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Grammy-Nominated Artist Obsorne, Folk Singer Shera Perform In Hastings

Joan Osborne, an acclaimed multi-platinum recording artist and an seven-time Grammy Award nominee.
Joan Osborne, an acclaimed multi-platinum recording artist and an seven-time Grammy Award nominee. Photo Credit: Wikipedia

HASTINGS-ON-HUDSON, N.Y. -- Joan Osborne, an acclaimed multi-platinum recording artist and an seven-time Grammy Award nominee,  and Lauren Shera, who bears a combination of folk-tinged, country-influenced music, will perform at The Purple Crayon Center in Hastings-On-Hudson on Saturday, April 4.

Osborne studied theatre arts in college and attended NYU film school on a scholarship. 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 also shared the stage with Bob Dylan, Luciano Pavarotti, Stevie Wonder, Emmylou Harris and Patti Smith to name just a few.

Osborne has produced two albums for Americana stalwarts the Holmes Brothers and co-produced her most recent critically acclaimed release, “Bring it on Home,” which was nominated in the category of Best Blues Album at the 2013 Grammy Awards.

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.

Shera, who moved to Nashville the day after the final recording session for Gold and Rust, wrote the album as a musical farewell to her home state of California.

“Making the record and finishing it, knowing that I was about to be leaving, inspired some of the songs,” explains Shera.

More info and tickets are available at www.purplecrayoncenter.org/live

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