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BIRTHDAY: July 8, 1963
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BIGGEST SINGLE: "One Of Us" (1996)
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BIGGEST LP: Relish (1995)
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GRAMMY AWARDS: 0

 
TIMELINE

Joan Osbornebutton.gif (123 bytes) Joan Osborne was born on July 8, 1962, in Kentucky. Joan originally attended NYU's film school, but began singing at clubs around New York after singing a Billie Holiday song at a bar's open-mic night at the urging of friends.

1992...

button.gif (123 bytes) Joan formed her own label called Womanly Hips and release a live LP, Soul Show. Joan then released the EP, Blue Million Miles and signed with Mercury Records. Joan displayed that she is gifted not only with her voice, but with her complex lyrics that invoke both the imagination and the mind. She puts rock and soul qualities in all her songs, and creates music that is catchy and personable.

1995... # 92 Singles Artist of the Year

March
Joan Osborne - Relishbutton.gif (123 bytes) Joan's first major label LP and breakthrough LP, Relish was released in March. The LP found critical success, but didn't find commercial success until "One Of Us" hit the radio airwaves and video channels.

November
button.gif (123 bytes) "One Of Us" hit the Top 40.

December
button.gif (123 bytes) "One Of Us" hit the Top 10.

1996... # 36 Singles Artist of the Year

February
Joan Osborne - "One Of Us" (Single)button.gif (123 bytes) Joan went on to receive numerous Grammy Award nominations including Album of the Year (Relish), Record of the Year, Best Female Pop Vocal Performance ("One Of Us"), Best Rock Vocal Performance - Female ("St. Teresa") and Best New Artist. Although she went home empty handed, Joan had established herself as a major female recording artist. Joan was the catalyst for some Grammy controversy - religious groups were complaining that Joan's songs "One Of Us" and "St. Teresa" were anti-religious. Grammy officials did not give in to the controversy. Ironically, Joan's ability to express potent imagery with her lyrics had teenagers singing "What if God was one of us" while religious zealots cried blasphemy.

March
button.gif (123 bytes) "One Of Us" hit #1 for 2 weeks and other tracks on the LP got more exposure (notably, "Right Hand Man" and "St. Theresa").

November
Joan Osborne - The Early Recordingsbutton.gif (123 bytes) Joan released The Early Recordings which contained selections from Soul Show: Live At Delta (from 1991) and Blue Million Miles (from 1993).

1997...

February
button.gif (123 bytes) Joan was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Rock Vocal Performance - Female for "Spider Web."

June
Joan Osbornebutton.gif (123 bytes) Joan participated in the highly successful Lilith Fair package tour. At one point during the tour, Joan took a stand for pro-choice rights. The tour's organizer, Sarah McLachlan, and Joan stated that in the future they would not perform at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion in Texas. Planned Parenthood had problems being allowed to set up a booth due to the venue's policies. Joan later graced the stage with a Planned Parenthood t-shirt and stated to the crowd, "I'm the face of pro-choice Texas."

1998...

November
button.gif (123 bytes) A Joan Osborne boycott was staged by an anti-abortion group after Joan participated in several public service announcements for the pro-choice Planned Parenthood. Joan recorded radio spots in support of Planned Parenthood.
button.gif (123 bytes) Joan has also recorded a duet with Bob Dylan on a cover of "Chimes Of Freedom" for an NBC mini-series.

1999...

February
button.gif (123 bytes) Joan could be heard on the soundtrack for The Other Sister with "At Last."

September
button.gif (123 bytes) Joan could be heard on the soundtrack of For The Love Of The Game with "Baby Love."
button.gif (123 bytes) Joan could be heard on the Indigo Girls' LP Come On Now Social on the tracks "Trouble" and "Peace Tonight."

2000...

September
Joan Osborne - Righteous Lovebutton.gif (123 bytes) Joan released her next LP Righteous Love and began a tour starting in New York.

2001...

June
button.gif (123 bytes) Joan continued touring as the track "Love Is Alive" hit the airwaves.

2002...

September
Joan Osborne - How Sweet It Isbutton.gif (123 bytes) Joan released a collection of cover tunes with How Sweet It Is.
button.gif (123 bytes) Joan could be heard on the compilation
Standing In The Shadows Of Motown with "(Love Is Like A) Heat Wave."

2003...

button.gif (123 bytes) Joan toured for a short time with the Funk Brothers and opened a few nights for the Dixie Chicks. During the summer, Joan opened for The Other Ones.

October
Joan Osborne - Pretty Little Strangerbutton.gif (123 bytes) Joan could be heard on the compilation tribute to Dolly Parton LP, Just Because I'm A Woman, with "Do I Ever Cross Your Mind."

2006...

November
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Pretty Little Stranger which Joan described as "my version of a country record."

2007...

May
Joan Osborne - Little Wild Onebutton.gif (123 bytes) Joan released a collection of cover tunes with Breakfast In Bed.

