Joan Osborne

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Joan Osborne
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Osborne performing at The Grand in Wilmington, Delaware, 2008
Background information
Birth name Joan Elisabeth Osborne
Born (1962-07-08) July 8, 1962 (age 52)
Anchorage, Kentucky, U.S.
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 www.joanosborne.com

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 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.

Biography[edit]

Originally from Anchorage, Kentucky, an affluent 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". Apart from this song, the rest of the album was steeped in country, blues and folk music. "Right Hand Man" and "St. Teresa" became minor hits following the success of "One of Us".

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 Allan 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.[2] 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.[3] 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.[4]

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.[5]

Personal life[edit]

Joan Osborne has a daughter, born in December 2004.[6][7]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
(sales threshold)
US
[8]
US Country
[9]
US
Indie

[10]
AUS
[11]
CAN
[12]
FIN
[13]
NZ
[14]
SWE
[15]
CH
[16]
UK
[17]
Relish
  • Release date: March 21, 1995
  • Label: Blue Gorilla Records
  • Formats: CD, cassette
9 12 5 14 13 6 18 5
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[edit]

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[edit]

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

Holiday albums[edit]

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

Singles[edit]

Year Single Peak chart positions Certifications
(sales threshold)
Album
US
[21]
US AC
[22]
US Adult
[23]
US Pop
[24]
US Mod
[25]
NL
[26]
AUS
[27]
CAN
[28]
CAN AC
[29]
NZ
[30]
UK
[31]
1995 "One of Us" 4 20 16 2 7 12 1 1 5 11 6 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"[33] N/A
"—" 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.[34]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Steve Pick, Review of Joan Osborne - Bring It On Home (2012), About.com Blues, March 2012
  2. ^ "Women of Achievement Honorees". Women's Project Theater. Retrieved October 7, 2014. 
  3. ^ "Bring It on Home". All Music. Retrieved 16 June 2013. 
  4. ^ "30 Songs / 30 Days for Half the Sky | Half The Sky". Halftheskymovement.org. 2012-08-30. Retrieved 2012-12-21. 
  5. ^ http://www.popmatters.com/post/185874-trigger-hippy-trigger-hippy-album-stream-premiere/
  6. ^ "Joan Osborne welcomes a girl". People Magazine. March 13, 2005. Retrieved December 30, 2013. 
  7. ^ Christiano-Mistretta, Maryanne (July 11, 2013). "Joan Osborne Brings it on Home to Maplewoodstock". TheAlternativePress.com. Retrieved December 30, 2013. 
  8. ^ "Joan Osborne Album & Song Chart History - Billboard 200". Billboard. Retrieved November 18, 2010. 
  9. ^ "Joan Osborne Album & Song Chart History - Country Albums". Billboard. Retrieved November 18, 2010. 
  10. ^ "Joan Osborne Album & Song Chart History - Independent Albums". Billboard. Retrieved November 18, 2010. 
  11. ^ "australian-charts.com - Australian charts portal". Hung Medien. australian-charts.com. Retrieved November 18, 2010. 
  12. ^ "Results - RPM - Library and Archives Canada - Top Albums/CDs". RPM. Retrieved November 18, 2010. 
  13. ^ "finnishcharts.com - Finnish charts portal". Hung Medien. finnishcharts.com. Retrieved November 18, 2010. 
  14. ^ "charts.org.nz - New Zealand charts portal". Hung Medien. charts.org.nz. Retrieved November 18, 2010. 
  15. ^ "swedishcharts.com - Swedish charts portal". Hung Medien. swedishcharts.com. Retrieved November 18, 2010. 
  16. ^ "Die Offizielle Schweizer Hitparade und Music Community". Hung Medien. hitparade.ch. Retrieved November 18, 2010. 
  17. ^ "Chart Stats - Joan Osborne". chartstats.com. Retrieved November 18, 2010. 
  18. ^ "Canadian album certifications – Joan Osborne – Relish". Music Canada. 
  19. ^ "British albums certifications – Joan Osborne – Relish". British Phonographic Industry.  Enter Relish in the field Search. Select Title in the field Search by. Select ' in the field By Format. Click Go
  20. ^ "American albums certifications – Joan Osborne – Relish". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select ', then click SEARCH
  21. ^ "Joan Osborne Album & Song Chart History - Hot 100". Billboard. Retrieved November 18, 2010. 
  22. ^ "Joan Osborne Album & Song Chart History - Adult Contemporary". Billboard. Retrieved November 18, 2010. 
  23. ^ "Joan Osborne Album & song Chart History - Adult Pop Songs". Billboard. Retrieved November 18, 2010. 
  24. ^ "Joan Osborne Album & Song Chart History - Pop Songs". Billboard. Retrieved November 18, 2010. 
  25. ^ "Joan Osborne Album & Song Chart History - Alternative Songs". Billboard. Retrieved November 18, 2010. 
  26. ^ "Dutch Top 40 > Joan Osborne" (in Dutch). Stichting Nederlandse Top 40. Retrieved 2012-12-25. 
  27. ^ "australian-charts.com - Australian charts portal". Hung Medien. australian-charts.com. Retrieved November 18, 2010. 
  28. ^ "Results - RPM - Library and Archives Canada - Top Singles". RPM. Retrieved November 18, 2010. 
  29. ^ "Results - RPM - Library and Archives Canada - Adult Contemporary". RPM. Retrieved November 18, 2010. 
  30. ^ "charts.org.nz - New Zealand charts portal". Hung Medien. charts.org.nz. Retrieved November 18, 2010. 
  31. ^ "Chart Log UK: The O - Ozric Tentacles". The Official Charts Company. Retrieved November 18, 2010. 
  32. ^ "RIAA - Gold & Platinum - November 18, 2010: Joan Osborne certified singles". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved November 18, 2010. 
  33. ^ "Future Releases on Triple A (AAA) Radio Stations". All Access Music Group. Archived from the original on 2014-03-06. 
  34. ^ "Joan Osborne Album & Song Chart History - Jazz Songs". Billboard. Retrieved November 18, 2010. 

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