Although the Kentucky native grew up with a passion for music, when she arrived in New York City in the late 1980s, it was to attend New York University's prestigious film school.  But she couldn't resist the pull of the city's live music scene for long, and soon she was performing her own songs in downtown rock clubs and emerging as a popular presence in a vibrant scene of rootsy new acts that included such then-unknowns as Jeff Buckley, Chris Whitley, Blues Traveler and the Spin Doctors.  In 1992, Osborne launched her own indie label, Womanly Hips, and released the live Soul Show: Live at Delta 88 and the studio EP Blue Million Miles.

Osborne's regional success led to a major-label deal and the release of her 1995 multi-platinum breakthrough album Relish, which included her #1 single "One of Us." Her albums include 2000's Righteous Love, 2002's How Sweet It Is, 2005's Christmas Means Love, 2006's Pretty Little Stranger, 2007's Breakfast in Bed, 2008's Little Wild One and 2012's Bring it on Home.

Joan Osborne

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Considered one of the great voices of her generation, Joan Osborne is a multi-platinum selling recording artist and seven-time Grammy nominee. Her debut album, “Relish,” wove together strands of American roots music, poetic lyrics and impassioned vocals, and produced the international hit “(What if God Was) One of Us.” Osborne has released several albums, toured extensively as both a solo artist and as a member of The Grateful Dead. She has appeared in the Grammy Award-winning documentary “Standing in the Shadows of Motown,” and shared the stage with Bob Dylan, Luciano Pavarotti, Stevie Wonder, Emmylou Harris and Patti Smith to name just a few.

Osborne's latest album "Love and Hate" is "alternately sexy and sassy, rough and ragged. And it’s all so well executed that it just flows with no forcing, no faltering." -Pop Matters

"Combining rootsy, folk-driven Americana with blues, rock and pop, Osborne's music has the peculiar quality of seeming familiar and original at the same time." -NPR

Opening Act: Lauren Shera

Opening for Joan Osborne will be Lauren Shera, who bears an accomplished and unique voice. Her combination of folk-tinged, country-influenced music is a perfect balance of West Coast-meets-Middle America. Paste magazine says, “Lauren Shera’s recent move from California to Nashville inspired much of her latest work [on Gold and Rust]” and The Boston Globe calls Shera a “promising singer-songwriter.” Shera played this year’s Americana Festival in Nashville. She has also opened for notable acts including Billy Bragg, Jason Mraz, Ray LaMontagne and was one of three artists hand-picked for the inaugural Communion Presents tour.