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Brickell was born in Oak Cliff, Dallas, Texas. She attended high
school at the Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and
Visual Arts in Dallas. She attended Southern Methodist University for a
year and a half. In 1985, she made the decision one night in a bar to
get up on stage with a local folk rock group, New Bohemians. She would
join the band as lead singer. After the band was signed to a recording
contract, the label changed the group's name to Edie Brickell & New
Bohemians. Their 1988 debut album Shooting Rubberbands at the Stars
became a critical and commercial success, with the big hit, "What I Am".
The band's follow-up album, Ghost of a Dog (1990), did not fare as
well. As a solo artist, Brickell released Picture Perfect Morning (1994)
and Volcano (2003). In 2006 she reunited with some of the original
members of New Bohemians and they released the album Stranger Things.
Edie Arlisa Brickell
(born March 10, 1966) is an American singer-songwriter widely known for
1988's Shooting Rubberbands at the Stars, the debut album by Edie
Brickell & New Bohemians, which went #4 on the US Albums Chart.
In late 2007, Brickell and her stepson Harper Simon formed the band The
Heavy Circles. They released a single on iTunes entitled "Hands On." The
Heavy Circles released a debut album on February 12, 2008, featuring
Sean Lennon, Martha Wainwright, and members of Cibo Matto. In 2010,
Brickell became a founding member of new band The Gaddabouts, consisting
of Steve Gadd - drums, Edie Brickell - lead vocal, guitar, Andy
Fairweather Low - electric & acoustic guitars, background vocals,
Pino Palladino - bass, guitar, also featuring Dan Block, Ronnie Cuber,
Joey DeFrancesco, Gil Goldstein, Marcus Rojas.
Brickell had a role as a folk singer in the 1989 film, Born on the
Fourth of July. Her version of Bob Dylan's "A Hard Rain's a-Gonna Fall"
is featured on the film's soundtrack. She also sang a cover version of
Lou Reed's Walk on the Wild Side in the 1990 film Flashback. Her "Good
Times" video was included as part of the multimedia samples on the
Windows 95 installation CD-ROM.
Her father, Eddie Brickell, "the Fort Worth Southpaw", was posthumously
inducted into the Texas State Bowling Association Hall of Fame in 1988.
Brickell married singer-songwriter Paul Simon on May 30, 1992. Brickell
was performing on NBC's Saturday Night Live on Saturday November 5,
1988 when she noticed Simon standing in front of the cameraman. "He made
me mess the song up when I looked at him," she said with a smile. "We
can show the kids the tape and say, 'Look, that's when we first laid
eyes on each other.'" Brickell and Simon have three children—Adrian,
Lulu and Gabriel.
In 2011, Edie wrote the title track “The Meaning of Life” for
writer/director Tamar Halpern’s film Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of
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Official Homepage: ediebrickell.com
Shooting Rubberbands at the Stars (Geffen Records, 1988)
Ghost of a Dog (Geffen Records, 1990)
Picture Perfect Morning (Geffen Records, 1994)
Stranger Things (Fantasy Records, 2006)
The Heavy Circles (Dynamite Child, 2008)
Edie Brickell (Racecarlotta Records, 2011)