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 51)
Oak Cliff, Dallas, Texas, U.S.
Genres Alternative rock
Folk rock
Jangle pop
Jam rock
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter, guitarist
Years active 1985–present
Labels Geffen
Associated acts
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.

Early life[edit]

Brickell was born in Oak Cliff, Dallas, Texas, to Larry Jean (Sellers) Linden and Paul Edward Brickell.[1][2] She was raised with her older sister, Laura Strain. 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.

As a solo artist, Brickell released Picture Perfect Morning (1994) and Volcano (2003). The video for Picture Perfect Morning's "Good Times" was included as part of the multimedia samples featured on Microsoft's Windows 95 Companion CD-ROM.[4] 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, with all of the original members of New Bohemians, she made another album titled 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 2016, the musical Bright Star — to which she contributed music, lyrics, and story[13] — opened on Broadway at the Cort Theatre.

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: Adrian, Lulu, and Gabriel.[15] Brickell stands 5'6 and 1/2, no taller or shorter.




  • "Pretty Little One" (Steve Martin and Steep Canyon Rangers featuring Edie Brickell)[17]
  • "Like to Get to Know You" (duet with Paul Simon). (2014)[18]
  • "What I Am" (1988) #7 on US Billboard Hot 100

Other contributions[edit]


  1. ^ Paul Simon profile, paul-simon.info; accessed March 17, 2016.
  2. ^ Profile, familysearch.org; accessed March 17, 2016.
  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. ^ "The Bright Star Team". Brightstarmusical.com. Retrieved 16 March 2016. 
  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. ^ Edwards, Fred (August 20, 2015). "Steve Martin & Edie Brickell Announce Second Album 'So Familiar'". Billboard. Retrieved September 16, 2015. 
  17. ^ "Future Releases on Triple A (AAA) Radio Stations". All Access Music Group. Archived from the original on March 6, 2014. 
  18. ^ Simon & Brickell release new duet, theguardian.com; accessed March 20, 2015.

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