New Canaan, Conn. -- Happy Birthday To New Canaan’s Edie Arlisa Brickell!
Brickell, who has owned a home in New Canaan, turns 50 on Thursday. The singer-songwriter was born March 10, 1966, in Oak Cliff, Texas.
In 1985, Brickell was invited to sing one night with friends from her old high school in a local folk rock group, New Bohemians, and later 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.
Its 1988 debut album, "Shooting Rubberbands at the Stars," became a critical and commercial success, including the single "What I Am." The band's follow-up album, "Ghost of a Dog" (1990), was a deliberate effort to highlight the band's eclectic personality and move away from the pop sensibility of their first record.
She had a role as a folk singer in the 1989 film "Born on the Fourth of July" and 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.
As a solo artist, she released "Picture Perfect Morning" (1994) and "Volcano" (2003).
In 2006, she made another album with all of the original members of New Bohemians called "Stranger Things."
In 2010, she became a founding member of new band The Gaddabouts.
In 2011, she wrote the title track “The Meaning of Life” for writer/director Tamar Halpern’s film Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life.
Brickell married singer-songwriter Paul Simon on May 30, 1992. They met while Brickell was performing on NBC's "Saturday Night Live" on Nov. 5, 1988. Brickell and Simon have three children.
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