In late 1995, a Kentucky native named Joan Osborne launched her soon-to-be ubiquitous debut single.
“One of Us” — which was written by Eric Bazilian of the ’80s pop duo The Hooters — peaked at #4 within the US and was comparatively or much more profitable in a number of different nations world wide.
On movie, its lyrics emitted from the mouths of characters portrayed by Mike Myers in 1999 (“Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me”) and Tom Cruise in 2001 (“Vanilla Sky”). From 2003-2005, it served because the theme to the tv present “Joan of Arcadia.”
Despite by no means duplicating the business success of that tune, Osborne has continued to often launch well-received albums over the previous 20-plus years.
Among the newer of those are the GRAMMY-nominated 2012 R&B and blues covers album “Bring It On Home” and 2017’s “Songs of Bob Dylan.”
Both consisted solely of fabric initially composed and recorded by different artists, however Osborne wrote or co-wrote the entire songs on 2014’s “Love and Hate” and 2020’s “Trouble and Strife,” the latter of which was — just like the Dylan assortment — launched on her self-founded Womanly Hips Records.
The freedom from pop stardom’s trappings has afforded Osborne the chance to exhibit her vary.
She has guested on albums by Blues Traveler, Cheap Trick, Cracker, Indigo Girls, Phil Lesh and Friends, Ricky Skaggs, and The Holmes Brothers. She has additionally participated on albums that paid tribute to Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Kris Kristofferson, Dolly Parton, Jackson Browne, The Police, and Mavis Staples. Furthermore, she toured with the Motown home band The Funk Brothers and appeared with them within the documentary “Standing in the Shadows of Motown.”
Some would name Osborne a one-hit surprise and go away it at that. However, there are ample others who’ve saved her in studios and on phases for the three full a long time which have handed since her pre-“One of Us” days.
Being in such capacities is, I believe, what Osborne has been in it for from the get-go.
Osborne’s present tour features a headlining spot that caps off two full days of occasions and performances at The Newburyport Arts & Cultural Spring Festival — proper on the water and freed from cost.
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