Growing up in the small town of Anchorage, Kentucky, multi-platinum recording artist Joan Osborne would spend her summers wandering in the woods and singing to the birds.
Osborne, who’s know for her hit song, “One of Us,” will wander into another small town community this summer and perform her beautiful and popular hits.
“I have never been to Kauai, but I’ve heard so much about it over the years, so I’m very excited.” Osborne said.
Osborne will perform an acoustic show with piano player Keith Cotton at Kauai Community College Performing Arts Center on July 29.
“It’s going to be a beautiful night of music — Keith and I will give a 100 percent of our heart and soul,” Osborne said. “I’ve been told by many of my fans the music has real healing power and that it lifts people up and gives them courage and it’s also really fun.”
The show will highlight piano arrangements of Osborne’s music created by Cotton. Aside from singing, Osborne will play the guitar and some percussion.
“We’ll certainly play ‘One of Us.’ That’s the song that most people are familiar with,” Osborne said. “Keith has done a beautiful solo piano arrangement for it. We’ve been performing like that for a little while. I always look out and see people reaching up to wipe the tears away.”
Osborne and Cotton started their acoustic show in the northeast, around New York City and Philly.
“ I just wanted to have a different kind of show where we can take the tunes that people were used to hearing in a full-band setting and just kind of distilled down to their essence,” she said.
Osborne said fans may expect to hear songs from the album, “Relish,” which was recently re-released to celebrate its 20th anniversary, and from her most recent album, “Love and Hate.”
“That album is all about romantic relationships and the whole spectrum of what they are — not just the bright, happy love songs but also the more challenging and interesting dramatic aspects of them, too,” she said.
Osborne and Cotton will perform some songs from the 2012 album “Bring it on Home,” which was nominated for a Grammy for blues album of the year.
“We’ll be taking the songs from the full band versions and kind of presenting them in this very essential kind of way,” she said. “It’s a mix of the different original music I put out and some of the cover albums I put out.”
Tickets for the show are $45 for general admission and $65 for gold circle and may be purchased at www.lazarbearproductions.com/t/joan-osborne. Doors open at 6 p.m., show starts at 7 p.m.