"Joan Elizabeth Osborne" (born July 8, 1962) is an American singer-songwriter, known chiefly for her song "One of Us".
Originally from Anchorage, Kentucky (now part of Louisville), she moved to New York City in the late 1980's, where Osborne formed her own record label, Womanly Hips, to release a few independent recordings before signing to Mercury Records. Her second (and first major label) album is ''Relish'', which became a hit due to the single "One of Us". The song was much more pop-oriented than the rest of the album, which was steeped in country, blues and folk music. "Right Hand Man" and "St. Teresa" were minor hits following the success of "One of Us", and Osborne's audience grew significantly with her appearance at Lilith Fair. Doing so placed her in the same school of female singer-songwriters as Tori Amos and Sarah McLachlan. Her third studio album was ''Righteous Love'', a long-delayed release, which fell off the charts quickly.
Osborne was featured in the 2002 film ''Standing in the Shadows of Motown'' and toured with legendary Motown sidemen The Funk Brothers. She and her band accompanied the Dixie Chicks for a national tour in the summer of 2003, dur...