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JOAN OSBORNE HEADING TO S.L. AGAIN

Though she didn't win any of her Grammy nominations, singer Joan Osborne is taking the country by storm.

Her Top 5 single "One of Us" made everyone stop and think about the characteristics of diety, and her latest groove is a punchy (and irreverent) ditty called "Right Hand Man." Osborne's album "Relish" peaked at No. 4 on Billboard's Top 200 and gar-nered her seven Grammy nominations.Osborne will headline her third Salt Lake-area appearance in a little over a year at the Saltair pavilion Friday, May 17. The music begins with guest G. Love and Special Sauce at 7:30 p.m.

Osborne didn't consciously pursue music in her formative years. Osborne dreamed of becoming a film producer/director. But after stepping on stage during an open mike session in a New York club, she reassessed her options.

The 33-year-old from Kentucky struck gold when Rob Hyman, key-boardist for pop group the Hooters, heard her sing in Philadelphia's 23 East Cabaret. Hyman contacted producer Rick Chertoff, who was searching for talent for his new Polygram distributed Blue Gorilla label.

Soon, another Hooter - guitarist Eric Bazilian, who has worked with Sophie B. Hawkins and Patty Smyth - joined the crowd. It was Bazilian's hand that wrote the smooth pop of "One of Us."

For the tour, however, Osborne will be playing with bassist Rainy Orteca, guitarist Erik Della Penna and guitarist/keyboardist Jack Petruzelli.