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Edie Brickell

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Edie Brickell (born March 10, 1966 in Oak Cliff, Dallas, Texas) is an American singer-songwriter.

Brickell attended high school at the Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in Dallas, and then attended Southern Methodist Unversity for a year and a half before she made the decision one night in 1985 to get up on stage with a local folk group, New Bohemians. She joined the band as lead singer and the group became Edie Brickell & New Bohemians. Their 1988 debut album, Shooting Rubberbands at the Stars, became a critical and commercial success. The band’s follow-up album, Ghost of a Dog, (1990), fared less 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.

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.

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. Her “Good Times” video was included as part of the multimedia samples on the Windows 95 installation CD-ROM.

Brickell married singer-songwriter Paul Simon on May 30, 1992. Brickell was performing “What I Am“ on NBC's Saturday Night Live 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.’” They have three children:  Adrian Edward (born December 1992), Lucia “Lulu” Jean (born April 1995) and Gabriel Elijah (born May 1998).


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