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Joan Osborne

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Biography

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 wrote or co-wrote every song. The album was released in the spring of 2014. For her next project, Osborne turned to her fans to crowd-fund a collection of Bob Dylan covers. The album, Songs of Bob Dylan, was released in 2017. ~ Greg Prato
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Top Tracks

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    Popularity
  2.   One of Us
  3.   Brokedown Palace
  4.   Hallelujah in the City
  5.   St. Teresa
  6.   Little Wild One
  7.   Let's Just Get Naked
  8.   Shake Your Hips
  9.   Bury Me on the Battery
  10.   Champagne and Wine
  11.   Roll Like a Big Wheel
  12.   I Don't Need No Doctor
  13.   Son of a Preacher Man
  14.   I'll Be Around
  15.   Sweeter Than the Rest
  16.   Hurricane
  17.   Holy Waters
  18.   After Jane
  19.   Dead Roses
  20.   What You Are
  21.   Please Don't Tell Me How The Story Ends
  22.   Pretty Little Stranger
  23.   Shake That Devil
  24.   Spider Web
  25.   Christmas Must Be Tonight
  26.   Work on Me
  27.   4 Camels
  28.   Baby Is a Butterfly
  29.   Who Divided
  30.   His Eyes Are a Blue Million Miles
  31.   Dark Eyes
  32.   Spanish Harlem Incident
  33.   Quinn the Eskimo (The Mighty Quinn)
  34.   Tangled Up in Blue
  35.   You're Driving Me (To the Arms of a Stranger)
  36.   Mighty One
  37.   Raga
  38.   Keep It Underground
  39.   Love and Hate
  40.   Rhymes
  41.   Sleepytime In Kenturcky
  42.   Alone with You
  43.   Kiss and Say Goodbye
  44.   Cream Dream
  45.   Heart of Stone
  46.   Angels We Have Heard on High
  47.   Christmas in New Orleans
  48.   Cherry Tree Carol
  49.   Away in a Manger
  50.   What Becomes of the Brokenhearted
  51.   Heat Wave
  52.   The Weight
  53.   Make You Feel My Love
  54.   Right Hand Man
  55.   Man in the Long Black Coat
  56.   Billie Listens
  57.   Spooky
  58.   Angel Face
  59.   Poison Apples (Hallelujah)
  60.   These Arms of Mine
  61.   Eliminate the Night
  62.   Crazy Baby
  63.   Ring Them Bells
  64.   You're Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go
  65.   High Water (For Charlie Patton)
  66.   I Know What's Going On
  67.   Silent Night
  68.   Great Day in December
  69.   Only You Know And I Know
  70.   Love's in Need of Love Today
  71.   Grand Illusion
  72.   Love Is Alive
  73.   Ladder
  74.   Wild World
  75.   Children Go Where I Send Thee
  76.   Rainy Day Women #12 & 35
  77.   Safety in Numbers
  78.   Tryin' to Get to Heaven
  79.   Masters of War
  80.   Running Out of Time
  81.   Game of Love
  82.   Help Me
  83.   Only You and I Know
  84.   Mongrels
  85.   Secret Room
  86.   Christmas Means Love
  87.   Highway 61 Revisited
  88.   Broken Wings
  89.   Where We Start
  90.   Smiling Faces Sometimes
  91.   Rodeo
  92.   Flyaway
  93.   Here Comes What's Coming
  94.   Kitten's Got Claws
  95.   Up All Night
  96.   Same Love That Made Me Laugh
  97.   I Want to Be Loved
  98.   Shoorah! Shoorah!
  99.   I've Got to Use My Imagination
  100.   Midnight Train to Georgia
  101.   Natural High
  102.   When The Blue Hour Comes
  103.   Time Won't Tell
  104.   What Do Bad Girls Get?
  105.   Santa Claus Baby
  106.   War
  107.   Axis (Bold As Love)
  108.   Think
  109.   Righteous Love
  110.   Baby Love
  111.   Lumina
  112.   Dracula Moon
  113.   Match Burn Twice
  114.   Fingerprints
  115.   Pensacola
  116.   To the One I Love
  117.   Thirsty for My Tears
  118.   Ain't No Sunshine
  119.   Everybody Is a Star
  120.   Train
  121.   I'm Qualified
  122.   You Ain't Goin' Nowhere
  123.   Dreamin' About the Day
  124.   What You Gonna Do
  125.   Not Too Well Acquainted
  126.   If I Was Your Man
  127.   Breakfast in Bed
  128.   Sara Smile
  129.   Light of This World
  130.   Get Up Jack
  131.   Buckets of Rain
  132.   Break Up to Make Up
  133.   Why Can't We Live Together
  134.   How Sweet It Is
  135.   Daddy-O
  136.   Till I Get It Right
  137.   Cathedrals
  138.   Meet You in the Middle
  139.   Can't Say No
  140.   Bring It on Home
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