Rosanne Cash is a Grammy-winning singer and songwriter. Her fourteen record albums, released over the last twenty five years, have charted eleven Number-One singles. She has earned numerous accolades for songwriting and performance.
Rosanne Cash was born on May 24, 1956 in Memphis, Tennessee, to her father, country singer Johnny Cash, and Vivian Liberto. After her parents separated in the early ‘60s, she was raised by her mom in Southern California. Following her graduation from high school, she joined her father’s road show where she went from handling the tour’s laundry duties to performing, first as a back-up singer then as an infrequent soloist. Even with this exposure to the music business, Rosanne was unsure that she wanted to make music her career, so she took some acting classes. She also worked as a secretary in London and traveled extensively abroad.
Cash was signed with Columbia Records, and began performing with Texas singer/songwriter, Rodney Crowell, who produced three of the songs off her debut album, Right or Wrong. The record yielded three Top 25 hits, including a duet with Bobby Bare, entitled “No Memories Hangin’ Round”. She and Crowell later married that same year.
In the following ten years, Cash released Seven Year Ache, which yielded both country and crossover hits, Rhythm and Romance, a widely-acclaimed fusion of country and pop and King’s Record Shop, which generated four Number-One singles. She was named Billboard’s Top Singles Artist in 1988.
The early 1990s saw the release of the critically-acclaimed, highly personal albums Interiors and The Wheel. A stark, minimally-produced “home” recording, 10 Song Demo, was released in 1996. After a hiatus following the birth of her son, Jake, a new album, Rules of Travel, was released in March 2003.
Her most recent album, Black Cadillac, was released in January 2006, and was nominated for a Grammy award for Best Contemporary Folk/Americana Album.
Her first book, Bodies of Water (Hyperion, 1995), received widespread critical acclaim, as did her children’s book, Penelope Jane: A Fairy’s Tale (HarperCollins, 2000). Her essays and fiction have appeared in The New York Times, Rolling Stone, The Oxford-American, New York Magazine, and various other periodicals and collections.
Rosanne Cash lives in New York City with her husband, John Leventhal, and her children. She is currently working on a book of non-fiction, to be published by Viking in 2009.