

See also

References

  1. ^ Steve Pick, Review of Joan Osborne – Bring It On Home (2012), About.com Blues, March 2012
  2. ^ After Ellen, December 7, 2006.
  3. ^ "Women of Achievement Honorees". Women's Project Theater. Retrieved October 7, 2014. 
  4. ^ "Bring It On Home". All Music. Retrieved June 16, 2013. 
  5. ^ "30 Songs / 30 Days for Half the Sky | Half The Sky". Halftheskymovement.org. August 30, 2012. Retrieved 2012-12-21. 
  6. ^ http://www.popmatters.com/post/185874-trigger-hippy-trigger-hippy-album-stream-premiere/
  7. ^ "Joan Osborne welcomes a girl". People Magazine. March 13, 2005. Retrieved December 30, 2013. 
  8. ^ Christiano-Mistretta, Maryanne (July 11, 2013). "Joan Osborne Brings it on Home to Maplewoodstock". TheAlternativePress.com. Retrieved December 30, 2013. 
  9. ^ "Joan Osborne Album & Song Chart History – Billboard 200".  
  10. ^ "Joan Osborne Album & Song Chart History – Country Albums".  
  11. ^ "Joan Osborne Album & Song Chart History – Independent Albums".  
  12. ^ "australian-charts.com – Australian charts portal". Hung Medien. australian-charts.com. Retrieved November 18, 2010. 
  13. ^ "Results – RPM – Library and Archives Canada – Top Albums/CDs".  
  14. ^ "finnishcharts.com – Finnish charts portal". Hung Medien. finnishcharts.com. Retrieved November 18, 2010. 
  15. ^ "charts.org.nz – New Zealand charts portal". Hung Medien. charts.org.nz. Retrieved November 18, 2010. 
  16. ^ "swedishcharts.com – Swedish charts portal". Hung Medien. swedishcharts.com. Retrieved November 18, 2010. 
  17. ^ "Die Offizielle Schweizer Hitparade und Music Community". Hung Medien. hitparade.ch. Retrieved November 18, 2010. 
  18. ^ "Chart Stats – Joan Osborne". chartstats.com. Retrieved November 18, 2010. 
  19. ^ "Canadian album certifications – Joan Osborne – Relish".  
  20. ^ "British albums certifications – Joan Osborne – Relish".   Enter Relish in the field Keywords. Select Title in the field Search by. Select ' in the field By Format. Click Search
  21. ^ "American albums certifications – Joan Osborne – Relish".   If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select ', then click SEARCH
  22. ^ "Joan Osborne Album & Song Chart History – Hot 100".  
  23. ^ "Joan Osborne Album & Song Chart History – Adult Contemporary".  
  24. ^ "Joan Osborne Album & song Chart History – Adult Pop Songs".  
  25. ^ "Joan Osborne Album & Song Chart History – Pop Songs".  
  26. ^ "Joan Osborne Album & Song Chart History – Alternative Songs".  
  27. ^ "Dutch Top 40 > Joan Osborne" (in Dutch). Stichting Nederlandse Top 40. Retrieved 2012-12-25. 
  28. ^ "australian-charts.com – Australian charts portal". Hung Medien. australian-charts.com. Retrieved November 18, 2010. 
  29. ^ "Results – RPM – Library and Archives Canada – Top Singles".  
  30. ^ "Results – RPM – Library and Archives Canada – Adult Contemporary".  
  31. ^ "charts.org.nz – New Zealand charts portal". Hung Medien. charts.org.nz. Retrieved November 18, 2010. 
  32. ^ "Chart Log UK: The O – Ozric Tentacles".  
  33. ^ "RIAA – Gold & Platinum – November 18, 2010: Joan Osborne certified singles".  
  34. ^ "Future Releases on Triple A (AAA) Radio Stations". All Access Music Group. Archived from the original on March 6, 2014. 
  35. ^ "Joan Osborne Album & Song Chart History – Jazz Songs".  

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