Petra Haden

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Petra Haden
Background information
Birth name Petra Haden
Born October 11, 1971 (age 52)
Manhattan, New York
Origin New York City
Occupation(s) Musician, Songwriter, Vocalist, Violinist, Tortoise owner
Years active 1996–present
Instrument(s) Vocals, Violin
Associated acts
That Dog,The Rentals

Petra Haden (born October 11, 1971) is an American musician and singer.


Haden has been a member of several bands, including That Dog and the Rentals. Haden contributed violin to Weezer's cover of the Green Day song "Worry Rock," released in 2003. Haden is the daughter of the jazz bassist Charlie Haden and the triplet sister of bassist Rachel Haden (her bandmate in That Dog) and cellist Tanya Haden (married to singer and actor Jack Black).

Car accident

In August of 2000, Petra sustained severe injuries and fell into a coma following a car accident in Venice, California, breaking several ribs, her pelvis, and nearly losing an eye.[1] Doctors inserted a permanent metal rod in her right leg. Her hospital stay and subsequent physical and cognitive rehabilitation therapy resulted in a successful recovery, but incurred significant medical bills. As Haden lacked medical insurance, the music community coordinated a string of benefit concerts to aid in her recovery and medical costs. These benefits included performances by Beck, Tenacious D, Petra's brother Josh Haden (Spain), Stephen Perkins, The GoGo’s, Vincent Gallo, Sean Lennon, Miss Murgatroid, and others. A double 7"-vinyl benefit record was released by Vegas Records in 2003, including exclusive tracks by Weezer, Phantom Planet, Ben Kweller, and AM Radio. Haden recovered and was back to work recording music by 2003.



This section requires expansion.

The following consists of albums for which Haden receives primary musicianship credit, whether in her own name or as a member of a band. The list does not cover all albums on which Haden has appeared.

Release Year Artist(s) Credits Label
That Dog
1994 That Dog Vocals, violin, composer
As a band member: production, mixing, art design
Geffen Records
Totally Crushed Out!
1995 That Dog Vocals, violin.
As a band member: arranging, recording, mixing, design/art direction
Geffen Records
Return of the Rentals
1995 The Rentals Vocals, violin Maverick Records
1996 Solo release Vocals, instrumentation, arrangement, composition W.I.N. Records
Retreat From The Sun
1997 That Dog Vocals, violin, strings
As a band member: co-production
Geffen Records
Seven More Minutes
1999 The Rentals Vocals, violin Warner Records
Bella Neurox
1999 with Miss Murgatroid Violin, mandolin, vocals, additional production, piano (credited as "occasional") W.I.N. Records
Petra Haden and Bill Frisell
2004 with Bill Frisell Vocals, violin, composition, arrangement Songline/Tone Field Productions
Petra Haden Sings: The Who Sell Out
2005 Solo release Vocals, arrangement, recording, mixing Bar/None Records
Hearts & Daggers
2008 with Miss Murgatroid Vocals, viola, violin, producer File Under: Music
Ten Years
2008 with Woody Jackson Vocals[clarification needed] DashGo[clarification needed]
The Windmills of Your Mind
2012 with Bill Frissell, Paul Motian, Thomas Morgan
Bandleader: Paul Motian
Vocals Winter & Winter
Petra Goes To The Movies
2013 Solo release Vocals, arrangement Anti-
The Haden Triplets
2014 The Haden Triplets Vocals, arrangement Third Man Records
Seemed Like a Good Idea
2016 with Jesse Harris Vocals, violin Sunnyside Records
Joey Always Smiled
2016 with Mark Kozelek Vocals, composition Caldo Verde Records
2019 with Salamander Vocals, violin, composition Bodan Kuma Recordings
The Family Songbook
2020 The Haden Triplets Vocals, arrangement Trimeter Records
Songs For Petra: Petra Haden Sings The Zorn/Harris Songbook
2020 with John Zorn, Jesse Harris Vocals Tzadik Records


Haden was part of a short-lived project with Tom Grimley in the early 90's, which released two extended play's.


  1. Hochman, Steve. "A Mixed Bill, but a Common Cause" Los Angeles Times. 28 November 2000.