Edie Brickell

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Edie Brickell
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Brickell performing at Radio City Music Hall in New York City, January 2011
Background information
Birth name Edie Arlisa Brickell
Born (1966-03-10) March 10, 1966 (age 49)
Oak Cliff, Dallas, Texas, U.S.
Genres Alternative rock
Folk rock
Jangle pop
Jam rock
New wave
Pop rock
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter, guitarist
Years active 1985–present
Labels Geffen
Associated acts Edie Brickell & New Bohemians, The Heavy Circles, The Gaddabouts, Steve Martin, Steep Canyon Rangers
Website ediebrickell.com

Edie Arlisa Brickell (born March 10, 1966) is an American singer-songwriter widely known for 1988's Shooting Rubberbands at the Stars, the debut album by Edie Brickell & New Bohemians, which went to No. 4 on the Billboard 200 chart. She is married to Paul Simon, of Simon & Garfunkel.

Early life[edit]

Brickell was born in Oak Cliff, Dallas, Texas to Paul Edward Brickell and his wife, Larry Jean (Sellers) Linden.[1][2] She has one older sibling, Laura. She attended Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts[3] in Dallas, and later studied at Southern Methodist University until she joined a band and decided to focus on songwriting.

Music career[edit]

In 1985, Brickell was invited to sing one night with friends from her high school in a local folk rock group, New Bohemians. She would join the band as lead singer. After the band was signed to a recording contract, the label changed the group's name to Edie Brickell & New Bohemians. Their 1988 debut album, Shooting Rubberbands at the Stars, became a critical and commercial success, including the single "What I Am". The band's follow-up album, Ghost of a Dog (1990), was a deliberate effort to highlight the band's eclectic personality and move away from the pop sensibility of their first record.[citation needed]

Brickell had a role as a folk singer in the 1989 film Born on the Fourth of July. Her version of Bob Dylan's "A Hard Rain's a-Gonna Fall" is featured on the film's soundtrack. She also sang a cover version of Lou Reed's "Walk on the Wild Side" in the 1990 film Flashback. Her "Good Times" video was included as part of the multimedia samples on the Windows 95 installation CD-ROM.[4]

As a solo artist, Brickell released Picture Perfect Morning (1994) and Volcano (2003). In 1992, she worked with producer Bob Wiseman in New York and Toronto on a collection of songs, utilizing a wind ensemble, unusual keyboards and Ron Sexsmith. The songs were rejected by the record company and remained unreleased. In 2006, she made another album with all of the original members of New Bohemians called Stranger Things.[5]

In 2010, Brickell became a founding member of new band The Gaddabouts, consisting of Steve Gadd on drums, Edie Brickell as lead vocalist and guitar, Andy Fairweather Low on electric and acoustic guitars and background vocals, Pino Palladino on bass and guitar, and featuring Dan Block, Ronnie Cuber, Joey DeFrancesco, Gil Goldstein and Marcus Rojas.[6] In 2011, Brickell wrote the title track "The Meaning of Life" for Tamar Halpern's film Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life.

Love Has Come For You was released on April 23, 2013. The album is a collaboration with Steve Martin.[7] Both appeared on talk shows, such as The View and Late Show with David Letterman, to promote and perform the song in April 2013.[8][9][10][11]

Starting in May 2013, she toured with Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers throughout the United States and North America.[12] In May 2014, she released a love duet with husband Paul Simon entitled "Like to Get to Know You" on her Soundcloud page.[13]

Personal life[edit]

Brickell married singer-songwriter Paul Simon on May 30, 1992.[14] Brickell was performing on NBC's Saturday Night Live on Saturday November 5, 1988 when she noticed Simon standing in front of the cameraman. "Even though I'd performed the song hundreds of times in clubs, he made me forget how the song went when I looked at him," she said with a smile. "We can show the kids the tape and say, 'Look, that's when we first laid eyes on each other.'" Brickell and Simon have three children.[15] Brickell was born the same week Homeward Bound by Simon & Garfunkel entered the Top 10 of the American record chart.

On April 26, 2014, police officers responded to the couple's New Canaan, Connecticut home to investigate a "family dispute" after Brickell's mother called 911 and hung up.[16] Brickell and Simon were subsequently arrested and charged with disorderly conduct. During their court appearance, it was revealed that one had pushed the other.[16] "On a scale of one to 10, it was a one", their attorney stated.[17] The charges were subsequently dropped.[18] ″I got my feelings hurt and I picked a fight with my husband. The police called it disorderly. Thank God it's orderly now″, Brickell said in a statement to Rolling Stone through her attorney.[16]




  • "Pretty Little One" (Steve Martin and Steep Canyon Rangers featuring Edie Brickell)[19]
  • "Like to Get to Know You" (duet with Paul Simon). (2014)[13]

Other contributions[edit]


  1. ^ Paul Simon profile, paul-simon.info; accessed March 20, 2015.
  2. ^ Profile, familysearch.org; accessed March 20, 2105.
  3. ^ "Dallas performing, visual arts school set for Taste of the Arts". The Dallas Morning News. February 16, 2008. Retrieved 2008-05-01. 
  4. ^ MANES, STEPHEN (August 1, 1995). "PERSONAL COMPUTERS; Personal Computers: What Is Windows 95 Really Like?". New York Times. Retrieved 2008-10-24. 
  5. ^ David Dye (September 7, 2006). "Edie Brickell & New Bohemians: Starting Over". World Cafe. NPR. Retrieved 2008-02-10. 
  6. ^ "The Band". The Gaddabouts. Retrieved 2013-04-28. 
  7. ^ Thompson, Stephen (April 14, 2013). "First Listen: Steve Martin And Edie Brickell, 'Love Has Come For You'". NPR. Retrieved 2013-04-18. 
  8. ^ "Steve Martin and Edie Brickell's 'Love Has Come For You': Collaboration A Perfect Blend of Traditional, Modern". Huffingtonpost.com. April 22, 2013. Retrieved 2013-04-28. 
  9. ^ "The Late Show Video – Steve Martin & Edie Brickell". CBS.com. April 24, 2013. Retrieved 2013-04-28. 
  10. ^ "April 24, 2013 - The View TV". Beta.abc.go.com. Retrieved 2013-04-28. 
  11. ^ Itzkoff, Dave (April 19, 2013). "Something Old-Time, Something New: Steve Martin and Edie Brickell’s ‘Love Has Come For You’". The New York Times. p. AR20. 
  12. ^ "Steve Martin and The Steep Canyon Rangers featuring Edie Brickell Announce North American Tour". SteveMartin.com. Retrieved 2013-05-27. 
  13. ^ a b Simon & Brickell release new duet, theguardian.com; accessed March 20, 2015.
  14. ^ Dixon, Ken (April 26, 2007). "Music Hall of Fame Proposed for State". Connecticut Post (Bridgeport, CT). Article ID 5761094 (fee required). 
  15. ^ "Celebrity daddies 2010". Today. msnbc.com. January 3, 2011. 
  16. ^ a b c Brickell and Simon's disorderly charges dropped, rollingstone.com; accessed March 20, 2015.
  17. ^ Edie Brickell and Paul charged with disorderly conduct, rollingstone.com; accessed March 20, 2015.
  18. ^ Brickell and Simon's disorderly charges dropped, cnn.com; accessed March 20, 2015.
  19. ^ "Future Releases on Triple A (AAA) Radio Stations". All Access Music Group. Archived from the original on March 6, 2014. 

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