Joan Osborne

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Singer Joan Osborne was born on July 8, 1962, in the town of Anchorage, KY, but it wasn't until relocating to New York City in the early '90s (to study at N.Y.U.'s film school) that she began to take a singing career seriously after singing Billie Holiday's classic "God Bless the Child" at a local bar's "open mic 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 eventually racked up sales of three million copies and 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 2 weeks. Other 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 while touring as part of the 1997 edition of Sarah McLachlan's Lilith Fair tour. Osborne received numerous Grammy nominations in both 1996 and 1997.


Top Songs

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    If God had a name what would it be?
    And would you call it to His face?
    If you were faced with Him in all His glory
    What would you ask if you had just one question?
    And yeah, yeah God is great
    One of Us  -  1,767,406 plays
    Sit down on the corner, just a little climb
    When I make my money, got to get my dime
    Sit down with her baby, wind is full of trash
    She bold as the street light, dark and sweet as hash
    Way down in the hollow, leavin' so soon
    St. Teresa  -  130,502 plays
    Crickets are chirpin' the water is high
    There's a soft cotton dress on the line hangin' dry
    Window's wide open African trees
    Bent over backwards in a hurricane breeze
    Not a word, a goodbye, not even a note
    Man in the Long Black Coat  -  77,431 plays
    Let me use your toothbrush
    Have you got a clean shirt?
    My panties are in a wad
    At the bottom of my purse
    I walk into the street
    Right Hand Man  -  64,538 plays
    And your hands are really shakin something awful
    As you light your 27th cigarette
    Oh how long have you been sittin in the darkness
    You forget
    Oh you know you're gettin really hard to be with
    Crazy Baby  -  61,496 plays
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