December
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VH1: 100 Greatest Songs of the 90's included "One Of Us" at # 54.

2008...

September
Joan Osborne - 'Bring It On Home'button.gif (123 bytes) Joan released Little Wild One (Entertainment Weekly: B).

2012...

March
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Bring It On Home.

2013...

February
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Grammy Award for Best Blues Album (Bring It On Home).

2014...



LPs
Joan Osborne - Relish Relish
Released: March, 1995
US: 3x Platinum
Billboard peak: # 9
Rolling Stone review: 4 stars from Rolling Stone
Tracks: "St. Teresa" - "Man In The Long Black Coat" - "Right Hand Man" - "Pensacola" - "Dracula Moon" - "One Of Us" - "Ladder" - "Spider Web" - "Let's Just Get Naked" - "Help Me" - "Crazy Baby" - "Lumina"
Joan Osborne - The Early Recordings The Early Recordings
Released: November, 1996
Tracks: "Fly Away" - "Dreamin' About The Day" - "His Eyes Are A Blue Million Miles" - "Fingerprints" - "4 Camels" - "What You Gonna Do" - "Match Burn Twice" - "Billie Listens (To Your Heartbeat)" - "Wild World" - "Son Of A Preacher Man" - "Get Up Jack"
Joan Osborne - Righteous Love Righteous Love
Released: September, 2000
Billboard peak: # 90
Rolling Stone review: 3 and 1/2 stars from Rolling Stone
Tracks: "Running Out Of Time" - "Righteous Love" - "Safety In Numbers" - "Love Is Alive" - "Angel Face" - "Grand Illusion" - "If I Was Your Man" - "Baby Love" - "Hurricane" - "Poisoned Apples (Hallelujah)" - "To Make You Feel My Love"
Joan Osborne - How Sweet It Is How Sweet It Is
Released: September, 2002
Tracks: "I'll Be Around" - "Think" - "How Sweet It Is" - "Smiling Faces Sometimes" - "Love's In Need Of Love Today" - "These Arms Of Mine" - "Only You Know And I Know" - "War" - 'Why Can't We Live Together" - "Axis: Bold As Love" - "The Weight" - "Everybody Is A Star"
Joan Osborne - Pretty Little Stranger Pretty Little Stranger
Released: November, 2006
Entertainment Weekly: A-
Tracks: "Pretty Little Stranger" - "Holy Waters" - "Brokedown Palace" - "What You Are" - "Shake The Devil" - "Time Won't Tell" - "Please Don't Tell Me How The Story Ends" - "Who Divided" - "Til I Get It Right" - "Dead Roses" - "After Jane" - "When The Blue Hour Comes"
Joan Osborne - Breakfast In Bed Breakfast In Bed
Released: May, 2007
Billboard peak: # 160
Tracks: "I've Got To Use My Imagination" - "Ain't No Sunshine" - "Midnight Train To Georgia" - "Baby Is A Butterfly" - "Breakfast In Bed" - "Cream Dream" - "Natural High" - "Heart Of Stone" - "Sara Smile" - "Eliminate The Night" - "Break Up To Make Up" - "I Know What's Goin' On" - "Alone With You" - "Kiss And Say Goodbye" - "Heat Wave" - "What Becomes Of The Brokenhearted"
Joan Osborne - Little Wild One Little Wild One
Released: September, 2008
Billboard peak: # 193
Tracks: "Hallelujah In The City" - "Sweeter Than The Rest" - "Cathedrals" - "Little Wild One" - "Rodeo" - "To The One I Love" - "Daddy-O" - "Meet You In The Middle" - "Can't Say No" - "Light Of This World" - "Bury Me On The Battery"
Joan Osborne - 'Bring It On Home' Bring It On Home
Released: March, 2012
Tracks: "I Don't Need No Doctor" - "Bring it On Home" - "Roll Like A Big Wheel" - "Game Of Love" - "Broken Wings" - "Shoorah! Shoorah!" - "I Want To Be Loved" - "The Same Love That Made Me Laugh" - "Shake Your Hips" - "I'm Qualified" - "Champagne And Wine" - "Rhymes"
Joan Osborne - 'Love & Hate' Love & Hate
Released: April 8, 2014
Tracks: "Where We Start" - "Work On Me" - "Mongrels" - "Train" - "Up All Night" - "Not Too Well Acquainted" - "Thirst For My Tears" - "Love And Hate" - "Kitten's Got Claws" - "Secret Room" - "Keep It Underground" - "Raga"
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1 One Of Us

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Relish
ARC chart run: 38 - 32 - 24 - 15 - 12 - 10 - 8 - 7 - 6 - 4 - 3 - 3 - 3 - 3 - 3 - 3 - 1 - 1 - 3 - 10 - 16 - 23 - 35 - 37 - off
1(2) 24 1996 Joan Osborne - "One Of Us" (Single)
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  Right Hand Man
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  St. Teresa
Relish
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  Love Is Alive
Righteous Love
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