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Joan Osborne

Singer Joan Osborne was born on July 8, 1962, in the town of Anchorage, Kentucky, but it wasn't until relocating to New York City in the early '90s (to study at NYU's film school) that she began to take a singing career seriously after performing Billie Holiday's classic "God Bless the Child" at a local bar's open-mike night. In addition to Holiday, Osborne looked to such legendary vocalists as Etta James and Ray Charles as role models, as the up-and-coming singer decided not to cater to major record companies and formed her own label, Womanly Hips, which resulted in such releases as 1992's in-concert Soul Show, among others. But eventually Osborne decided to sign on with a major label, Mercury, which in turn issued the singer's next release, Relish, in March 1995. The album proved to have a long life, as almost a year after its initial release the track "One of Us" became a massive MTV and radio smash, camping out at the number one spot on the U.S. singles chart for two weeks, and Relish eventually racked up sales of three-million copies. Further tracks ("Right Hand Man" and "St. Teresa") failed to match the success of Osborne's first hit, but the singer still managed to connect with a large and appreciative audience, especially after touring as part of the 1997 edition of Sarah McLachlan's Lilith Fair tour. Osborne also received numerous Grammy nominations in both 1996 and 1997.

Producing a worthy follow-up to Relish proved to be a time-consuming challenge for Osborne. Mercury tried to buy some time by issuing a compilation release, Early Recordings (which collected the early releases Live at Delta '88 and Blue Million Miles). In the meantime, Osborne focused on supporting a few groups/causes she felt strongly about, such as Rock the Vote and Planned Parenthood (eventually being named an honorary member of Planned Parenthood's board of advocates), in addition to covering "I'm Just a Bill" as a duet with Isaac Hayes on the 1998 Schoolhouse Rocks the Vote! benefit album. She also studied briefly with late Qawwali master Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan and performed alongside such notables as Stevie Wonder, Melissa Etheridge, Taj Mahal, Luciano Pavarotti, Spearhead, Bob Dylan, and the Chieftains. September 2000 finally saw the release of Osborne's next all-new studio album, titled Righteous Love, which failed to match its predecessor's commercial success and sank from sight shortly after release. She bounced back in 2002 with How Sweet It Is, a collection of covers that leaned heavily on classic soul and R&B tunes from the '60s and '70s. A career retrospective, One of Us, followed in 2005. Vanguard picked her up shortly after this, and Osborne released her first full-length on that label, a country-tinged effort called Pretty Little Stranger, in 2006. It was followed in 2007 by Breakfast in Bed and in 2008 by Little Wild One. After a break of three years, Osborne re-entered a recording studio with her road band and co-producer Jack Petruzzelli. They emerged with a raw, wooly collection of classic blues and R&B covers entitled Bring It on Home; it was released in the spring of 2012.

She took more direct control over her next release, Love & Hate. Osborne and Petruzzelli re-teamed for co-production duties, but this time she but wrote or co-wrote every song. The album was released in the spring of 2014. ~ Greg Prato
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Track List: Thirsty For My Tears (Single)

