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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

Joan Osborne - 'Relish'March 21: Joan's first major label LP and breakthrough LP, Relish was released. The LP found critical success including a Grammy nomination for Album of the Year, but didn't find commercial success until "One Of Us" hit the radio airwaves and video channels.

November 11: Joan hit the ARC Weekly Top 40 with "One Of Us."

Joan Osborne - "One Of Us" (Single)December 16: Joan hit the Top 10 with "One Of Us."

1996... # 36 Singles Artist of the Year

February
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 2: Joan hit #1 for 2 weeks ARC Weekly Top 40 with "One Of Us."

Joan Osborne - 'The Early Recordings'November 5: The Early Recordings was released and contained predominantly live 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.

Joan Osborne - "St. Teresa" (Single) Joan Osborne - "Right Hand Man" (Single) Joan Osborne - "Ladder" (Single) Joan Osborne - "Love's In Need Of Love" (Single) Joan Osborne - "Shake Your Hips" (Single) Joan Osborne - "Thirsty For My Tears" (Single)

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...

Joan Osborne - 'Righteous Love'September 12: Joan released her second studio 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...

Joan Osborne - 'How Sweet It Is' September 24: Joan released a collection of cover tunes with How Sweet It Is.
September 24: 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
button.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."

2005...

Joan Osborne - 'One Of Us'June 28: The hits compilation One Of Us was released.

2006...

Joan Osborne - 'Pretty Little Stranger'November 14: Joan released Pretty Little Stranger which Joan described as "my version of a country record."

2007...

Joan Osborne - 'Breakfast In Bed'May 22: Joan released a collection of cover tunes of soul influence with Breakfast In Bed.

2008...

Joan Osborne - 'Little Wild One'September 29: Joan released Little Wild One.

2012...

Joan Osborne - 'Bring It On Home'March 27: Joan released Bring It On Home.

2013...

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

2014...

2017...



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Joan Osborne - Relish
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Relish

Released: March 21, 1995
US: 3x Platinum
Billboard Top 200 LPs peak: # 9
Grammy Nominee: Album of the Year
Rolling Stone: 4 stars from Rolling Stone - Entertainment Weekly: A-
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'
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The Early Recordings

Released: November 5, 1996
Entertainment Weekly: B
Live 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'
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Righteous Love

Released: September 12, 2000
Billboard Top 200 LPs peak: # 90
Rolling Stone: 3 and 1/2 stars from Rolling Stone - Entertainment Weekly: B
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'
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How Sweet It Is

Released: September 24, 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"

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One Of Us

Released: June 28, 2005
Tracks: "One Of Us" - "How Sweet It Is" - "Why Can't We Live Together" - "Everybody Is A Star" - "Smiling Faces Sometimes" - "These Arms Of Mine" - "Right Hand Man" - "Only You Know And I Know" - "Think" - "I'll Be Around" - "Love's In Need Of Love Today"
Joan Osborne - 'Pretty Little Stranger'
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Pretty Little Stranger

Released: November 14, 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'
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Breakfast In Bed

Released: May 22, 2007
Billboard Top 200 LPs 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'
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Little Wild One

Released: September 9, 2008
Entertainment Weekly: B
Billboard Top 200 LPs 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'
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Bring It On Home

Released: March 27, 2012
Billboard Top 200 LPs peak: # 154
Grammy Nominee: Best Blues Album
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'
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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"
Joan Osborne - 'Songs Of Bob Dylan'
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Songs Of Bob Dylan

Released: September 1, 2017
Tracks: "Tangled Up In Blue" - "Rainy Day WOmen #12 & 35" - "Buckets Of Rain" - "Highway 61 Revisited" - "Queen The Eskimo (The Mighty Quinn)" - "Tryin' To Get To Heaven" - "Spanish Harlem Incident" - "Dark Eyes" - "High Water" - "You're Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go" - "Masters Of War" - "You Ain't Goin' Nowhere" - "Ring Them Bells"
POP SINGLES DISCOGRAPHY [based on The ARC Weekly Top 40 (listing explanation)
1 One Of Us

from the LP
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
Year-End Chart Position: # 6
RIAA Certification: Gold
Grammy Nominee: Record of the Year, Best Female Pop Vocal Performance
VH1: '100 Greatest Songs of the 90's': # 54
1(2) 24 1996 Joan Osborne - "One Of Us" (Single)
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  St. Teresa

from the LP
Relish
Grammy Nominee: Best Rock Vocal Performance - Female
** ** 1996 Joan Osborne - "St. Teresa" (Single)
iTunes
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  Right Hand Man

from the LP
Relish
** ** 1996 Joan Osborne - "Right Hand Man" (Single)
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  Ladder

from the LP
Relish
** ** 1997 Joan Osborne - "Ladder" (Single)
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  Love Is Alive

from the LP
Righteous Love
** ** 2001
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  Love's In Need Of Love

from the LP
How Sweet It Is
** ** 2002 Joan Osborne - "Love's In Need Of Love" (Single)
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  I've Got To Use My Imagination

from the LP
Breakfast In Bed
** ** 2007
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  Sweeter Than The Rest

from the LP
Little Wild One
** ** 2008
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  Shake Your Hips

from the LP
Bring It On Home
** ** 2012 Joan Osborne - "Shake Your Hips" (Single)
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  Thirsty For My Tears

from the LP
Love & Hate
** ** 2014 Joan Osborne - "Thirsty For My Tears" (Single)
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