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Rosanne Cash is an American singer and songwriter best known for her country hits "Seven Year Ache" and "I Don't Know Why You Don't Want Me."
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After her marriage, Cash signed on with Capitol Records and released 10 Song Demo in 1996. The album was a collection of stripped-down home recordings and included minimal instrumental accompaniment.
After releasing 10 Song Demo, Cash tried her hand at writing novels. In 1996, Cash released a collection of short stories called Bodies of Water, which was published by Hyperion. With the success of her book,
Cash was awarded an honorary doctorate from Memphis College of Art and gave the graduate commencement address in 1997. Cash continues to be involved in college master classes in writing and often speaks to women's groups.
Cash began working on a new album with Leventhal in 1998. The album, Rules of Travel, wasn't completed because she became pregnant with her fourth child. She also developed a polyp on her vocal cords, and was unable to sing for over two years. While waiting for her vocal cords to heal, Cash wrote her first children's book, Penelope Jane: A Fairy's Tale. The book also included an exclusive CD, and was published by Harper Collins in 2000. In 2002, Cash edited a collection of short stories by singers and songwriters called Songs Without Rhyme: Prose By Celebrated Songwriters.
She resumed recording Rules of Travel in 2003, an album which included guest appearances by artists such as Sheryl Crow and Steve Earle, along with a song co-written by Joe Henry and Jakob Dylan. The album also included a duet with her father Johnny Cash, entitled "September When It Comes." Rules of Travel was nominated for a Grammy in 2003 for Best Contemporary Folk Album.
Legacy Recordings reissued several of Rosanne Cash's best albums in 2005. Seven Year Ache, King's Record Shop and Interiors were included, along with a collection of songs from 1979 to 2003, The Very Best of Rosanne Cash.
In 2006, Rosanne Cash recorded and released Black Cadillac, which was an album marked and influenced by the loss of her father and stepmother June Carter Cash in 2003, along with the death of her mother Vivian in 2005, as the album was still being recorded. Black Cadillac was a critical success, and named a top 10 album of the year by several publications, including The New York Times, Billboard, PopMatters and NPR. Cash was again nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Folk/Americana Album. Also in 2006, documentary filmmaker Steve Lippman created Mariners and Musicians, based on the album and interviews with Rosanne Cash. The film debuted at the Tribeca Film Festival.
Rosanne underwent a risky brain surgery in 2007 for a Chiari malformation, a disorder that can cause a myriad of medical issues including hydrocephalus, paralysis, deafness and even death. Because of the surgery, Cash was forced to cancel the rest of Black Cadillac tour and promotion schedule. She fully recovered from the procedure, and continued to record and write.
In 2008, Rosanne Cash became a columnist for The New York Times songwriter column, "Measure for Measure." The next year, she released The List (2009), based on a list of the 100 greatest country songs that her father gave to her when she was 18. She is also slated to contribute a performance to Ghost Brothers of Darkland County, a unique collaboration of music and stories as assembled by rock singer John Mellencamp and novelist Stephen King.
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