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robinfirewoo d
Miss Joanie one of my favorites If you get the chance she is amazing live What gal
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First time for a different version...do n ' t
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Very nice voice pure and a bit sexy..
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Luv this sound!
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david2259
Joan played a memorable show at the Kessler Theatre in Dallas recently. Sara Hickman opened. What a great show!
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Have liked her since her first album Relish was released. She's edgy, belts some cool Blues, is raw and full of soul. Saw her this past weekend at the Siren Mountain Jam Women's Festival in Boone, NC. she was the Saturday night headliner, well worth the wait. She rocked the solstice moon! All that coming from a fan of the 60s who barely knows modern music (post '75). Another great Joanie.
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Going to see her tonight!! One World in Austin Texas I've been wanting to see her for a very long time. One wish came true!!
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She is a true musical channel. This is of the universe. Amazing. And amazing song writing too. I believe it's by bob Dylan? Another cosmic force. Such a blessing to be able to hear this song
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jtny786_
This lady can sing the heck out of these songs. One of the best renditions that I've heard of Ain't No Sunshine, including from the masters, Bill Withers and Buddy Guy!
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going to see her in concert tonight!
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shanda.speak s
Awesome voice...Reli s h is filled with great songs from a talented singer.
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katesings49
If you get a chance to view the *Standing in the Shadows of Motown. Watch it. She rises to the occasion. The Funk Bros. are having as much fun as she is. Peace
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ss5hb
I saw Joan last year at The stephentalkh o u s e in Amagansett, NY. She was great! I just saw her again the other night at The City Winery, NYC
she was even better than my first concert. I was privleged to sit right up front 1st row What a Treat. Being an old Dead Head my favorite part of the show was Joan singing Stella Blue very fitting since it was just Jerry's 70th Birthday. Joan is just sooooooo good.
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Besides the fact that she's a great singer-she's not a sellout. She stays true to herself and continues to put out tasty music to those of us fabulous enough to dig to it!
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I just heard Breakfast in Bed a couple of weeks ago - wonderful!!!
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jwalton1204
I have been listening to her since a young child I just love her!!!
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Beautiful singer.
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you are a great artist, what if god could hear you singing that praise, he would say well done my daughter. What if god was one of us? Smile
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Happy B'day Joan. Easy for me to remember; my son shares your b'day. I've seen you in Philly & Sellersville Theater twice. And I still wonder: "What Becomes of the Broken-heart e d " ?
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I want to be Joan Osborne when I grow up.
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sings with phil lesh sometimes
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Reminds me a lot of Linda Ronstadt from years ago.
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I started with being drawn to "one of us" and then picked up hearing other songs done by her. She is one of my favorite singers.
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deewee30
I was lucky enough to see her at The Belly Up in Solana Beach with one of the Neville bros. in 2002. Awesome!
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im a mowtown kid from new haven ct and caldwell n.j. area now 51 and when i herd her vertion on funk brothers broken harts i was knocked out.
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swhite43
I agree, "I'll Be Around" from the One Of Us album is hot!
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swhite43
Her cover of "I'll Be Around" is simply the best version ever!
sdw
Dallas
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I'd have to say, being a '60's flower child, Joan is my very favorite female vocalist today. She has an amazing strength and spiritual quality to her voice that just grabs me. I, too, am a musician and singer and I relish finding her music today, and always. Thank you, wish you would show up sometime in Florida!
xoxoB
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I really like her song One Of Us. It is really cool.
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michelebeall
she also has a great live album from shows she did in NYC called
"early recordings"- one of my favorite albums of hers:)
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hey joan, thanks
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jessicaakell y
one of the best female artists of the last 15 years.wish joan would tour england. thanks for the music. paul (floydfan2).
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Fabulous artist - more to be seen of her.
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A great voice and some really terrific songs. She's definitely not a "one-hit" wonder. "Relish" and "Breakfast In Bed" are both great albums.
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hey rusty, f**k you
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Joan Osborne is soulful and deep. She is awesome live!
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wow people are pretty harsh I love her she has a powerfull voice
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rusty97015
I was taught, if you don't have anything nice to say, say nothing.
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again, thank You, sometimes You take my breath away
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dear god, once again i find myself looking up and saying, hey dudeski,than k s
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washed up? NEVER one of my favorites then and now
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emlod5
She is washed up or was since "one of us" which she didn't write
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I agree, Please add St. Theresa. Thank you.
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if you don't have St. theresa please add. it is such an inspirationa l , spiratual song. she is an amazing artist.
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Relish is one of my favorite albums. Many people knock her off as a one-hit wonder with "One of Us" but she has many great songs and an incredible voice. I recently got Breakfast In Bed and love it.
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A beautiful woman with a beautiful voice.
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please add "Christmas Means Love"

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