was born in 1966 in the Oak Cliff section of Dallas. She attended Southern Methodist University for a year and a half before mustering the courage in a bar one night in 1985 to get up on-stage with a local band, the New Bohemians. She joined the band and wrote songs over the next year as the band changed and evolved. They finally settled on the personnel of Brad Houser (bass), Kenny Withrow (guitar), and Matt Chamberlain (drums) before taking off for Rockfield Studios in Wales to record their debut album. That album, Shooting Rubberbands at the Stars, released by Geffen Records, revealed Brickell to be a songwriter with a unique perspective and a singer with an intimate, conversational style. The album was hailed by critics and became a massive hit, selling over a million copies and producing the Top Ten hit 'What I Am.'
After the disappointing performance of their follow-up album,Ghost of a Dog, the New Bohemians disbanded. Brickellmarried Paul Simon and the couple had a child. After several years of remaining artistically quiet, she released her first solo album in late summer 1994. While Picture Perfect Morningwas pleasantly received, it wasn't a return to the million-selling heights of the New Bohemian zenith. This was fine with Brickell, who had burned out from the press attention and touring that followed Rubberbands' success, and was content to quietly issue the record while focusing on her andSimon's young son. Geffen naturally thought otherwise, butBrickell was resolute. She wouldn't return to recording until almost ten years later. In the interim, two greatest-hits packages appeared: Best Of on MCA International and Hip-O's Ultimate Collection from 2002. Of these, the latter was most comprehensive, drawing on material both with and without the Bohemians and featuring seven previously unreleased tracks.
Brickell finally hit restart on her solo career in 2003 withVolcano (Cherry/Universal). Produced by Charlie Sexton, the LP explored some new stylistic avenues inside the familiar rootsy landscape, and showed off Brickell's newly acquired acoustic guitar skills. She supported the effort with the usual round of late-night TV appearances and a brief tour. In 2006, she reunited with some of the original members of the New Bohemians for Stranger Things, the first studio album from the group in almost 16 years. Tragedy struck the band a year later when keyboardist Carter Albrecht was shot in the head and killed in a bizarre misunderstanding involving his neighbor. Two Brickell projects were released in 2011, an eponymous solo album (her third) and a collaboration with Steve Gadd, Pino Palladino, and Andy Fairweather Low called the Gaddabouts. Love Has Come for You, a collaboration with Steve Martin which featured her lyrics and singing over Martin's banjo-composed melodies, appeared in the spring of 2013. (William Ruhlmann courtesy of allmusic.com)
As an actor, comedian, author, playwright, screenwriter, producer and musician, Steve Martin is one of the most diversified performers and acclaimed artists of his generation.
Martin has been successful as a writer of and performer in some of the most popular movies of recent film history—appearing in more than 50 films over the course of his career. With titles such as Planes,Trains and Automobiles, Parenthood, Father of the Bride and Cheaper by the Dozen franchises, Baby Mama and It’s Complicated, Martin’s films are the kind that are viewed again and again. Martin wrote the screenplays for some of his most celebrated films including The Jerk, Roxanne, Bowfinger, L.A. Story, and Shopgirl. Martin’s first film was a seven-minute short he wrote and starred in, The Absent-Minded Waiter. The film was nominated for an Academy Award ® for Best Short Film, Live Action in 1977.
Martin was most recently elected to receive The Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Honorary Award at the Academy's 5th Annual Governors Awards. He has also hosted the Academy Awards® three times. As an author, Martin has written several books including his most recent, An Object of Beauty, which is being developing into a feature film. He has also written a bestselling collection of comic pieces, Pure Drivel, a bestselling novella, Shopgirl, as well as plays including Picasso at the Lapin Agile, children’s books and an art collection book. Martin wrote his first memoir, Born Standing Up, in 2007. His work frequently appears in The New Yorker and The New York Times.
Martin began his career as a writer on The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour, for which he earned his first Emmy Award® for Outstanding Writing Achievement in Comedy, Variety, or Music in 1969. In the mid-1970s, Martin shone as a stand-up on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, made appearances on HBO’s On Location and NBC’s Saturday Night Live and became the first comedian to sell out an arena performance.
As one of the most celebrated comedians, Martin’s comedy album Let’s Get Small (1978) went platinum in the United States and won a Grammy® for Best Comedy Album. His second album,Wild and Crazy Guy, was a comedy album that featured his first music single “King Tut.” This album reached double platinum status in the U.S and earned Martin his second Grammy® Award for Best Comedy Album. Martin’s third comedy album, Comedy is Not Pretty, was nominated for a Grammy® Award for Best Comedy Album in 1979.
Ever evolving his body of work, Martin is also a Grammy® Award winning musician who found his love for the banjo at the age of 17. Martin originally used his passion for the banjo as part of his standup comedy routine, but in 2010, he released his first album,The Crow:New Songs for the 5-Strong Banjo. Since then, Martin has played many prestigious stages including Carnegie Hall, Royal Festival Hall in London and the Capitol Building in Washington D.C. Martin released his second full length bluegrass album, Rare Bird Alert, in 2011. The album featured 13 Martin-penned tracks as well as special guest vocal appearances by Paul McCartney and The Dixie Chicks. Additionally, Martin co-wrote two of the CD’s songs with the Grammy® -winning bluegrass band, Steep Canyon Rangers. That year, Martin won the International Bluegrass Music Association’s Entertainer of the Year Award. He most recently collaborated with Edie Brickell on the critically acclaimed album, Love Has Come For You, which combines Martin’s five-string banjo work with Brickell’s vivid vocals. Martin and Brickell took home the Grammy® Award for “Best American Roots Song” for the song “Love Has Come For You” off the album of the same name. Martin also created the Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Banjo and Bluegrass for those who exemplify outstanding bluegrass performance.
Born in Waco,TX, in 1945, Steve Martin was raised in Southern California and began working as a comedian and magician at area amusement parks, including The Magic Shop at Disneyland. Martin went on to Santa Ana College, and then earned his Theater Arts degree from UCLA.