January 26, 2014
Few singers have the staying power of folk icon, Judy Collins. For nearly 45 illustrious years, her gorgeous voice and poetic lyrics have galvanized a generation. She has released more than 40 albums, has had numerous Top 10 hits, Grammy nominations and gold and platinum selling albums.
Her rendition of Joni Mitchell's "Both Sides Now" on her classic 1967 album, "Wildflowers," has since been entered into the Grammy's Hall of Fame. In 1975 Judy's version of "Send in the Clowns" won "Song of the Year." And even though it had been recorded by 200 people before her, Judy's version still is the first and only song of Stephen Sondheim's to reach the Top 10.
A longtime (49 years) New York City resident, Judy has appeared on "Sesame Street," dueting with Big Bird and performing an aria with Snuffleupagus, and testified at the trial of the Chicago 7. Her newest album, Paradise, features contributions from Joan Baez (a duet on "Diamonds and Rust"), Stephen Stills, Jimmy Webb ("he plays the conch") and Annie Liebovitz (the cover photo).
"The way I look at it, and this is 50 years I've been doing this: songs, I don't find them, they find me. They locate me. And the ones that I write locate me, too," - Judy Collins