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Petra Haden (born October 11, 1971 in New York Citymarker) is an American violinist and singer. She is or has been a member of several bands, including That Dog, Tito & Tarantula, The Rentals and The Decemberists; has contributed to recordings by The Twilight Singers, Beck, Mike Watt, Luscious Jackson, Jimmy Eat World, Foo Fighters, Green Day, Queens of the Stone Age, Weezer, Victoria Williams, Yuka Honda and The Gutter Twins. She is the daughter of the jazz bassist Charlie Haden; the triplet sister of bassist Rachel Haden (her bandmate in That Dog) and cellist Tanya Haden (married to singer and actor Jack Black) with whom she has performed as The Haden Triplets; and the sister of bassist-singer Josh Haden, formerly leader of the group Spain.

In 1999 she released her first album, Imaginaryland, consisting mostly of original a-capella music. In 2000, Petra was struck by a car while crossing a street in Los Angelesmarker; the resulting injuries forced her out of performance for several months. In 2005 she released the home-recorded album Petra Haden Sings: The Who Sell Out (Bar/None), a complete a cappella rendition of The Who Sell Out. The project was suggested to Haden by longtime friend Mike Watt, who also gave her the eight-channel multi-track cassette recorder she used to make it. Funded in part by a Durfee grant and wanting to perform the work live, Haden created a new arrangement of The Who Sell Out for a ten woman a cappella choir called Petra Haden & The Sellouts. The premier live performance of the full work occurred in July 2005 at the Ford Amphitheatre as a part of the "sound." concert series.

She has also released a self-titled collaboration with jazz guitarist Bill Frisell.

She contributed to the recording of ØØ Void by drone metal band Sunn O))) and played on the debut and follow up album of Sunn O))) guitarist Greg Anderson's other doom metal band Goatsnake.

She is also at work on a collection of songs with Yuka Honda, apparently with contributing performances by Sean Lennon.

In 2007, Haden recorded an a cappella cover of Journey's "Don't Stop Believing" for the compilation album Guilt by Association Vol. 1 .

She performed on the soundtrack to the film An American Crime, starring Catherine Keener and Ellen Page, which premiered on Showtime in May 2008.

In 2009, Toyota commissioned Haden to perform three songs for television commercials for the third-generation Toyota Prius, including an a capella version of the Bellamy Brothers 1970s song "Let Your Love Flow".

Haden played violin on "Sentimental Tune" by Tegan and Sara, off of their album Sainthood.(released October 27th, 2009)Currently working as vocal coach/arranger for the upcoming a-capella reality tv show on NBC, "Sing Off", airs in December.

Discography

Albums



That Dog albums



References

  1. http://www.culturebot.org/?p=759 Culturebot.org
  2. Adtunes - Toyota Lets the Love Flow


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